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    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Road Work, Expect Delays

    ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.

  • Watch for Wildlife

    Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.

Oregon Caves Needs Lint Pickers Sept. 26

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Date: September 12, 2009

Stalactites, stalagmites and… lint?? It’s true! Approximately 50,000 visitors to the cave a year leave behind tiny bits of clothing fiber, hair and trash. Over time, lint builds up and can disturb the cave ecosystem.

On Saturday, September 26 Oregon Caves National Monument will host its third annual National Public Lands Day cave cleanup. Volunteers are invited to join park staff for a day of removing lint and trash from the cave with brushes, tweezers and other tools.

This event is a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and provide a real service to Oregon Caves. Volunteers will be rewarded with a pass good for one day of free admission to any fee site on public lands. Lunch will be provided and there will be an option for an off-trail caving trip in the evening.

Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Elizabeth Hale by e-mail (elizabeth_hale@nps.gov) or phone (541) 592-2100 ext. 2254. Anyone interested in volunteering but unable to attend this event is encouraged to call or e-mail to be put on a mailing list for future volunteer opportunities.

Please help us make America's Best Idea even better. Join us for a national day of service and celebration in your 391 national parks.

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