About the park
Cottonwood Canyon is going to be a state park, but it isn’t open yet. That will happen in 2013. Right now, it’s a glorious piece of central Oregon property on the lower John Day River, with hills, canyons and bottomlands. See a map and read “The Wild Place.”
If you’re an Oregonian, you probably have a favorite park. Might be the one down the street, or someplace hours away. Ever stop to ask, “Why do I love this place?” Well, we ask that question every time we fire up the park planning machine.
Sure, we dress up the question using an entire thesaurus of professional lingo, but when you get down to it, planning for recreation, scenery, cultural protection and natural resources comes down to describing the real values of the property so we can define the benefits it should provide, which then leads to a plan for facilities and resource protection.