May 19, 2012
By Yessenia Anderson
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — After nearly 3 years of work, a ceremony on Saturday confirmed a long-awaited partnership.
The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management and the Nature Conservancy blocked off a special area at Touvelle State Park where they signed a memorandum of understanding.
This document addressed the management and conservation of the Table Rocks. The nearly 8 million-year-old landmarks were used by Cow Creek tribes’ ancestors. Everyone involved says the benefits will not be limited to these groups.
“Unique, cultural and natural resources values for present and future generations, so it’s really significant for us and the tribes to come together as equals,” said BLM Field Manager, Jon Raby.
Some of the goals of the new agreement include developing educational opportunities incorporating the tribes cultural connection.