The New Zigzag District Office and Mt. Hood Visitor Information Center Now Open

Release Date: Jul 15, 2013

Contaact:      Laura Pramuk  503-668-1791                      Chris Bentley  503-668-1776

 

Zigzag Ranger District

The Zigzag Ranger District’s new office building, located at 70220 E. Highway 26
Zigzag, Oregon 97049, opened for visitor services Thursday, June 27, 2013. The new building will offer increased space for visitor services, improved building office efficiency, and one central location for all the staff instead of having separate offices on either side of Highway 26. The office will be open seven days a week with operating hours of 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. closed between noon and 1:00 p.m.

“We’re excited to decrease our administrative footprint by consolidating the office operations of the North and South compounds into one facility,” said Mike Brown, acting District Ranger of the Zigzag Ranger District. “Other upgrades will greatly enhance our energy efficiency while adding much more space for visitor services and other operational elements.”

Operation of the Visitor Information Center is a partnership with the Forest Service, Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce.  Center staff provide visitors with information on local shopping, dining and lodging as well as the myriad of recreational opportunities nearby.  All three partners have been involved in the development of interior and exterior displays and brochure racks. Enhancements to the facilities at the Ranger District office include a public restroom that will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day, and a large outdoor information kiosk for after-hours information services. The renovation will help meet the increasing demand from the public as the Zigzag Ranger District office and the Information Center Portal for the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway have been some of the Mt. Hood National Forest’s most popular facilities.

“We worked very hard to ensure that the new office is compatible with the other buildings in the complex as many of these are listed as historic structures under the National Register of Historic Places,” Brown said. “We paid attention to these historic elements while adding many modern efficiencies and improvements. We are excited for the added capacity the new office will give us.” The Zigzag Ranger District office is a part of the historic Zigzag District constructed between 1933 and 1942, which contains one of the last and best examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp construction. 

Funding for the renovation came from multiple sources. “Most of the funding for the project came from the Federal Highway Administration and from Forest Service Capital Improvement allocations,” said Mathew Hackett, project coordinator for the Mt. Hood National Forest. Even with the challenge of inclement weather, building construction stayed on schedule resulting in a great product.

As Brown explains, “We hope that this facility can provide visitors to our Forest with new customer service capabilities and better tools to face rising interest in and demand for the wonderful opportunities available in the Mt. Hood National Forest.”