May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities throughout the state it's an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations preserve those stories and places.
Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with 28 heritage organizations displaying historic military vehicles, artifacts, and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon's story and highlight the contributions of individuals and organizations to local preservation projects.
On Thursday, May 11th, Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will host the 9th Annual Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places.
The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. It is free and open to the public.
Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center; Salem Landmarks Commission; Historic Deepwood Estate; Bush House Museum; Salem Pioneer Cemetery; Oregon State Museum of Mental Health; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Friends of Timberline Lodge; Oregon Black Pioneers; Hoover Minthorn House Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House; Daughters of the American Revolution, Newell Pioneer Village and Caples House Museum; Santiam Heritage Foundation; Willamette University Archives; Restore Oregon; University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Oregon Military Museum; Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission; Oregon Cultural Trust; Oregon Department of Forestry; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Archives, and the Oregon State Library.
On display at the event are an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep. A free tour of the Capitol Grounds will begin at 11:30 a.m. from the Capitol steps, and a free tour of the Capitol Building Tower will begin at the information kiosk in the Capitol Building at 12:00.
A hole in the recently-repaired entrance road has forced manager Ben Cox to again close Ecola State Park.
The park had just reopened Thursday, April 20 after contractors removed damaged asphalt sections and replaced them with compacted gravel. Cox was hopeful the temporary repair would last through the summer, but landslides continue to damage the road.
"We expect intermittent closures will be the norm moving forward because the landslides upon which the road is built seem to be more active lately," said Cox. "The road has developed problems suddenly in areas that weren't previously noted to have issues, meaning that it is impractical to simply go in and do the work all at once. We simply do not know where the next problem will occur."
Bob McEwan Construction will be working on the repairs and the closure is expected to last two weeks.
Newport, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with Oregon State University (OSU) engineers and sociologists is seeking volunteers for a tsunami evacuation drill starting 10 am May 11 at South Beach State Park, two miles south of Newport.
OSU is developing computer models that show how people's decisions during a tsunami affect their ability to survive the event. The computer models will analyze decisions such as how quickly people decide to move, and what route they take.
South Beach State Park is the first location for the pilot project and gives OPRD and researchers a chance to see how the public uses tsunami evacuation signs and routes. Organizers need about 100 volunteers with smart phones to participate in the evacuation. Campers and other visitors can register by going to http://bit.ly/2ovL1hB.
Coordinators will give instructions at 10 am at the South Beach meeting hall. The exercise begins at 10:30 am. The drill gives visitors five minutes to prepare, and 25 minutes to make it to a safe area. The evacuation is expected to last until noon, followed by a question and answer session at the meeting hall.
Researchers estimate a massive earthquake and tsunami will hit the Oregon coast in the next 50 years. Computer models predict that South Beach would be covered in a tsunami wave within 30 minutes.
OSU is one of 10 institutions leading an initiative called the Community Resilience Center of Excellence. Based at Colorado State University, the five-year, $20-million dollar program develops computer programs designed to help communities better prepare for natural disasters, lessen their impact and recover more quickly. The National Science Foundation and Oregon Sea Grant provided funding for this tsunami drill.
Three Oregon university students will present research findings April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg. The presentations will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., and are free and open to the public.
Our emerging scholars will be presenting on archaeological digs at the Newell Creek and Buffalo Lake Sites in Silvies Valley, Northern Paiute resistance to imprisonment at the Yakama Reservation, and the historic preservation of Oregon's statewide fish hatcheries.
The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.
"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Chrissy Curran, Oregon's deputy state historic preservation officer. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."
The Fellows, their schools, and topics are:
-- JD Lancaster, Oregon State University Ph.D. student in Applied Anthropology/Archaeology. "Test Excavation at the Newell Creek and Buffalo Lake Sites, Oregon";
-- Augustine Beard, University of Oregon undergraduate student in History/Environmental Studies. "Northern Paiute Resistance to Imprisonment at Yakima Reservation, 1878-1884";
-- Rodney Bohner, University of Oregon graduate student in Historic Preservation/Community and Regional Planning. "Preserving Oregon's Heritage Fish Hatcheries: Historic Context and Preservation Recommendations."
Eliza E. Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.
