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Bark falling off the dead Camperdown elm
Bark falling off the dead Camperdown elm
Removal planned for one Camperdown elm at State Capitol (Photo) - 07/15/19

Joint News Release
CAMS Project and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.


July 15, 2019

Media Contacts:
Jodie Jones, CAMS Director, 971-612-3149

Chris Havel, Director’s Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722  //  Cell: 503-931-2590

Removal planned for one Camperdown elm at State Capitol

Salem, Ore., July 15, 2019  – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) plans to remove a Camperdown elm at the State Capitol State Park that did not survive a 2017 transplant operation.

Six trees—four Camperdown elms, one cherry, and one redbud—were transplanted in the spring of 2017 to make way for the Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance, and Safety (CAMS) project designed to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project also includes updating mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

The ADA improvements required moving trees from both the east and west sides of the Capitol. Five of the trees appear to have survived being transplanted, though one other Camperdown will be pruned due to dead branches.

The dead Camperdown elm was infested by insects, attracted moss build up, lost its bark, and lost all its foliage. It has not bloomed in the past year. Arborists were consulted when it showed signs of distress.

“Parks has done all it can to help the tree succeed, but it’s just not responding,” Jodie Jones, director of the CAMS project said. “The trees needed to be moved to make way for the entire scope of the project, and CAMS took great pains to ensure qualified arborists completed the work and fenced in the trees to prevent equipment and human damage. Five of the six trees are doing great, but despite every effort, one did not make it.”

The diseased elm will be removed on July 18 during normal landscaping activities. Four new, mature Camperdown elms will be planted this fall; two outside the east entrance, and two outside the west entrance over the new utility vaults. The roofs of the new utility vaults are designed to hold the weight of the new trees. The transplanted Camperdown elms date back to the late 19th or early 20th centuries and had been moved at least twice before. Older trees are less able to bear the stress of transplantation, according to OPRD stewardship staff.

OPRD will oversee the tree’s removal.


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Oregon Heritage Commission to meet July 28-29 in Baker City - 07/15/19

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Baker City July 28-29.  

On July 28, Commissioners will gather at 1:00 p.m. to tour heritage sites surrounding the historic downtown.

On July 29 a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Geiser Grand Hotel at 1996 Main Street, Baker City, OR 97814. The agenda includes reports on 2018 grant and MentorCorps programs, long-term planning, approval of Cultural Trust partner funds, and reports by commissioners. 

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.

Commission meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

For more information and accessibility needs, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or eth.Dehn@oregon.gov">Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov.

Dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area
Dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area
Boat dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area will close July 24 - Aug. 10 (Photo) - 07/12/19

The boat dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area will be closed to the public July 24 – Aug. 10 while contractors work to stabilize the riverbank under the dock’s gangway access. Crews will work to repair riverbank erosion where the gangway meets the shore.

“The gangway will need to be removed to access the riverbank, so we’re asking visitors to steer clear of the dock area until work is complete,” said John Mullen, park manager at Champoeg.

Dock access will be closed from both the land and river during the construction timeframe.

The dock is the only one of its kind in the park, however visitors to the area have a few other nearby dock options:

  • Boones Ferry Park, near Wilsonville
  • Rodger’s Landing County Park, near Newberg
  • Memorial Park, near Wilsonville

More information about Champoeg State Heritage Area, including maps and driving directions, is on oregonstateparks.org.

National Park Service returns proposed Q'alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District nomination - 07/11/19

SALEM, Ore. - The National Park Service has returned the Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District nomination to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD.)

The SHPO submitted the nomination to the park service in May for a “determination of eligibility” for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. In this process, the park service determines if the district is eligible for listing in the National Register, but does not actually list it.

The park service did not rule on the nomination’s eligibility and cited process and documentation deficiencies as the reasons for the return.

The document’s return to the SHPO ends the nomination process. If the district’s nominator—the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians—decide to follow the park service’s recommendations and resubmit a revised nomination, the SHPO will restart the nomination process, including a new public comment period.

Any objections already filed by property owners will still be valid and included in the restarted process.

The park service identified several areas related to documentation and technical processing that require further work: more specifics about boundaries and mapping; more accurate counts of resources within the proposed boundary that are culturally important or unimportant; the need to provide local governments and other qualifying parties better access to the nomination document; and other issues.

View the full text of the nomination document and the park service’s return letter online: http://bit.ly/coostcp.

