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Campfires and open flames prohibited in Oregon State Parks - 07/19/18

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown’s declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas, and all areas of the Ocean Shore and beaches managed by OPRD.

The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended. 

MG Devereux, OPRD deputy director, says the ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on OPRD property that would further tax limited firefighting resources.

“We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions,” said Devereux. “We appreciate the public’s patience and their willingness to help protect our natural areas.”

The fire ban is expected to last at least one week, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.

Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY or by calling the state parks info line at 800-551-6949.

Silver Creek fire update 6 - 07/18/18

SILVERTON, Ore. – Crews working on the Silver Creek fire overnight used an infrared camera to look for hot spots within the fire’s perimeter. Results show crews have made good progress with mop-up operations as they continue to improve lines and extinguish remaining heat. The fire remains at 27 acres and is now 65% contained. Approximately 115 personnel continue to work on the fire. Most of the snags that have posed a threat to firefighter safety are now removed, though some hazard trees remain. Smoke can still be seen from areas of remaining heat, which includes several large standing trees that continue to smolder. Crews will remain focused on mop up for the next couple days.

Visitors to Silver Falls State Park will find pleasant conditions. Light smoke may be visible at times, but heavy smoke is unlikely. Other fires burning in the region may be responsible for increased haze in the area. While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours.

Supporting media will be available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5938/.

More details:

—Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews routinely track and investigate lightning strikes, though tracking technology is imperfect. Embers can remain hidden within trees or thick duff for weeks or months – producing no visible smoke – before emerging as weather and fuel conditions change. On Silver Creek, initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13.

—The Silver Creek Fire demonstrates how changing weather and fuel conditions impact fire behavior. As we move into the hottest and driest part of the year, fire danger increases significantly. Keep informed about current fire restrictions by visiting the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Website:  https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire. Fire managers have been using this platform to minimize fire activity during the hottest period of the day.

—Park Closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

—No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

Silver Creek fire update 5 - 07/17/18

SILVERTON, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up the Silver Creek fire, located in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. The fire has been mapped at approximately 27 acres and no further growth is expected; it is 100% lined and 55% contained. Around 125 personnel remain on the fire, and will continue mopping up the fire’s perimeter, as well as removing dangerous snags.

Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Known as a lightning holdover, the fire smoldered for several weeks before emerging during a windy period with high temperatures, low relative humidity and drier fuels on the ground.

While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours. Visitors may notice light smoke at times, but the fire is not anticipated to produce heavy smoke.

More details:

—A June 18, 2018 lightning event initially caused the fire. The ignition went undetected for several weeks as the fire smoldered until fuel and weather conditions allowed it to grow. Initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13. Air resources dropped water and retardant to help stop the fire’s spread as crews worked to gain access on the ground.

—Crews will continue heavy mop-up around the fire perimeter for the next several days. Mop-up includes working from the perimeter into the fire’s interior, ensuring all heat has been extinguished. Mop-up is especially challenging on this fire because of thick brush, a heavy layer of duff and dangerous snags. Firefighters have been carefully removing large snags around the fire’s perimeter. Night crews have used infrared cameras to help identify hot spots. Fire managers anticipate maintaining current staffing levels for the next several days to continue this work and secure the fire area.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire.

—Park closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 remain available online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Dept of Forestry
Bobbi Doan, Oregon Dept of Forestry
Media advisory: Silver Creek fire communications change (Photo) - 07/17/18

Assignment editors and reports: there's been a change to the Public Information Officer operating at the Silver Creek fire inside Silver Falls State Park. Ryan Gordon with the Oregon Department of Forestry will take over as the sole PIO starting today. He will work with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff from the Salem headquarters to issue a daily release updating acreage, containment, and any other important changes. We expect that release will normally be published around 11 a.m. for as long as is needed, but daily circumstances may require us to shift that schedule periodically.

