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JORDAN BARRETT, Cash Helms and Isabella Mills, from left to right, hold up their brand for Cottonwood Canyon State Park. The park, with 7,800 acres and 14 miles of riverfront access on the John Day River, is set to hold its grand opening Sept. 25. The three elementary students from Gilliam and Sherman counties submitted a similar brand design last spring. It was then chosen by popular vote on Oregon State Park’s Word Press website as the icon to represent the wildland of Cottonwood Canyon.

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Student brand represents the ‘rawness’ of the area Rugged, open and wild. Those are a few of the words students from Gilliam and Sherman counties used to describe Cottonwood Canyon State Park. And that is what inspired their branding of the place. Park gates are slated to open Sept. 25 to the public, revealing access to 14 miles of riverfront on the John Day and 7,800 acres to explore.

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