The Oregon Heritage Summit April 26-27 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.
To find more information and register for the summit, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx. For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 20, 2017
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Additional contacts at end of release
Portions of State Capitol State Park grounds closed April 24 through mid-May
Salem OR -- Small portions of the State Capitol State Park grounds will be closed from April 24 through mid-May to accommodate relocation of a set of historic Camperdown elm trees. Access to the capitol building will not be affected.
The four trees currently located near the capitol building, must be moved to accommodate necessary updates to capitol building utilities. Two other trees will also be moved during the project. A contractor, Environmental Designs Incorporated, will perform the work under the management of the Oregon Legislative Administration.
The Camperdown elm trees are an important part of the historic landscape, and have been on the capitol grounds since the late 19th to early 20th centuries. They have been successfully moved before in 1937-41 and 1977 during other construction projects.
During the move when sections of the park are closed, visitors are reminded they are welcome to observe the work from a distance, but to respect all safety fences and directions from the project crew.
More information on the project is available from Project Managers Ed Newvine (firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-986-1744) or Marina Cresswell (email@example.com, 503-986-1744).
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 19, 2017
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Extra 1,000 state park eclipse sites sold out
Salem OR -- An extra 1,018 state park campsites were available for reservation starting 8 a.m. this morning, April 19, and by shortly after 9 a.m., they were all reserved. This includes all sites at 16 parks inside the "path of totality" plus space at 13 parks outside the path, where visitors will experience a partial eclipse. The eclipse will occur in the morning on August 21, 2017 and campsite reservations cover the nights of August 18, 19, and 20.
All reservations were completed within an hour and a half. A glitch at one park -- Unity Lake in Eastern Oregon -- caused problems for those 32 sites for about an hour. All state park sites available by reservation are now reserved, though cancellations may return a few sites to the pool. There is no waiting list, but campers can visit a state park's web page on https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ and sign up to receive a notification about cancellations, then go online or call to try and reserve a space.
These extra 1,000+ sites were added to the reservation system by converting existing first-come/first-served campsites, parking areas, and other open spaces into reservable individual campsites just for the event. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department does not expect to release any more new sites for reservations during the eclipse.
Campers who have a reservation along and near the path should continue to watch oregonstateparks.org for updates and planning tips.
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Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 26 in Newberg. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.
"The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations."
The recipients will be:
-- Oregon Public Broadcasting's 2016 "Oregon Experience" Season, for a year of exceptional programming, which resulted in showcase documentaries that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state.
-- "15 Minutes Histories" Project, a cutting-edge collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society that innovatively addressed the immediate access and long-term preservation needs of community-based stories in Central Oregon.
-- Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve and interpret a uniquely Oregonian cultural asset, a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland's Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state's most important female artists.
-- John M. Tess, Portland, for a 40-year professional career built around increasingly significant and enduring contributions to the cause of preserving Oregon's historic and architectural legacy.
-- Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, a range of statewide stakeholders joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to host yearlong public programs and events as part of a once-in-a-century birthday bash for Oregon's oldest scenic highway.
-- Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, a groundbreaking, grassroots effort that utilized a multi-disciplinary approach through creative partnerships to bring Oregonians together to learn and talk about Vanport's history.
-- Kelly Haverkate, for her inspirational and tireless commitment as a Main Street program volunteer, whose work resulted in a visionary, transformative, and sustainable revitalization of the city of Dayton's downtown, a gem in the Willamette Valley.
-- Redmond's Union High School Rehabilitation Project, a statewide model for restoration and adaptive reuse of a locally treasured historic building, honoring its storied past while beginning a new chapter as the home of City Hall.
This year also introduces the Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation. This recent addition to the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards program is given for a project, organization, or person for outstanding contribution in the preservation of Oregon historic cemeteries.
The award is named for Sally Donovan, who brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in Oregon. She developed historic cemetery planning and trained hundreds in the assessment, cleaning, and repair of monuments.
The first-ever recipient will be:
-- Dorothy Brandner, for over a decade of extraordinary volunteerism and estimable leadership in the areas of preservation, interpretation, and historical research while serving the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery.
The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Summit.
