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Keep Oregon Green solicits entries for contest highlighting scourge of human-caused wildfires

COURTESY PHOTO: KEEP OREGON GREEN - The Keep Oregon Green association is unveiling its first-ever billboard art contest where it will ask state residents to 'share their vision for keeping Oregon free of wildfire.'

The disastrous conflagrations that hit Oregon in fall 2020, including a 1,000-plus-acre blaze on Bald Peak near Newberg, exemplified the need for action in preventing wildfires in the future.

To that end the Keep Oregon Green association, celebrating its 80-year history, is unveiling its first-ever billboard art contest where it will ask state residents to "share their vision for keeping Oregon free of wildfire," according to a news statement released last week. "As over 70% of Oregon's wildfires are human caused, the power of prevention is 100% our shared responsibility," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association. "The purpose of the poster contest is to involve the public in helping reduce the number of careless wildfires we see each year and remind everyone how critical it is to prevent them."

The contest opened June 1 and its deadline falls on Aug. 9, which happens to be Smokey Bear's birthday. All entries submitted will be reviewed during the fall and displayed in an open-air gallery in 2022. The first-place artwork will be showcased on billboards at major intersections, highways and interstate highways across the state.

The contest is broken down into three separate divisions, based on age, and first- through third-place winners will be named. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to place winners in grades 1-5, 6-12 and those 18 and older. "Keep Oregon Green's annual wildfire prevention campaigns encourage residents and visitors to practice basic wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors," the release said. "TV and radio commercials, social media posts and billboards provide daily reminders to be careful with activities that can spark a wildfire during the most critical time of year. This year's campaign features stunning photos of Oregon's iconic landscapes and the use of the #OregonOurOregon hashtag."

For more on contest rules, prizes and how to submit entries, visit https://keeporegongreen.org/kog-billboard-contest-submissions/.


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