2020 Oregon and California National Historic Trails Highlights

Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA)


Internet — 

OCTA’s intern created approximately 20 videos for its YouTube Channel to help increase outreach efforts.

OCTA launched a new Trails Head website with interactive map of the KC area.

OCTA increased its Facebook following from 2000 followers to 3100 followers and launched new Instagram and Twitter feeds.


Legal — OCTA won a lawsuit to stop a powerline project near Sutherland, Nebraska and continue to proceed with a lawsuit to stop the B2H powerline project along the Oregon Trail in eastern Oregon. 

Development — OCTA continues to work to improve the stability of a site near Fernley, Nevada and are actively working on developing the Johnson Ranch site north of Sacramento and a recreational trail that would connect Elko, Nevada to the California Trail Center. 

Signs — NPS Completed sign plans and purchased 12 signs for Scott’s Bluff Co., NE, and 5 signs for Morrill County, NE, to mark the historic route of CALI, MOPI, OREG, and POEX NHTs.

Exhibits — NPS managed contract for eight  low-profile wayside exhibits to be placed along  SAFE, OREG, and CALI NHT in  Kansas.

Design — NPS finalized one  charette  document, detailing proposed design and interpretive concepts for St Joseph, MO, along the POEX and CALI NHTs.

Partnership — NPS signed partnership certification agreement with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Mormon Trail site at Martin’s Cove WY. 

Studies — 

NPS published Feasibility Study Revision Additional Routes to the  Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails to IRMA and ArcGIS Online.

NPS reviewed several draft reports on the Columbia River’s role in emigration along the Oregon Trail from contractor Historical Research Associates, Inc. 

NPS initiated a “First Year in Oregon” historical research project, contract awarded to Historical Research Associates.

National Park Service (NTIR) participated in 48 compliance reviews for external federal undertakings with potential to affect the California National Historic Trail. (Some of these undertakings were also reviewed for effects to other NHTs sharing the same corridor.)


Plan — OCTA adopted a new 5-year plan last September that will seek to increase membership and fundraising.