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Mon. 08/22/16
Washington Credit Unions Can Help Relieve Financial Stress
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 08/22/16 11:38 AM
SEATAC, WA. -- The top cause of financial stress for Washingtonians is paying off debt, according to a new, nationwide survey by GoBankingRates. A key factor contributing to that stress in the Evergreen State is credit card debt, which averages over $6,200 a year and is higher than average debt in most states.

Washington Credit unions can help you manage that stress, because they offer much lower interest rates on credit cards. For example, Washington credit union members saved a collective $111 million in credit card interest rates last year vs. what they would have been charged by banks. Credit unions charged 5.63% lower interest rates than banks on classic credit cards. Most credit unions also provide free financial counseling to help you manage your money.

How is all of this possible? Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. With no stockholders to pay, earnings are reinvested in the members.

Find out more about credit union membership by visiting http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
The GoBankingRates survey on financial stress can be found here: https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/financial-stress-state/

Source: Informa Resource Services, National Credit Union Association and Credit Union National Association analysis for the year ending March 31, 2016.

Attached Media Files: 2016-08/4992/97109/Washington_credit_unions_can_help_relieve_financial_stress.docx
Thu. 08/18/16
BLM, USGS Publish Data and Visualization Site for Sagebrush Geospatial Data
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 08/18/16 1:32 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have published a hub to enable easy visualization and access to geospatial data about the west's "sagebrush sea." This will help guide sagebrush conservation efforts during the 2016 fire season and beyond.

"We have the benefit of a tremendous amount of scientific information to help us conserve the sagebrush ecosystem that hasn't always been organized in a way that makes it easy to find." said Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "This hub provides a simple way to reach the most definitive information from the USGS, the BLM, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service, all in one place. It will provide the many groups working to conserve the sagebrush sea and Greater Sage-Grouse with a shared understanding of this landscape to help facilitate coordination in setting priorities for conservation and fire prevention at all levels."

The sagebrush geospatial framework includes a catalog of geospatial data for the entire sagebrush ecosystem, as well as a series of visualization tools. The hub allows users to view or create printable maps, download Geographic Information System (GIS) data, and compare local data sets with larger regional data sets. The wildland fire community can, for example, use the free online tools to help select areas for preventative actions that will reduce the potential for future fires in sagebrush habitat.

The new common access point for this sagebrush data is the Secretarial Order 3336 tab at https: //www.landscape.blm.gov/geoportal. Additional entries to the data catalog and analysis and decision support tools will be added to the framework as they become available.

"Geospatial data is critical for understanding how local conditions fit into the overall landscape." said Steve Hanser, USGS Sage-Grouse Specialist. "The data access, visualization, and decision support tools developed through this effort will help provide a landscape-scale understanding and context for decision makers, which are important when dealing with the vast area of the sagebrush biome."

This geospatial framework is a component of the comprehensive, science-based strategy announced by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in January 2015 to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands in the Great Basin. The goals of this strategy include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response.

Schneider noted that the hub will provide access to the data used to develop the Conservation and Restoration Strategy, another element of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy called for by Secretary Jewell in 2015. This strategy is intended to inform a multi-year plan for conservation and restoration actions across the sagebrush ecosystem.

The accelerated invasion of non-native grasses and the spread of pinyon-juniper, along with drought and the effects of climate change, increased the threat of rangeland fires to the sagebrush landscape and the more than 350 species of plants and animals, such as Greater Sage-Grouse, mule deer and pronghorn antelope, which rely on this critically important ecosystem. The increasing frequency and intensity of rangeland fire in sagebrush ecosystems has significantly damaged the landscape on which ranchers, livestock managers, hunters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts rely. This unnatural fire cycle puts at risk their economic contributions across this landscape that support and maintain the Western way of life in America.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

USGS provides science for a changing world. Visit USGS.gov, and follow us on Twitter @USGS and our other social media channels. Subscribe to our news releases via e-mail, RSS or Twitter.

