National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to comply with Oregon’s two-week freeze

BAKER CITY, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will support Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s two-week statewide “freeze” to slow the spread of COVID-19 effective Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 2.

NHOTIC will be joining many public facilities, including museums, pools, sports courts, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, zoos, gardens, aquariums, and venues as part of the freeze on indoor activities.

The planned Family Fun Day, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27, has been postponed. The event may be rescheduled later in the season, and details will be shared at the appropriate time.

The Center’s 4.2 miles of developed trails will remain available to public use during the freeze and are an excellent option for outdoor recreation. Trails are not plowed or cleared of ice, making them ideal for non-motorized activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when snow is on the ground.

All visitors are strongly encouraged to make smart decisions and follow Centers for Disease Control and State of Oregon guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include:

  • Practice social distancing by maintaining two wagon wheels (6 feet) between you and others visiting the center.
  • Wear cloth face coverings, like bandanas, where social distancing is difficult (except for those who are under age 2 or have trouble breathing).
  • Wash your hands often. While you’re outdoors, use hand sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Most importantly, stop the wagon train and stay at home if you don’t feel well.

The Center is located just outside Baker City, Ore. Take Exit 302 from Interstate 84 onto Oregon Highway 86 eastbound for five miles.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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