To make a site visit, please contact Ryan in advance. His cell phone number is 503-779-5278 and email is ryan.p.gordon@oregon.gov. Use both methods to reach him before visiting the site. Cell phone coverage at the park is very limited, but the incident command area has temporary phone and wifi service, and even if you have to leave a message, he should eventually get it and respond.

Thanks for your support so far helping us get the word out about this event.

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Signing off: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry // Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Silver Creek fire showing retardant coating vegetation
Silver Creek fire showing retardant coating vegetation
Silver Creek Fire Update 4 (Photo) - 07/16/18

News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 16, 2018 // 11:50 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 4

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Main points:

  • Containment is currently estimated at 35% with 75% of the perimeter lined. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes, thick undergrowth and numerous large snags posing safety hazards.  
  • Burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. Improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground, rather than fire growth, has allowed for a more accurate measurement of 27 acres. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • The number of personnel engaged remains at approximately 125.
  • Today’s aerial support includes a Type 1 helicopter, with Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) available if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy . Aerial video from Sunday, July 15 is included.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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Silver Creek Fire Update 3 - 07/15/18

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + Oregon Department of Forestry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 15, 2018 // 11 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 3

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13.

Main points:

  • It’s burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. The fire is currently estimated at 27 acres (see attached rough map). A good portion of the change in acreage over the last day is due to improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground rather than fire growth. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • Containment is currently estimated at 25%. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes and the nature of a mature forest; thick undergrowth slows progress and snags pose a falling hazard. Firefighter and public safety remains priority for all involved.
  • The number of personnel engaged is approximately 125.
  • The current aerial support includes two Type 2 helicopters and a Type 1 helicopter. Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) are on standby if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • All other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events. Visitors are enjoying the Historic Silver Falls Day event (https://silverfallsstatepark.wordpress.com/category/historic-silver-falls-days/), and the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center (http://silverfallslodge.com/) continues to serve customers, including a wedding reception.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday, July 14 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry
Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry
Silver Creek Fire Update 2 (Photo) REVISED - 07/15/18

[This news release was revised to add a link to photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy]

 

News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 14, 2018 // 5:20 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 2

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12.

Main points:

  • After successfully forging trails to reach the fire, ground and air attacks made headway and containment is currently at 10%.
  • The fire is currently estimated at 12-15 acres and is burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary.
  • Approximately 110 personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry and partner organizations are involved, with most directly engaged in firefighting on the ground.
  • The aerial component involves Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter, and ground support.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as command posts. Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department expect to issue one update daily starting Sunday, July 15 unless conditions change dramatically. Photographs and video from the active area of the fire will be posted later this evening. REVISED: Photos and videos frlom July 14 are available for download at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy .

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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Media Advisory: Silver Creek Fire - 07/14/18

Silverton OR -- For assignment editors: Firefighters will be working the Silver Creek Fire inside Silver Falls State Park today. A media area has been set up at the park office. The media area on Friday, July 13 was in the F Loop parking lot, but that lot is in use by visitors today and is not available for media today. Any media who wish to be on site to cover the fire should come to the main state park office near the campground check-in booth.

The fire is not visible from public areas of the park, and that includes the park office. Cell phone reception is very limited; AT&T functions inside the park, but other carriers do not. Past news crews have also noted it is difficult to get a satellite signal out. To the extent possible, Public Information Officers will present on-site briefings from fire crew leaders and publish periodic news releases with photos as new information becomes available.

 

 

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Silver Creek Fire Update 1 (Photo) - 07/13/18

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + Oregon Department of Forestry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 13, 2018 11 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 1

Silverton OR – This is an update on a small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12. Crews from Drakes Crossing Fire District responded quickly, but the small size of the fire and thick undergrowth made it difficult to pinpoint the source before darkness made further work impossible. Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) joined Drakes Friday, July 13 to cut a trail toward the fire while aviation resources dropped water and retardant through the day.