The SHPO initially submitted the nomination for a determination of eligibility because a majority of private property owners in the proposed district—about 70%—filed objections to the nomination. According to federal rules for the National Register, if a majority of property owners within a proposed district object to the nomination, the district cannot be listed.

Despite the majority objections, however, the park service can still determine if a nomination would be eligible for future inclusion in the National Register. The park service does not consider objections when determining eligibility; it only determines if a nomination meets the criteria for inclusion.

The proposed district covers 20 square miles in Coos County and follows the general horseshoe shape of the Coos Bay Estuary. View a map of the area online.

A Traditional Cultural Property recognizes the cultural significance and identity of a living community. The property not only tells the stories of the people who have historically called the area home, but recognizes how the descendants of those people keep the traditional practices and beliefs alive.

Governor's Task Force on the Outdoors meets July 11 in Portland - 07/05/19

PORTLAND, Ore. – The newly-formed Governor’s Task Force on the Outdoors will hold their second meeting of the year 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 11 at the Nature Conservatory, Vernier Community Room, 821 SE 14th Ave., Portland. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: presentations from Oregon Health and Outdoors Initiative, Outdoor School, and First Gentleman Dan Little’s Roadmap to the Outdoors Initiative; a group discussion of draft recommendations; and an opportunity for public comment.

View the full agenda online: oregon.gov/orec/Documents/2019_07_11_Gov_Task_Force_Agenda.pdf

The meeting is the second in a planned series; subsequent meetings will be held throughout Oregon. The group met for their inaugural meeting in May at Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton. 

Gov. Brown established the task force earlier this year, with directive to explore long-term strategies for elevating outdoor recreation in the state. Task force members were appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The governor tapped the Office of Outdoor Recreation, established in 2017 within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), to guide the task force.

The task force is composed of private and public sector representatives and is chaired by Commissioner Jon Blasher of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation, will manage the task force. View the full membership list online: oregon.gov/orec/Pages/Governors-Task-Force.aspx

Building on and uniting other statewide outdoor recreation efforts, the task force will deliver its final report in April 2020 on recommendations for legislation, investment of existing public and private resources, future funding, and high-level management strategies. Top recommendations will be presented to the governor, state legislature and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Carrie Lovellette, OPRD executive assistant, at 503-986-0733 or Carrie.Lovellette@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.

Grants awarded for historic properties and archaeology projects throughout the state - 07/05/19

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $303,867 for historic properties and archaeology projects. Six of the grants were awarded in the Diamonds in the Rough category. This grant funds façade enhancements that restore the historic character of the property. The other 12 grants were in the Preserving Oregon category for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and for archaeology projects.

Funded projects:

  • Façade restoration grants in Astoria, Harrisburg, Klamath Falls, Lebanon, Portland, and Sheridan.
  • An archaeology project of Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
  •  Preservation of nine historic properties in Astoria, Benton County, Eagle Point, Grand Ronde, Gresham, Lane County, Polk County, Portland, Scappoose, Warrenton, and Weston.

These grants are approved by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, a nine-member group that reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The members are professionally recognized in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology and other related disciplines.

For more information about the grant program, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee meets July 10 via conference call - 07/03/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee will hold a brief conference call to evaluate a grant funding recommendation 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. July 10. The meeting is open to the public; interested parties may listen to the call in room 146 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem.

On the agenda: the committee will evaluate a recommendation regarding RTP carry-over grant funds from previous grant cycles. View the detailed agenda online.

The carry-over funds, about $600,000 in total, were originally slated for the 2019 grant cycle applicants. However, due to recent changes at the federal level, those carry-over funds need to be reallocated before federal changes take effect.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) recommendation is to award the carry-over funds to some 2018 projects that fell just below the funding threshold in that competitive year. That recommendation was approved by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its meeting last month.

RTP is a federal aid assistance program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In Oregon, RTP grants support recreational trail development and are administered by OPRD. The RTP Advisory Committee serves to provide recommendations to OPRD on the annual awarding of RTP grants.

Learn more about program and committee online.

Individuals who need special accommodations to attend the conference call should contact Jodi Bellefeuille, RTP grant coordinator, at least three days in advance: 503-986-0716 or Jodi.Bellefeuille@oregon.gov.