The awards banquet will be held from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E Sheridan, Newberg) on the evening of Wednesday, April 26. Special guests include Bertony Faustin, proprietor of Abbey Creek Vineyards, who will share his experience documenting the stories of a growing community of fellow minority winemakers across the state.
Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx. For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov
Heavy winter and spring rains haven't been kind to the road leading into Ecola State Park. Park Manager Ben Cox has closed the road to vehicle and walk-in access because the road is slipping downhill.
"The road was built over active, slow-moving landslides and we've long had trouble spots," said Cox. "This year's rainy season and subsequent ground movement have made the road nearly impassable and unsafe for visitors."
On April 17, Bob McEwan Construction will begin removing the damaged asphalt sections and replace with a compacted gravel surface. The repairs will cost under $10,000. Cox said the road should reopen by April 20 pending any weather-related delays.
Starting at 8 a.m. April 19, 2017, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will open reservations for approximately 1,000 campsites for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. These sites are in addition to our regular campsites, most of which have been reserved since November 2016.
About two thirds of the new sites are inside the path of totality, where visitors will see a total solar eclipse. Most of the others are within 30 miles of totality, in view of a partial eclipse. Prices range from $10 a night for a basic spot in a field or parking lot to $31 a night for an RV site with full hookups. All sites include an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee.
"We want to make this once-in-a-lifetime event available to as many campers as we can safely accommodate. That's why we decided to add additional campsites, all at an affordable cost," said OPRD spokesman Chris Havel.
All sites will have a three-night minimum, with check-in on Friday, Aug. 18 and check-out Monday, Aug. 21. Customers can make reservations beginning at 8 a.m. April 19 at oregonstateparks.org or reserveamerica.com or by calling the reservation line at 800-452-5687.
OPRD is making available two types of sites: traditional campsites and temporary eclipse camping spots.
Traditional campsites, representing about a third of the total sites available, are at parks that normally offer non-reservable, "first-come, first-served" camping. These have picnic tables and fire rings, but some do not have showers. No first-come, first-served camping will be available at these parks the nights of Aug. 18-20:
Coast: Beachside, Carl G. Washburne (both outside the path of totality).
Willamette Valley: North Santiam, Cascadia (both in path of totality); Cascara Campground at Fall Creek Reservoir (outside the path of totality).
Central and Eastern: Farewell Bend, Unity Lake, Clyde Holliday, and Bates (all in path of totality); Cottonwood Canyon, Catherine Creek, Ukiah-Dale, Minam, Red Bridge, Hilgard Junction, Lake Owyhee and Jasper Point (all outside path of totality) .
Two-thirds of the sites are in temporary eclipse camping areas at campgrounds and day-use parks with sufficient space and facilities. These $10 and $11 per-night spaces provide a place to park and camp in a parking lot or field, but little else. They do not have hookups, fire pits or picnic tables. Some are at parks without flush toilets or showers; OPRD is adding portable toilets to accommodate extra people. Visitors with reservations for a temporary eclipse space will be assigned a space on arrival at the park.
Coast: South Jetty at South Beach, Fogarty Creek, Driftwood Beach and Governor Patterson Memorial (all in path of totality).
Valleys: Silver Falls, Willamette Mission (all in path of totality); Champoeg (on the edge of totality); Milo McIver (outside path of totality).
Central and Eastern: Smith Rock, The Cove Palisades, Farewell Bend (in path of totality); Cottonwood Canyon (outside path of totality).
Site descriptions for all eclipse camping areas is at oregonstateparks.org, along with links to other camping and lodging options in the state. For more information on eclipse camping, call the OPRD information line at 1-800-551-6949. No camping will be available for anyone without a reservation in the campgrounds listed above on Aug. 18-20.
To accommodate additional campers, OPRD will place extra staff in parks in and near totality and bring in portable toilets. OPRD is also collaborating with local and state authorities on traffic, crowd control and safety.
"Transportation planners predict unprecedented traffic and crowds during the eclipse weekend, and we are planning accordingly," Havel said. "We ask that campers plan to stay off the roads on the morning of Aug. 21 and respect any fire restrictions."
Campfires may be prohibited, depending on wildfire danger and the weather forecast. The Oregon Department of Forestry will post any wildfire restrictions at http://keeporegongreen.org/current-conditions/.
