New Overlook At Cottonwood Canyon Park Honors Roush

In celebration of Oregon State Parks’ 100th anniversary, Western Rivers Conservancy has created a new overlook installation above the John Day River at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  It’s called Reflection Point, honoring Jon Roush, one of West’s most influential conservationists and an integral force behind the creation of Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  The site was unveiled last week and is now open to the public.  Reflection Point is a composition of inscribed basalt boulders set within the sagebrush on a rise above the John Day, with sweeping views up and down the river.  Basalt is the definitive rock of the John Day River basin, and the stones blend into the landscape, etched with words that encourage people to reflect on the importance of place and to become active participants in saving the landscapes that matter to them.

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