Historic cemetery events in Florence, July 18 - 07/03/19

Join the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) in Florence on July 18 for a public meeting and presentation. All events are free and will take place at Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, 278 Maple Street, in Florence.

The OCHC will kick of the schedule with its quarterly meeting from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. The agenda includes 2018 grant report, commissioner reports, and future meetings. Interested parties may attend in person or call-in to the meeting. 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.

A presentation will follow the meeting from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Charlotte Lehan, of Wilsonville, and Bev Power, of Medford, both commissioners with OCHC, will present “Adventures in Mapping Historic Cemeteries.” They will present interesting challenges, surprise discoveries and other issues in mapping and documenting historic cemeteries.

OCHC maintains a list of all historic cemeteries in the state. A cemetery must include the burial of at least one person who died before Feb. 14, 1909 to qualify as historic. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Public comment period opens for administrative rule repeal relating to Oregon State Fair operation - 07/01/19

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on a proposed repeal of Oregon Administrative Rule language that references operation of the Oregon State Fair. The language is outdated; it was not removed after a 2013 decision by the state legislature to transfer state fair operations from OPRD to a public corporation.

“Despite the management change several years ago, the OPRD rule language hasn’t been repealed yet,” said Katie Gauthier, legislative and policy coordinator lead with OPRD. “It’s administrative housekeeping on our part. The proposed repeal will minimize confusion about fair operations moving forward.”

During the 2013 legislative session, operation of the state fair was transferred to a public corporation, the Oregon State Fair Council. The corporation has managed state fair operations since 2015.

The proposed repeal will not affect current state fair operations or the Oregon State Fair Council.

OPRD will accept public comments on the proposed repeal through 5 p.m. July 31. Comments can be made online, in writing or via email:

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its September 2019 business meeting.

The full text of the proposed amendments to the program’s Oregon Administrative Rules, 736-201-0000 to 736-201-0180, is available online at oregon.gov/oprd/Rules/pages/index.aspx.

One-day parking permit for Oregon State Parks now available via Washington County libraries' online program - 06/26/19

Washington County residents itching for outdoor recreation now have a new option for visiting Oregon’s state parks: one-day parking permits.

The permits, available until Dec. 31, are available to county library members for free and will cover the $5 day-use parking fee charged at 25 state parks. Members can reserve a permit online for their day trip, then print out the permit for display in the park.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) partnered with the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) to add the permits to the WCCLS Cultural Pass to Adventure program. The one-day permits are still in the pilot program stage; OPRD will evaluate their usage among library members before potentially expanding their availability.

Traci Nguyen, OPRD marketing coordinator, says the partnership with the county is the perfect testing ground for the new one-day permits.

“Making outdoor recreation more accessible to all Oregonians is one of our core goals,” said Nguyen. “We were thrilled to learn that WCCLS shared those goals and we’re excited to offer the permits for a limited run this year.”

The permit provides entry of one car per pass, honored at all 25 Oregon State Parks that charge a day-use parking fee. The permit is valid for one day only, and cannot be used for camping or extra vehicle fees. Visit bit.ly/OneDayPermit for a list of parks that charge a day-use parking fee.

The Cultural Pass to Adventure program is limited to Washington County residents that hold a valid library card from one of the county’s 17 library locations. In total, the program provides 10 different passes for members.

OPRD also offers 12-month and 24-month day-use parking permits. Visit the Oregon State Parks website to learn more or to purchase your permit online. Permits are also sold throughout the state by several vendors: oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=30.

Meeting set June 27 to review hydrology report for Sitka Sedge State Natural Area - 06/19/19

PACIFIC CITY, Ore. — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host a public meeting to share results of the final hydrology report for Sitka Sedge State Natural Area and Tierra del Mar. The meeting is scheduled from 1:30 – 3 p.m. June 27 at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr., Pacific City.

The report, conducted by consultants Pacific Groundwater Group (PGG) and Environmental Science Associates (ESA), analyzes options for improving fish passage and dealing with a failing tide gate that’s part of a human-made dike on the property. The report takes into account state and federal fish passage requirements, as well as flood risks and groundwater effects of different dike and tide gate modification options.

The consultants created models that predict and compare groundwater levels according to different dike configuration scenarios during both average weather conditions and extreme storms. The final draft report and executive summary are posted at oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/Pages/SitkaSedgeHydrology.aspx.

The final report builds on the draft report published in February 2019. Consultants conducted further study after gathering questions and comments from stakeholders. The final draft incorporates those findings.