Attached Media Files: 2016-08/5514/97025/Geospatial_Data_PR_8-17-2016.pdf
Wed. 08/10/16
New fundraising event at the Washington State Fair to help Stop Diabetes.
American Diabetes Association - 08/10/16 10:47 AM
The American Diabetes Association, along with the Washington State Fair, recently announced a brand new event for 2016--American Diabetes Day at the Fair, presented by Coordinated Care, on Sunday, September 4, 2016.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a short program and Step Out fundraising walk at the Washington State Fair to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Seahawk defensive tackle Jordan Hill and hundreds of participants will walk and raise funds for local diabetes research, education and advocacy programs. Walkers will also enjoy free admission to the Fair for the day. Registration is $10 for adults (free for children under age 18) and participants can earn prizes, including a VIP brunch with Jordan Hill, VIP tickets to the Tim McGraw concert at the Fair, free parking, event T-shirt and more, based on their fundraising efforts. Free flu shots will also be available to all participants.

Throughout the day, fairgoers can learn how to eat healthier, be more active and decrease their risk for developing type 2 diabetes through demonstrations and information provided by local vendors.

American Diabetes Day at the Fair is presented by Coordinated Care and sponsored by Pacific Medical Centers, Premera Blue Cross, Walgreens, Jordan Hill Foundation, Swedish and the Washington State Fair.

For more information or to register, visit diabetes.org/adaday.
Fri. 08/05/16
BLM Approves Path Forward to Increase Timber Harvest and Environmental Protections in Western Oregon Forests
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 08/05/16 11:29 AM
Portland, Ore. --The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today approved an historic path forward for local communities in Western Oregon with Resource Management Plans (RMPs) that will increase job growth, tourism and recreation while also creating predictability for timber harvest, and offering strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources.

"With this Resource Management Plan, the BLM has achieved an extraordinary balance that will create predictability and sustainability in Western Oregon," BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis said. "We are creating timber harvest opportunities for local communities, increasing tourism and recreation and protecting threatened and endangered species. We look forward to continue working with Oregonians on plan implementation."

Throughout the course of the planning process, the BLM held 41 public meetings, workshops, and forums in Western Oregon. The agency received more than 7,000 comments, 4,500 of which were sent in during the formal comment period in 2015. The BLM also worked closely with other federal and state agencies and Oregon counties to develop strategies to protect fish, water, and threatened and endangered species.

The BLM estimates that with full implementation of the RMPs it will be able to provide 278 million board feet (mmbf) per year in total timber harvest. The BLM will create harvest timber opportunities using the principles of ecological forestry, which incorporates principles of natural forest development. In the reserves, the BLM would allow timber harvest to help meet management objectives such as increasing fire resiliency, developing habitat for northern spotted owl and other species, and protecting listed fish species and water resources. Also in the reserves, the BLM would protect stands of older, structurally complex forests. These stands include nearly 100 percent of all older forests, which protect high quality habitat for spotted owl.

In response to public input, the plan will also increase recreation and tourism opportunities in Western Oregon by designating 20 percent of the planning areas as Recreation Management Areas (RMAs), which are areas on the landscape that will be developed to create recreation opportunities, reduce user conflicts, and protect natural and recreational resources. There are approximately 491,000 acres of RMAs in the planning area. The BLM focused on providing close-to-home recreation access based on 30 and 60 minute travel distances from the 12 most populated communities in the planning area.

"The Forest Service commends the Bureau of Land Management on the impressive effort put for on their Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon, including their clear commitment to public engagement throughout the process," said Jim Peņa, Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service. "We thank the BLM for their close partnership and coordination during this management planning effort."

The BLM estimates the RMPs will increase annual harvest value from $23 million to $51 million, the value of recreation will increase from $223 million to $271 million, and the contributions to jobs will increase from 7,900 to 8,500.

The BLM signed two decisions: a Northwestern and Coastal Oregon Record of Decision (ROD)/RMP and a Southwestern Oregon ROD/RMP. The Northwestern and Coastal Oregon ROD will include the Salem, Eugene, Coos Bay, and northern half of the Roseburg Districts, and the Southwestern Oregon ROD will include Medford and southern half of the Roseburg Districts, and the Klamath Falls Resource Area in the Lakeview District. The RODs each contain a rationale for the decision, provide an allowable sale quantity declaration, describe how the BLM will transition to the new plan, and outline direction for mitigation, plan monitoring, and evaluation. The completion of the RODs is a culmination of a four year effort by the BLM to use new science, policies, and technology to protect natural resources and support local communities.

