Cave Junction, Oregon – The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,500 to the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO) to improve the parking lot information kiosk and interpretive trail signage for the Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside recreation area, located south of Cave Junction on Highway 199.
The Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside is home to a wide variety of plant life, and is home to the highest concentration of rare plants in Oregon. The botanically rich area is known for its unique flood plain soils, which have a strong effect on the plants that grow there. The grant will support the installation of signage, to complement improvements that have happened in the past year including drastically extending trail lengths and widening trails to better accommodate visitors in wheelchairs, using strollers, and walking side-by-side to the area. The planned interpretive trail signage will make it easier to navigate the area and learn about the local flora and fauna.
“There’s something special about this area and the people who love to visit it,” says Alan Meyer, Director of Customer and Community Affairs at Pacific Power. “We value the rural communities that we serve and when the opportunities arise, we do everything we can to support them.”
The funds awarded with the grant will help to enhance the visitor experience at the Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside, which is a popular destination for local nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and tourists to the area.
The Pacific Power Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting rural communities, and is committed to supporting organizations that are working to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. IVCanDO is a valuable partner in this effort, and we are proud to recognize their work and improve our community with this grant.
About the Pacific Power Foundation
The Pacific Power Foundation is one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.rockymountainpower.net/foundation or www.pacificpower.net/foundation.
About the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization
The Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to collaborative programs and inclusive partnerships that improve and change lives across communities of rural southwest Oregon. With a community based strategic plan focused on People, Place, and Prosperity, we champion sustainable development for vibrant economic, social, and cultural conditions. For more information, visit www.ivcdo.org.