Once PGG/ESA’s hydrology work is complete, the next phase of the project is to further refine the alternative scenarios and assess their effects on the surrounding community, cost, ecology, water quality, soil, recreation and other factors. This phase will involve a series of public meetings and opportunities for stakeholder involvement.

In the 1930s, a ½-mile dike with two tide gates was constructed to block tidewater and drain the area behind the dike. This also had the effect of preventing native fish — including coho, chum, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout — from migrating upstream to historic spawning and rearing areas. The original tide gates failed at least 50 years ago and were replaced with the current tide gate. In the past 30 years, the current tide gate has deteriorated and now leaks, allowing some tidewater through and contributing to high water in the marsh during rainstorms. 

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is a 357-acre state park in Tillamook County. The park includes ocean beach, dunes, forest, tidal marsh, freshwater marsh, shrublands and mudflats that together support an array of important and rare plants, wildlife and fish.

OPRD is committed to managing the park in a way that balances natural resource health and visitor recreation, now and for decades to come.

OPRD purchased the area in 2014 using voter-dedicated Oregon Lottery funds and a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “State Natural Area” is a designation for protecting outstanding or important portions of Oregon’s ecosystems. For more information about Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Editors: Images and video of Sitka Sedge State Natural Area and the tide gate are located here.

Oregon Heritage Commission grants awarded to museums throughout the state - 06/19/19

Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded $78,021 in grants to 13 museums throughout the state. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation, visitor education and heritage tourism. Award amounts ranged $1,230 - $8,148.

Funded projects:

  • Benton County Historical Society, in Philomath, for conservation of an 1850 child’s dress and jacket.
  • Eugene Debbs Potts Foundation, in Merlin, for building repair.
  • Gilliam County Historical Society, in Condon, for interpretive panels.
  • Gresham Historical Society for collections storage improvements.
  • High Desert Museum, near Bend, to install the Natural Wanderment exhibition and offer associated programming.
  • Lane County Historical Society, in Eugene, for collections storage improvements.
  • The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, in Eugene, to digitize a portion of the Native American basket collection.
  • North Lincoln County Historical Society, in Lincoln City, to develop a research library.
  • Tillamook Forest Center, near Tillamook, for collections storage improvements.
  • Oregon Daughters of the American Revolution, in St Helens, for preservation of the Caples House.
  • Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society, in Portland, for the purchase of rare train parts.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to develop the Present Future Lab.
  • Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, in Salem, to organize, document , and re-house the large furniture collection.

The museum grant program is offered annually by the Oregon Heritage Commission, part of the Oregon Heritage program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The grant program began in 1965 when only 24 organizations were eligible for the program.

The Oregon Heritage Commission works to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage. The Commission sponsors heritage initiatives that educate the public about the value of heritage and celebrate the state’s diversity.

The Oregon Heritage Commission consists of nine members appointed by the governor and nine agency advisors. Members are chosen from state agencies and statewide organizations, and represent a diverse geographical and heritage background.

To learn more about the Oregon Museum Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Commission awards grants to multiple historic cemetery projects - 06/19/19

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) has awarded $62,394 in grants to 12 historic cemetery projects throughout the state. The funds will help support preservation efforts, repair work and visitor education. Individual award amounts ranged $2460-$8,000.

Funded projects:

  • Restoration of the Gibbons-Maxwell memorial in the Athena Cemetery in Athena.
  • Monument repair at Blue Mountain Kees Cemetery in Weston.
  • Monument repair and cleaning at the Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby.
  • Fence repair and storage shed at the East Drain Cemetery.
  • Road improvement and shed repair at the IOOF Cemetery in Coburg.
  • Complete a walking tour and kiosk at Logtown Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Purchase and install block markers at Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland.
  • Install an information kiosk and digitized the records of the Moro Cemetery.
  • Rehabilitate the Veterans Memorial area at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.
  • Repair, reset and clean headstones at the St. Helens Masonic Cemetery.
  • Repair fencing and five monuments at the Ukiah Cemetery.
  • Repair monuments and remove trees in the Weston Cemetery.

Historic cemeteries are documented by OCHC and must include the burial of at least one person who died before Feb. 14, 1909.

The historic cemetery grant program is offered annually by the OCHC, part of the Oregon Heritage Program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

OCHC maintains a list of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in the state. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote of designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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