The BLM released the Proposed RMPs for a 30-day protest period beginning April 15, 2016, and received 46 protests. Descriptions of how each was addressed can be found in the Director's Protest Resolution Report available at http:// www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/protest_resolution/protestreports.html.

Copies of this document are available at the Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg, and Salem Districts and the Lakeview District's Klamath Falls Field Office. The document is also available to view or download online at http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/.

All elements of the Resource Management Plan will be effective immediately. The implementation timeline for projects will be decided at the District or Field Office level. All District-level projects, including timber sales, development of recreation opportunities, and restoration projects, will need to go through site-specific planning.

The RODs and RMPs for the six Western Oregon BLM districts were last approved in 1995. In 2011, the BLM conducted plan evaluations of the 1995 RMPs, and concluded that a plan revision was needed to address necessary changes to timber and wildlife programs, and minor changes to most other programs as a result of new scientific information.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Attached Media Files: News Release
Thu. 08/04/16
Media Advisory: Press Conference on BLM Plan to Increase Timber Harvest and Environmental Protections in Western Oregon Forests
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 08/04/16 12:00 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management will be holding a press conference on Friday, August 5, at 11:30am, to discuss the signing of the Records of Decision for the Resource Management Plans of western Oregon. The BLM is proposing a path forward for local communities in Western Oregon with a plan that will increase job growth, tourism and recreation, create predictability for timber harvest, and offer strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources.

Call in information: 888-810-6803

Participant Passcode: 8977046

The BLM will be releasing the Records of Decision, an Interactive Map, a Story Map, and additional information online at 11:30am:


Attached Media Files: News Release
Tue. 08/02/16
WA's Early Learning System Marks Success in Meeting Critical Quality Milestone (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 08/02/16 12:21 PM
Infographic (Map)
Infographic (Map)
As of Aug. 1, 2016, the majority of non-school age children receiving child care subsidies in Washington are being cared for by providers who are committed to high-quality early learning experiences. The 2015 Early Start Act created a mandate for quality improvement via participation in the State's Early Achievers system. We now have 3,072 providers enrolled in the program and on the path towards quality ratings. As the Department of Early Learning drives forward towards its goal of getting 90% of children ready for kindergarten by 2020, with race and family income no longer predictors of success, reaching this milestone in the Early Achievers program is substantial.

"I'm excited that more than 3,000 providers have joined us in improving the success of the next generation with high-quality early learning opportunities for our State's diverse children," said Ross Hunter, Director, Department of Early Learning.

What is Early Achievers?

Early Achievers is Washington's program to provide additional supports to early learning professionals, including training, scholarships, quality improvement awards, and higher pay. It helps parents find the best possible care for their youngest learners, and ensures the money the State spends on subsidies only goes to evidence-based high-quality care.

"Early Achievers has come a long way since its inception four years ago. With the passage of the Aug. 1 Early Start Act milestone it is important to reflect on how much progress high-quality child care and early learning programs have made in Washington. With more than 3,000 licensed providers now participating, Early Achievers has become the driving force of quality in this field. We at Child Care Aware of Washington are inspired by the strengths, hard work and dedication of our state's child care providers whom we have been privileged to support on their Early Achievers journeys." Robin Lester, CEO, Child Care Aware of Washington.

Provider numbers by Child Care Aware of Washington region.

What does Washington's Early Achievers system look like now?
3,072 total licensed providers participating in the program; 2,130 are Family Homes and 942 are Centers.
There are more than a dozen languages spoken by providers, with more than 230 Somali and 550 Spanish speakers alone.
There are more than 35,000 children in care with Early Achievers participants; roughly 8 percent are infants, 26 percent are toddlers, and 66 percent are preschool age.

What's next for our early learning professionals?

