Memorial Day campsites will be hard to come by

Last-minute Memorial Day campers need to set their alarms early and sharpen their elbows if they plan to vie for one of the few first-come, first-served campsites that remain open at Oregon state parks.

About 1,350 sites will be up for grabs at 24 state parks after the "all full" sign went up this week on reserved campsites at state parks.

Parks with first-come, first-served sites remaining include Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Reservoir, where 10 RV sites and three tent sites are on the unreserved list.

Others include Collier State Park near Klamath Falls, Goose Lake State Park near Lakeview and Jackson F. Kimball State Park north of Fort Klamath.

Along the Oregon Coast, parks with first-come sites include Loeb State Park near Brookings, Cape Blanco and Humbug Mountain state parks near Port Orford.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 4,200 campsites at 29 parks where reservations are taken up to two days before arrival dates.

For reservations, telephone Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687, or online through www.oregonstateparks.org.

Coos, Curry, Douglas and Klamath counties will get new wildlife habitat work done in the upcoming year thanks to new grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The Montana-based foundation last week unveiled 19 habitat conservation and public-education projects totaling more than $207,000 in Oregon for 2009.

The projects are all funded from RMEF chapter fundraisers held across the state in 2008.

Various state and federal agencies will join the foundation as partners on these and other projects.

Since 1984, the Elk Foundation and its partners have completed more than 594 conservation projects in Oregon with a value of more than $34.3 million.

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