Main points:

  • The fire is currently estimated at 10 acres and is burning in remote, steep, timbered terrain.
  • ODF crews are still actively engaged on the fire. Additional resources will join the effort and engage the fire early in the morning Saturday, July 14.
  • Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire crews are engaging with Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter and ground support.
  • A YMCA summer camp at Camp Silver Creek, a facility inside the park about a mile from the fire, ended a day early as a precaution, with 142 youth and several dozen staff leaving between 4-5 p.m.
  • While other areas of the park are currently scheduled to open on Saturday, July 14, there will be abundant firefighter equipment and aircraft in the area. Any visitors who plan to visit the park this weekend are advised to wait until more information is available about the status of this small fire.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

 

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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Attached Media Files: silver-creek-fire-aerial-01.jpg
Small fire closes back-country trails at Silver Falls - 07/13/18

News Release //  Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + Oregon Department of Forestry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 13, 2018 + 6 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Small fire closes back-country trails at Silver Falls

Silverton OR – A fire, currently less than 6 acres, in the southeastern corner of Silver Falls State Park has forced the closure of several back-country trails. Drakes Crossing Fire District and the Oregon Department of Forestry have responded with  aircraft and 30 personnel.

Main points:

  • There is a small fire -- less than 6 acres -- near the eastern boundary of Silver Falls State Park.
  • Back country trails in the area are closed. See attached map. Camp Silver Creek, a YMCA youth camp, is in the affected area and was in use, but all children and staff, totalling about 185 people, have left the site.
  • Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire crews are engaged with Heavy Airtanker, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter  and ground support.
  • While other areas of the park remain open, there will be equipment and aircraft in the area. Any visitors who planned to visit the park are advised to wait until more information is available about the status of this small fire.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

 

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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Oregon silverspot catterpillar - attribute Mike Patterson
Oregon silverspot catterpillar - attribute Mike Patterson
Oregon silverspot butterfly reintroduced to Saddle Mountain (Photo) - 07/13/18

Five hundred Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillars have been released on the slopes of Saddle Mountain, part of a continuing effort to stabilize the declining species population in the state.

The reintroduction was led by a team from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Oregon Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta) was federally listed as threatened in 1980, and population numbers have declined continuously over the last three decades. Today, just four isolated populations remain: three in Oregon and one in California.   

Saddle Mountain was chosen as the reintroduction site because a rare flower—the early blue violet—blooms in abundance there. Early blue violets are the main food source for the caterpillars as they mature into adult butterflies. The mountain is one of the few remaining areas where early blue violets grow in large enough quantities to sustain a butterfly population. Elsewhere, the delicate violets have been choked out by invasive weeds and forest succession.

“Saddle Mountain is prime real estate for Oregon silverspots,” said Trevor Taylor, manager for the reintroduction project at OPRD. “Our hope is the caterpillars will be the start of a vibrant and lasting butterfly population on the mountain.”

The caterpillars began their journey to the mountain as part of the imperiled species programs at Oregon Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo. Each year, a small number of female Oregon silverspots are collected from wild populations and brought to zoo conservation labs to lay eggs. The hatched larvae are raised over the winter and released into the wild when they’ve matured into caterpillars.

Funding for the reintroduction project was provided by the USFWS Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund.

Heritage Commission to meet July 29-30 in Astoria - 07/12/18

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Astoria July 29-30. 

On July 29, Commissioners will gather at 12:30 p.m. to tour heritage efforts at the Astoria Column, Liberty Theatre, and Lewis & Clark National Park. 

On July 30, a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Columbia River Maritime Museum conference room located at 1792 Marine Dr., Astoria 97103. The agenda includes proposals for designating Oregon Heritage Traditions, reports on commission programs, a report on the Cultural Trust Impact Study, and a proposal for FY19 Cultural Trust Funds.

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.

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Grants awarded for historic properties and archaeology projects throughout the state - 07/09/18

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 13 grants totaling $206,000 for historic properties and archaeology projects. Five 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 8 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, Cottage Grove, Dallas, Lebanon, and The Dalles.
  • An archaeology project in Lincoln City.
  •  Preservation of nine historic properties in Astoria, Creswell, Clackamas County, Deschutes County, Linn County, Portland, and Stayton.