Early Achievers is a supportive process -- it means that participants have committed to continuous improvement and ongoing ratings. The majority of providers have until the end of 2019 to rate a level 3 or higher in the program. DEL will continue to evaluate this growing program, refining the standards to ensure they engender the kindergarten readiness that is at the core of our mission and purpose. With this success, we are making progress towards our goal of getting 90% of kids ready for kindergarten by 2020.

"Aligning quality standards in all early learning facilities was an ambitious goal that we are now fully implementing. With high quality training, technical assistance and coaching, we are learning new methods, refining old ones and documenting milestones. I am continually inspired with family child care providers across the state that are embracing these new practices and dedicating the endless hours to implement new tools like ERS and CLASS, and becoming very intentional in their goals for each and every child," said Marie Keller, Family Child Care Chapter President SEIU925.

Want to learn more about Early Achievers? Visit our webpage: www.del.wa.gov/early-achievers.

Numbers throughout this post do not include ECEAP/HS sites or private-pay providers and were current as of August 1, 2016. Family, Friends, and Neighbors providers are not required to participate in Early Achievers.

Attached Media Files: Infographic (Map) , Infographic (Who is in Early Achievers)
A New Head Start Grant, A New Model (Photo)
Puget Sound ESD - 08/02/16 8:00 AM
Figure 2
Figure 2
Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is very pleased to share that we were recently awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grant to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services in our communities for the next five years.

As a Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) program serving King and Pierce Counties for five decades, PSESD welcomes this opportunity to renew its commitment to early learning services, re-focus the program's experience and expertise, and apply lessons learned to ensure that high quality HS and EHS services are measurably effective and meet the diverse needs of families with low incomes in communities across the Puget Sound region.

Prior to July 1, 2016 PSESD operated HS, EHS, and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) state preschool programs for more than 5,000 children from low-income families in King and Pierce Counties through four early learning grants (see Figure 1).

In 2008 Congress required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--the federal agency that administers the Office of Head Start--to establish the Designation Renewal System (DRS). DRS was designed to ensure that Head Start and Early Head Start agencies deliver high-quality and comprehensive services to the children and families they serve, through increased accountability and definitive five-year grant periods for all Head Start service awards. Re-competition for existing grantees is one process used in DRS. In re-competition, the opportunity to provide Head Start services in that particular service area is made available to any interested agency through competitive application in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

As a result of DRS, PSESD's longstanding HS/EHS grant serving 1,944 children in Pierce and King Counties ended on June 30, 2016. PSESD first learned of our DRS status in June 2014. Since that time, we have been in communication with all of our subcontractors providing direct service, to let them know our funding would end and we would need to re-compete for future funding. In October 2015, the FOA ( what is FOA) was released announcing the new grant opportunity to all current and potential Head Start and Early Head Start providers in the PSESD service area (all of King and Pierce Counties, excluding the City of Seattle and Head Start preschool services in the City of Tacoma).

The FOA (what is FOA) identified new priorities from the Office of Head Start to increase the length of program days and the number of days per year for Head Start programs that have typically provided approximately 448 hours of class time per year. We utilized this information and input from our parent-led governing body, community stakeholders, sub-contractors and our Community Assessment to design our approach to offer HS/EHS in three regions of a two-county service area: Northeast King County, South King County, and Pierce County. Our programmatic priorities focused on enhancing service models and improving school readiness rates across the region by prioritizing these areas:

- High Impact: More full-day and higher intensity part-day HS models. This included implementing more 6-hour programs and extending all Head Start programs from 120 days per year to 170 days or more per year.

- Starting Early: More EHS slots to increase access to multiple years of high quality early learning.
- Highly Qualified Staff: More resources to increase qualifications and training of staff, especially teachers and home-visitors.
- Child Outcome Focused: Focus on closing the opportunity gap; meet the needs of a diverse population and those with special needs.

Targeting these priorities did have an impact on capacities for services across the region as you can see from Figure 2.

On April 18, 2016, PSESD learned that we had a successful application; however, we would not receive the full funding of $20,182,253 that our grant application proposed. On May 31, 2016, PSESD received notification that the Office of Head Start confirmed our new grant was funded at the level of $18,068,902 per year for 5 years, serving a total of 1,545 EHS and HS slots. This is 399 less slots than we had in our previous grant.