The eclipse will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2017. The 60-mile wide path of totality--when the moon completely blocks the sun--will last for about two minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. on the coast between Newport and Lincoln City. The path of totality then sweeps through the state and on to Idaho, then runs across the United States toward South Carolina. Those outside the path of totality will see a partial eclipse. For more information about the eclipse, visit http://bit.ly/OregonStateParks2017Eclipse.
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its spring meeting in Albany at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, April 29.
The meeting will be in the Board Room at the Comfort Suites at 100 Opal Street NE, Albany.
This meeting is free and open to the public and there is no charge for attending. Agenda items include B2H transmission line, Barlow Trail media project and other trail related topics.
In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails.
For more information on the Council or the meeting visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact chair Dick Seymour 541-886-7006.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is recruiting volunteers for two vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee.
Current vacancies include active representatives within the following disciplines:
* Rural Fire Protection District
* Emergency Medical Services Provider
The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee in 2010, and it is tasked with the following duties: reviewing accidents and fatalities resulting from ATV recreation, reviewing changes to statutory vehicle classifications for safety considerations, reviewing safety features of all classes of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) and recommending appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders.
The ATV Advisory Committee meets as needed up to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications. These positions are not part of the ATV Grant Subcommittee.
Applications will be accepted until 5 pm May 5, 2017. The interest form and application are available through the ATV Committees link within the menu section located online at www.oregonohv.org or by contacting Jeff Trejo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-986-0585.
Two state heritage boards will meet April 27 in Newberg during the Oregon Heritage Summit.
The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1:00 p.m. in separate locations. The Heritage Commission will be at the Chehalem Cultural Center ballroom at 415 E Sheridan. The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at the Carnegie Library at 503 E Hancock Street. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations and translation may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.
The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda includes selection of officers, establishment of committees, and other heritage topics.
The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0673 or email@example.com .
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, statewide cemetery clean-up days, and other topics related to historic cemeteries.
State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the meetings and both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org
Newberg OR -- The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at the Chehalem Parks and Recreation District office at 620 N. Morton Street in Newberg. The council invites public comments.
The agenda includes presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives in the area. The council will hear presentations on the need for a statewide trails entity and discuss ideas for enhancing available statewide grant funds for recreation trails.
ORTAC will also seek public comment on the designation of the new Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Wasco County. The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls. Those interested in providing public comment that are unable to attend the public meeting can provide written comment on the proposal to Alex Phillips, Bikeways and Waterways Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The Council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact David Stipe, Planning + Design Manager, at 503-986-0740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Stevens State Park has hired Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control to remove mosquito larvae in and near the campground this spring and summer. Three Rivers, based out of Klamath Falls, will apply larvicide to standing water sources--common mosquito breeding areas--April-August, 2017. The company has worked with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in the past to control mosquitos in two southern Oregon state parks.
In 2016, an uncommonly large mosquito infestation pestered Fort Stevens visitors, which caused some campers to leave the park and park staff saw an increase in mosquito complaints. A mosquito larvae survey in late February 2017 revealed the potential for another bad mosquito season this year. Park Manager Justin Parker hired Three Rivers to begin larvicide application now and stave off another mosquito invasion.
"Last year's mosquito problem wasn't fun for anybody," said Parker. "We're getting ahead of it this year so visitors and campers can enjoy the park without hearing the annoying mosquito buzz or swat the air to fend off the pests."
Parker added that safety concerns were also a consideration in hiring a vector control company. Mosquitos can carry and transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus that can affect people.
Signs will be posted in the park prior to each spraying and park visitors may see workers applying the larvicide with backpack sprayers or placing insecticide pellets in areas with standing water. The larvicide won't harm other animals, including people, pets, bats or other insects.
The spraying project will cost less than $3,000. Park staff will drain standing water when and where they can, in addition to the spraying.
Parker encourages campers, visitors and the local community to visit the Three Rivers website specific to this project at www.stateparksmosquito.org. The site includes additional information about the larvicide and application procedures, as well as frequently asked questions and the schedule for treatment. Visitors may also call Three Rivers at (541) 238-2272.