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.

Historic cemetery events in Dayton - 07/09/18

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) is offering several events in Dayton, July 26 and 27. The free events are open to the public and include the commission’s meeting, a presentation and a historic monument care workshop.

The OCHC will hold its public meeting at 2 p.m. July 26 at the Palmer Creek Lodge Community Events Center Auditorium, 606 4th Street, Dayton. The agenda includes a report on completed grants, the historic cemetery permit process, commissioner reports, and future meeting planning. Interested parties may also 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.

The presentation, “The Stephens Cemetery: Multiple-owner management of a historic cemetery” with Molly Casperson, district archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management follows the meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 26 in the same location.

The Stephens Cemetery is a small historic cemetery located in Douglas County, in use 1879-1922. The cemetery is co-owned by the Bureau of Land Management and a private landholder, and access is controlled by a private business. Letitia Carson, a notable freedwoman, pioneer, midwife, and landholder, is interred at the cemetery, as well as the ancestors of several local families who still live in Douglas County. This is a case study in how to work with a variety of constituents for the documentation, preservation, interpretation and access of a culturally significant place. Following the presentation will be a discussion about historic cemetery management and negotiating these relationships.

The historic monument evaluation, cleaning and repair workshop will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Brookside Cemetery, 3rd and Mill Streets in Dayton, on July 27. Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

 

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.

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Service disruption at Willamette Mission State Park July 9-12 - 07/06/18

SALEM, Ore. – Several areas of Willamette Mission State Park will be closed to the public July 9-12 while crews work to improve visitor experience. The park entrance road will be closed for culvert work, and all day-use sites along Mission Lake and two park trails will be closed for invasive species control.

The park will remain open during this time. Visitors can access the park on foot via the 1.5 miles bike path that begins near the Wheatland Ferry parking area, off Matheny Road.

Several day-use sites and trails will be closed to visitors during the invasive species control work:
—All Mission Lake A and B day-use sites
—Mission Lake boat launch
—Entirety of Mission Trail
—Portion of Willamette Vision Education Trail that borders Mission Lake; visitors will see posted signs

View a PDF map of the park: https://goo.gl/ihhE34

Local contractors will work to replace culverts along the main park entrance road 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those four days. Expect heavy equipment and some noise.

Other contractors will be applying aquatic herbicides from boats in Mission Lake in the northeast section of the park. The invasive species Uruguay water-primrose (Ludwigia hexapetala) has a strong foothold in the lake and is steadily spreading. Its presence is choking out native plant and wildlife habitats, and limiting recreational use.

The aquatic herbicide spraying is a routine part of Uruguay water-primrose control. Pesticide experts from Oregon Department of Agriculture are overseeing the project.

Invasive species management at the park is a joint effort between Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Willamette Riverkeeper. The project is funded by a grant from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

For more information about Willamette Mission State Park, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council meets July 20 in Tillamook - 07/06/18

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 20 in the Officer’s Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook, 6825 Officers’ Row Road, Tillamook. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives, including updates about the Oregon Coast Trail and Salmonberry Trail; council review of proposed bylaws; and recommending the appointment of a new council member to fill a coastal representative position.

View the agenda online: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Documents/ORTAC%20Tillamook%20July%202018_Web.pdf

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and its partners in the development and promotion of high quality non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members representing the five congressional districts and two coastal representatives. Members are appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. The council holds quarterly meetings in different locations across the state.

For more information about ORTAC, visit https://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Advisory-Committees.aspx

The meeting location is ADA accessible. Individuals that need special accommodations to attend must contact Nicole Sprecher, Administrative Support Specialist, at 503-986-0968 or echer@oregon.gov">nicole.sprecher@oregon.gov, at least three days in advance.

Dallas committed to preserving historic places - 07/06/18

The City of Dallas has committed to preserving its historic places by developing a local preservation program and participating in the federal Certified Local Government (CLG) program.