The need for services is great across PSESD's two-county service area, where about 40% of the state's entire K-12 population resides, along with 34% of the state's children from low-income families. Approximately 55% of South King County students, 47% of Pierce County students, and 15% of Northeast King County students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The large population of low-income families in the service area experience lower school readiness and achievement rates compared to their middle- and upper-income peers. Despite this need, we were faced with the very difficult process of determining how we would allocate these new slots across our region.

There were two major factors used to determine how and where slots would be allocated based on this new grant funding level and requirements. The first and most heavily weighted was the data from our most recent Community Needs assessment (45 CFR 1305.3) published in 2014, and the relative levels of needs within different geographical areas within the entire Puget Sound ESD region. This data allowed us to systematically look at the needs within each community alongside the Office of Head Start (OHS) defined priorities in the new model to determine where slots would be allocated with the new grant. The second factor was information gathered through our Risk Assessment tool, a compilation of monitoring data collected from all PSESD Early Learning sites and centers.

On June 2, PSESD notified our subcontractors of our successful application and the award amount, as well as the next steps in the communication regarding slot allocation. Individual subcontractors received notification of their status and slot allocation on June 6, 2016. Specifics of the new grant was then communicated to stakeholders over the next several days, including the following information:

- $14,962,245 to serve 1344 Head Start (HS) children
- $3,106,657 to serve 201 Early Head Start (EHS) children and/or pregnant women
- There are 3 subcontractors that PSESD is no longer contracting with in the new grant.
- 6 subcontractors will have a total of 16 classrooms providing 6+ hour days to accommodate prioritized model changes
- Homebased EHS slots will not be offered through PSESD in the Highline School District area, as these services will be provided by a different grantee as of 7/1/16

Without a doubt, the new grant has impacted many longstanding PSESD subcontractors, and in turn children, families and communities. Even within PSESD, staff positions will potentially be eliminated as a result of this new grant and funding level. And yet as we experience these changes in the region, it is important to remember that there was another successful grantee during this competitive process (This doesn't make sense) that is bringing many more Early Head Start slots to children and families, further expanding early learning opportunities in Puget Sound and reducing the overall impact.

Throughout this difficult process, PSESD was committed to transparency in our communication with subcontractors, parents, community partners and all of our stakeholders about the possible outcomes and potential impacts on our early learning models. Through regular communication, special public meetings, and surveys we were able to incorporate community and stakeholder input to make our application competitive, and--more importantly--one that re-envisioned our early learning programs throughout the region to better prepare children and their families to be ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Throughout this difficult process, PSESD was committed to transparency in our communication with subcontractors, parents, community partners and all of our stakeholders about the possible outcomes and potential impacts on our early learning models. Through regular communication, special public meetings, and surveys we were able to incorporate community and stakeholder input to make our application competitive, and--more importantly--one that re-envisioned our early learning programs throughout the region to better prepare children and their families to be ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

We are continuing our practice of transparent communication and hosting two community meetings in August at PSESD in Renton. During these meetings attendees will have the opportunity to:
- Learn about the current Head Start Re-competition Grant Process
- Learn about the New Head Start Grant Model and changes being implemented across the region
- Community Meetings will be held at Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
- Saturday, August 6, 2016 10:00 am -- 11:30 am
- Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:00 pm -- 7:30 pm

Interpreters and light refreshments will be provided. Please note there is no onsite childcare provided. Please email Barb Johnson, bjohnson@psesd.org, your RSVP by Friday, August 5, for interpreter services

Looking ahead to the shifts happening in early learning in our region, our state and around the nation, we are in a time of change. In addition to these funding changes, we anticipate the release of new/revised Head Start regulations by the end of the summer. We also look forward to continued expansion of ECEAP services over the next several years in our State (Senate Bill 5904, RCW 43.215). Nonetheless, these changes to Head Start have come with a price and the impact and challenges of these changes are being felt by children, families and staff across our region, and the nation.

In the 51 years of the program, Head Start's mission has always been to prepare children for kindergarten. At PSESD we know that we do this by collaborating with community partners, involving parents in program governance, and ensuring the families we serve receive high-quality comprehensive services. PSESD is committed to taking what we have learned from this experience from all perspectives--families, districts, community members and other partners--and using these lessons learned to move forward to better serve the children and families in our region.

