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Brian Booth State Park Honors One of Tonkon Torp’s Founding Partners

December 20, 2013

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently unveiled the sign that officially introduced Brian Booth State Park along Highway 101 on the Oregon coast. In addition to being a founding partner of Tonkon Torp, Brian, who died in March 2012, was the first chairman of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and fought for stable funding for Oregon parks for the rest of his life. To honor his contribution to Oregon’s livability, the Commission voted to combine the former Ona Beach State Park and Beaver Creek State Natural Area into the newly designated Brian Booth State Park.

At the time of Brian’s death, Russell Hoeflich, Oregon director of The Nature Conservancy, said of Brian that he was “…perhaps the most influential citizen advocate of his generation for preserving Oregon's spectacular parks and natural areas.”