 

The city has been officially approved as a CLG, as a part of the program of the National Park Service which is coordinated on the state level by the State Historic Preservation Office. The program requires communities to have a preservation program that includes a board or commission and a process to designate local historic landmarks. Benefits of participation include technical assistance and grant funding.

 

Dallas downtown has a historic fabric that includes commercial and government buildings, churches and homes, all surrounding the prominent Polk County Courthouse and Courthouse Square. In the 1960s, County officials considered demolishing the 1898 courthouse. Appeals from local citizens to preserve it, led to the passage of a bond measure that allowed construction of an annex behind the courthouse, retaining the original structure. Today the Courthouse is among several properties designated by the Dallas Local Landmarks Register and the surrounding Square has become a local gathering place. Mayor Brian Dalton, whose family dates back in Dallas to 1899, is an ardent supporter of historic preservation in Dallas.  He notes that “CLG status is a key element for assuring the prosperity of our downtown and further strengthens the Dallas community’s commitment to preserving its historical fabric as a key to its success in the modern world.”

 

Dallas is the 53rd local government in Oregon to become a CLG. Other preservation activities in Dallas include building restoration projects through grant funding and participation in the Oregon Main Street Network.

 

For more information about the CLG and other preservation programs, 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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Beach fires prohibited between Coos Bay and Bandon - 07/02/18

COOS BAY, Ore —The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is prohibiting all beach fires within the Bullards Beach Management Unit until further notice. The action is in response to the Coos Forest Protective Association declaring a Regulated Use Closure for the area. The ban also follows two recent beach fires that got out of hand and required fire personnel to extinguish them.

The beach fire ban encompases about 20 miles of public beaches between Coos Bay and Bandon, including Bullards Beach State Park, Seven Devils State Recreation Site, Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint and Bandon State Natural Area. Much of the ocean shore in this area has gorse, a highly flammable bush that grows along the beach vegetation line and on the upslope area.

“It is unfortunate that we have to take this action this early in the summer,” said Park Manager Nick Schoeppner. "But the weather is dry and windy. Our goal is to avoid any accidental fires that could spread in these dry conditions."

The fire ban will remain in place until conditions improve. OPRD will continue the ban based on fire status, weather and guidance from state and local fire officials.  Visitors can continue to enjoy campfires in designated fire rings until further notice.

 

National Park Service returns Eastmoreland historic district nomination for more review by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office - 07/02/18

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // NEWS RELEASE // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 2, 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Chris Havel, Associate Director
Desk: (503) 986-0722 Cell: (503) 931-2590

Christine Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Cell: (503) 510-6226

 

National Park Service returns Eastmoreland historic district nomination for more review by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office

 

Salem OR – The federal National Park Service (NPS) has returned a nomination to place the Eastmoreland Neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places and required the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to investigate the validity of certain ownership interests. An accurate count of owners is important to the federally-controlled program since the nomination may not be listed in the National Register if more than 50% of the owners in a district object to the nomination.

 

The State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation, a governor-appointed volunteer commission of people with interest and skill in Oregon history, first reviewed and recommended approval of the nomination in February 2017. In May 2017, SHPO staff concurred that it qualified based on its historic attributes, but were unable to resolve issues related to counting owners and objections. The SHPO submitted it as required to the National Park Service, noting this problem. The NPS returned the nomination for further work in June 2017. After a court-ordered delay was lifted, the SHPO began working on ownership questions. Using Oregon Department of Justice advice and NPS guidance, it resubmitted the nomination in May 2018.

 

During the SHPO’s 2018 work, four residents in the Eastmoreland neighborhood transferred ownership of their properties to thousands of new trusts. Federal guidance grants qualifying trusts the ability to submit notarized objections to the nomination. The May 2018 submittal noted that with objections from the new trusts, more than 50% of the owners objected to the nomination. In its June 29, 2018 letter (http://bit.ly/2lMmVA2), the National Park Service says the Oregon SHPO “needs to ascertain whether these trusts are valid and whether they have a fee simple ownership in the properties at issue.”

 

The Oregon SHPO will develop a plan to respond to the NPS.

