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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Enjoying the Solar Eclipse On Oregon's Public Lands

The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, many of whom may be unfamiliar with public lands in Oregon. During your stay, please be respectful of our beautiful state and what it has to offer. 

Below are some considerations to make your visit a positive experience.

Enjoying the Solar Eclipse on Oregon’s Public Lands

 Be Safe!
·         Understand risks, respect signs and barriers, and stay within your limits.
·         Most remote areas have limited services and facilities, so pack plenty of food and water.
·         Be prepared for warm temperatures and bring sun and eye protection.

Know Before You Go
·         Plan ahead to ensure a safe and fun experience.
·         Make sure you have the proper supplies and gear.­
·         Expect large crowds. Most lodging is booked. Options for camping are limited. 
·         Familiarize yourself with the rules and specific information about the site you are visiting.
·         Cell service may not be available, so plan your route in advance and pack a map.
·         Many roads on public lands are gravel and may require a high-clearance or four-wheel drive vehicle.

Recreate Responsibly
·         Help us protect our lands for all to enjoy.
·         Tread lightly and leave no trace. Leave your site better than you found it.
·         Remove all trash and remember to pack it in, pack it out!
·         To learn more, visit www.lnt.org/learn/7-principles.

Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires
·         August is peak wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest. A small spark can rapidly become a large fire.
·         Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans.
·         Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as your vehicle can spark a wildfire.
·         Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or gallon of water in many areas.

      For more information on fire prevention and current fire restrictions,                                     
      visit www.keeporegongreen.org

Additional Resources
·         Oregon Public Lands Eclipse Blog: http://2017eclipse.blogspot.com
·         Travel Oregon Eclipse Webpage: www.TravelOregon.com/Eclipse

Click here for Essential Camping Tips 

Click below for a printable, emailable poster version of this information:

Viewing Safely on Public Lands


  1. "The Total Eclipse of the Sun is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stimulate Americans to come together in their communities and learn about science and the workings of the universe." I think it is possible for people across Oregon and the Untied States of America to work together to help stimulate community discussions between students, teachers, family and friends about how to understand and communicate the science behind environmental issues? Here is a link to interactive map idea for a 7 generation project to kickstart this effort. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_HwGgiyKc4E0PDw-Rtmz1aabpH4&usp=sharing

  2. As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it's safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you're in a location where the eclipse won't be total, there is NEVER a time when it's safe to look with unprotected eyes. NEVER attempt to view an eclipse with an optical device (camera, binoculars, telescope) that doesn't have a specially designed solar filter that fits snugly on the front end (the Sun side) of the device. Additionally, never attempt to view an eclipse with an optical device while wearing eclipse glasses; the focused light will destroy the glasses and enter and damage your eyes. -NationalEclipse.com

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  5. Since this is a once in a lifetime experience....I hope someone will be monitoring and preventing all field burning across the State of Oregon.

  6. BREEZY-ACRES, Logsden, OR still has RV campsites (kid tents ok) available Aug 18-22nd for the GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE 2017!!! Located in the totality belt with uninterrupted view.
    NASA SME and Astronomer, DR. JOHN BLAKESLEE is attending the event. Reservations can be made at: Breezy-Acres.com

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