The Tonkon Timeline


Supporting Oregon’s Open Spaces


In 1989, Governor Neil Goldschmidt appointed Brian Booth as the first Chair of the Oregon Parks Commission. During his tenure, which spanned three governors, Brian led efforts to obtain adequate funding to keep beaches public and to save and expand the parks system. Brian championed Measure 76 which amended the Oregon Constitution to continue to allow 15 percent of the revenues from the State Lottery to be used for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, and watershed protection.