Attached Media Files: Figure 2 , Figure 1
Sun. 07/31/16
Boise Woman Loses Her Life In Highway 97 Crash Near Chemult - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/31/16 8:22 PM
On July 31, 2016 at about 10:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on Highway 97 near milepost 214 (just south of the junction with Highway 138E, 10 miles south of Chemult).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Honda Pilot was southbound on Highway 97 when it drifted across the centerline and struck a northbound 2005 Toyota Matrix head-on.

The driver of the Toyota, Melissa Kay GIBSON, age 27, of Boise, Idaho, was declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel. Her passenger, Simona ARNAUTOV, age 22, of Oregon City, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center. The driver of the Honda, Elizabeth A BROWN, age 19, of Klamath Falls, also received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. The highway was closed for about an hour and a half until one lane was opened for alternating traffic. Both lanes were open by 4PM. OSP was assisted at the scene by Chemult Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: 2016-07/1002/96527/100_1145.JPG , 2016-07/1002/96527/100_1105.JPG , 2016-07/1002/96527/100_1165.JPG
Thu. 07/28/16
Zane Grey Cabin Officially Designated Under the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 07/28/16 9:25 AM
Grants Pass, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grants Pass Field Office, is pleased to announce that the historic Zane Grey Cabin at Winkle Bar has been officially designated for preservation under the National Register of Historic Places. This honor is intended to provide recognition of the site's significance and to encourage its continued preservation.

The historic cabin is located at Winkle Bar, one of the most unique sites along the world-famous Rogue Wild and Scenic River. This spot--and the entire Rogue River--was popularized by the western novelist and angler Zane Grey, who fell in love with and wrote about the pristine wilderness and abundant fishing opportunities on the river.

In 1925, Grey launched an expedition down the Rogue River from Grants Pass to Gold Beach with nine other adventurers in seven wooden boats. Of the places Grey encountered on the trip, Winkle Bar proved to be the most influential. In 1926 he purchased the mining claim there and had this now-famous cabin built. In Tales of Freshwater Fishing, Grey described his new acquisition:

"The rushing river at this point makes a deep bend round a long oval bar, with rocky banks and high level terraces above, and both wooded and open land. Here it flows through a lonely valley set down amid the lofty green mountain slopes. A government forest trail winds out some twenty miles to the nearest settlement. Far indeed it is across the dark Oregon peaks to railroad or automobile road!"

It was here, and along other portions of the Rogue River, that Grey was inspired to write such books as Rogue River Feud, Shooting the Rogue, and Tales of Freshwater Fishing. Grey's prose drew visitors by the thousands, and helped make the Rogue River a premiere destination for world class steelhead fishing, recreation, and wildlife viewing.

In 2008, the BLM purchased the property to help preserve its unique historic values. In 2012, the BLM began the process of documenting the site's historic significance for designation for preservation under the National Register of Historic Places. With funding and volunteer support from the Farley Tyas Foundation, considerable work was done to the property and to the cabin itself so that visitors can experience the scenery and history of Grey's era.

Today, visitors to the site at Winkle Bar will notice that the shake roof, windows, and log walls of the cabin have been repaired. This was done with careful attention to the historical details and construction techniques of the period of significance--1926. Visitors can also see the remains of a well-weathered wooden boat, thought to be one of the original vessels from Grey's first journey down the river in 1925.

Visitors today will also find a recently-installed interpretive display at Winkle Bar. Entitled "The Country Gentleman," the display commemorates Zane Grey's time on the Rogue River and describes how his writing helped bring attention to the river's wild and scenic values.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. With this official listing, the Zane Grey cabin will be better protected for the public to visit and appreciate for generations.

Photos of the Zane Grey Cabin can be found on the BLM Flickr site at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5PdfC3.

Additional information about the BLM's Medford District is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/index.php.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Attached Media Files: 2016-07/5514/96445/Zane_Grays_Cabin_people_5_03.jpg , Zane Grey Cabin , Zane Grey Cabin - Front