Oregon is planning to start a $200 million effort to capture and photograph all of the state’s rare rocks and gemstones.
The Oregon Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been eyeing the area near its capital city, Portland, since 2009.
But for decades, the agency has mostly focused on the pristine, pristine cliffs, and its limited resources mean it can’t capture all of its rocks and gems in one place.
The DNR is now launching a new initiative, called “Sander’s Gorge,” that will seek to capture all rock formations, and eventually entire mountains.
“We’re going to try to do it all at once,” said DNR spokesman Jeff Koehn.
He said the goal is to capture a total of about 1,400 formations and to have a digital database of them by 2020.
“The whole thing is going to be a huge resource for the state of Oregon,” Koehin said.
Koehl said the effort is a response to the fact that Oregon is still trying to find its way through a time of rapid changes in the state.
“This was a time where you had all these new technologies and all these exciting things that were happening in the area,” he said.
“There was a lot of change.”
The Oregonian/OregonLive mapped out what Oregon is up against when it comes to collecting and photographing the state-owned lands.
It’s the latest example of how Oregon’s rapidly changing landscape is pushing the DNR to rethink how it views the natural world and the state as a whole.
The effort will use cameras, drones and satellite technology, as well as mapping technology to capture the views of the land.
It will use geolocation software to pinpoint the best locations for capturing and studying rocks.
The program will also use remote sensing to locate formations.
The agency will also try to learn from its past efforts, which have resulted in limited and often uninteresting images.
In the 1970s, for example, a series of rock formations on the Oregon coast were discovered.
These were called “pine-toothed” formations, named for their thick, gray-green skin.
The pictures from the time show little evidence of how these formations have evolved, which led some to speculate that they were created during the ice ages.
The rock formations have since been studied extensively, including by scientists who looked at the minerals.
But the state says there is no evidence of any significant geological activity at the site and no evidence that the rock formations are related to a flood, which caused the formation.
The state has since begun to survey the rock formation sites, but it’s hard to say if they have changed over time.
“What you have is a whole lot of data and no data to suggest any significant change,” said Jeff Kroehn.
The rocks in the photo taken in 2009.
In that same year, the DNPR also had an effort to collect the minerals and rocks on Mount Hood, one of the tallest mountains in the world.
The Mount Hood area was considered one of Oregon’s top gems, but the DNF didn’t have much to say about it.
“I think Mount Hood is a beautiful and beautiful thing,” said Koehne.
“But it’s also a very, very challenging thing to capture because it’s a very difficult place to work in.”
Mount Hood has been an official state preserve since 1958.
But in 2010, it was listed as “in need of improvement” by the U.S. National Park Service, and the Mount Hood National Forest had to ask for federal help to restore the area.
Since then, the National Park service has had a handful of staff members and volunteers working to clean the area, clean up the rock layers, and improve the quality of the trail.
But that hasn’t been enough to address the issues that led the NPS to list Mount Hood as a “critical natural resource.”
Koehm said the Mount Hopper area was the first place where he saw a “real sense of frustration.”
It was hard to tell from the top of Mount Hoppes peak, where the views are so spectacular, that there’s nothing left to see, he said, and it was the perfect place to begin the new program.
“In order to do this, we had to look at what the future might be and what our priorities are,” he explained.
He hopes that the new project will encourage people to take better photos and to continue to explore and learn about the state and its natural heritage.
“If we’re going back in time and we see the landscape we grew up in and the beauty we see, I think it’s really important that we continue to get out there and look,” Kroehhn said.