 

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Advisory committee meets July 18 to develop plan for Nehalem River Scenic Waterway - 07/02/18

NEHALEM, Ore. - The Nehalem River Scenic Waterway advisory committee will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 18 to continue developing a draft management plan for a 17.5 mile segment of the Nehalem River. The meeting will be held at the Nehalem Bay State Park meeting hall, 34600 Gary St., Nehalem.

The meeting is open to the public, but no public comments will be accepted during the meeting. A public comment period for the draft plan will be opened later this year.

On the agenda: Committee input on choosing the category classification for the river segment, and additional input into the draft management plan.

A 17.5 mile segment of the Nehalem River is being considered for designation as a State Scenic Waterway. The proposed segment begins at Henry Rierson Spruce Run campground, and ends at the confluence of Cook Creek, near Cougar Valley State Park. A map of the proposed segment can be viewed online: www.oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/scenicwaterways/Documents/NehalemProposed_Sept2017.pdf.

The draft management plan will help the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission analyze the merits of the proposed designation.

The State Scenic Waterways program protects the existing scenic, natural and recreation values of 22 designated waterways throughout the state. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Oregon State Statute directs OPRD to periodically study new waterways for potential inclusion in the program.

For more information about the meeting or State Scenic Waterways, contact Jan Hunt at 503-986-0705 or Jan.L.Hunt@oregon.gov . Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Jan Hunt at least three days in advance.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on proposal to remove Silver Falls ranches from rate and reservation system - 07/02/18

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is proposing a rule change for the ranches at Silver Falls State Park. The proposed amendment would remove references to reservation and rate requirements for the ranches currently set in administrative rule, giving the agency more flexibility to partner on operations of the public facility with an on-site concession.

The ranches are a combined daytime and overnight group facility inside the park. It was rented by 176 groups in 2017. OPRD is interested in cooperating with the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center, a concession already operating in the park, to manage the day-to-day functions of the ranches. Park day visits have increased by 35% since 2013 to more than 1.3 million visitors, and partnering with the concession will make more staff time available for managing other areas of the park.

The proposed rule change would also eliminate personal checks, traveler’s checks and money orders as an acceptable form of payment for reservations taken over the phone.  Checks would still be allowed for purchases within a State Park.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 31, 2018. Comments can be submitted online at oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx; in writing to OPRD, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem; via email to D.publiccomment@oregon.gov">OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov; or by attending a public hearing 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water Street, Silverton.

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-015-0015 and 736-015-0040 is available online at oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx.

OPRD will review all submitted comments and present a final recommended rule to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission will review the rule at its September 2018 meeting.

Those needing special accommodations to attend a public hearing must contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD legislative and policy coordinator, at 503-947-8625 or Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov at least three days before the desired hearing.

Grants awarded for veterans and war memorials projects throughout the state - 07/02/18

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded five grants totaling $150,000 for projects across the state that create or preserve memorials to veterans or wars. Awards range from range from $8,850-$48,000. 

Funded projects include:

  • Documentation and replacement of the terra cotta tile roof of the WWI Dougboy Monument in Astoria.
  • Addition of a memorial wall recognizing veterans from and living Bandon to the existing Coast Guard monument in Bandon.
  • Construction of a memorial to commemorate the service of veterans in Warm Springs.
  • Development of a veterans memorial in Malin.
  • Construction of a memorial to local veterans from WWI to present in Veneta.

This competitive grant program was created by the Oregon legislature in 2005. Applicants must be local or tribal governments and the memorial must be on public land.

For more information on the Veteran and War Memorials grant program, 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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Commission awards grants to multiple historic cemetery projects - 06/25/18

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) has awarded $61,500 in grants to 14 historic cemetery projects throughout the state. The funds will help support preservation efforts, repair work and visitor education. Individual award amounts ranged $1680-$8,260.

Funded projects:

  • Tree removal at Archer Family Cemetery in Coos County.
  • A marker cleaning workshop at Clackamas Cemetery in Clackamas County.
  • Mausoleum restoration at Oceanview Cemetery in Warrenton.
  • Monument installation at Eureka Cemetery in Newport.
  • Fence installation at Prairie City Cemetery in Grant County.
  • Access road development for Gingles Cemetery in Linn County.
  • Tree removal and trimming at Logtown Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Fence installation at Rockville Cemetery in Malheur County.
  • Monument leveling and repair at Mt. Union Cemetery in Benton County.
  • Monument repair in Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.
  • Install fencing and construct a parking area at Prairie Cemetery in Clatsop County.
  • Monument repair at Paradise Cemetery in Wallowa County.
  • Tree trimming and monument repair at the Albany Masonic Cemetery.
  • Tree trimming and brush removal at Butler Davidson Cemetery in Polk County.

 

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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Couple using crosscut saw
Couple using crosscut saw
Living history, hands-on activities highlight Historic Silver Falls Days July 14-15 (Photo) - 06/25/18

Silver Falls State Park will host the annual Historic Silver Falls Days July 14-15. Visitors can experience the rich history of the Silver Falls area via interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, historic artifacts and more. The free event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the South Falls day-use area.

“Silver Falls is primarily known for its natural resources, but its cultural history is just as fascinating,” said Matt Palmquist, an Interpretive Ranger at the park. "The event is a fun way for the whole family to connect with Oregon's past."

Event activities: antique logging display; antique car show; horse-drawn wagon rides; horse logging demonstrations; live bluegrass band; mini canoe racing; historic storytelling; craft demonstrations and artifact displays; guided hikes; and old fashioned games.

Historic Silver Falls days has been held annually at the park since 2010. The event is organized by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and nonprofit Friends of Silver Falls.

Silver Falls State Park charges a $5 day-use parking fee. For more information about the event, contact the park (503) 873-8681 or visit oregonstateparks.org. 

Beverly Beach State Park campground entrance bridge
Beverly Beach State Park campground entrance bridge
Construction scheduled for June 27 on Beverly Beach State Park campground entrance bridge (Photo) - 06/20/18

BEVERLY BEACH, Ore. - Repair work is scheduled for June 27 on the bridge spanning Spencer Creek at the campground entrance to Beverly Beach State Park. Work will occur 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The repairs are required to keep the bridge in compliance with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) standards.

Workers will be grinding down asphalt as part of the repair process. Campground users should expect some construction noise as a result. The grinding is expected to persist for the entire construction window, but will conclude by 2 p.m.

ODOT will have flaggers to control traffic near the bridge work site. Expect short delays if you are traveling to or from the campground during construction times.

Park staff ask that all incoming campers respect the 4 p.m. check-in time that day to help eliminate extra congestion.

The June 27 work is the first phase of a larger construction project at the park. Future phases will be communicated as soon as details are available. The project will be completed by end of summer.

For more information, call the Beverly Beach State Park office 541-265-4560.

Oregon Heritage Commission grants awarded to museums throughout the state - 06/20/18

Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded nearly $60,000 in grants to nine museums throughout the state. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation, visitor education and heritage tourism. Award amounts ranged $4,500 - $8,000.

Funded projects:

  • Clackamas County Historical Society, in Oregon City, for collections inventory and shelving at the Stevens Crawford House.
  • Deschutes County Historical Society, in Bend, for the “Cruisin’ 97” exhibit and geotagging tourism project.
  • Fort Rock Valley Historical Society and Homestead Museum for repairing the Belltable Home at Fort Rock museum complex.
  • High Desert Museum, near Bend, for the “By Her Hand” exhibit, and other historic and contemporary indigenous art.
  • Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, in Government Camp, to organize and digitize a historic photograph collection.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum, in Portland, to place online finding aids that link to the museum’s object collection.
  • Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to preserve the WWII Minidoka Incarceration Site collection at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.
  • Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to install the “Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County” exhibit.
  • Willamette Heritage Center, in Salem, to preserve and create a finding aid for over 800 plans created by architectural firm Payne, Settecase and Smith.

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.