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Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee -- update - 05/02/16
Editor's Note: This updates the April 27 news release information about the number of open seats.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in at-large positions.

Two seats are open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large positions are a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidates would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.
Diverse History Presentations Planned by Oregon University Students - 04/29/16
Three Oregon university students will present research findings May 6 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Salem. The presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the Oregon State Capitol, and are free and open to the public.

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, assistant director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools and topics are:
Cassie M. Gray-Jeffries, Eastern Oregon University. "False Freedom: Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon During the Internment Period."
Kira Lesley, Portland State University. "Making Room for Roses: Portland's 1911 Decision to Relocate the Municipal Poor Farm."
Taylor Rose, Portland State University. "Preeminently A People's Forest: Roads,
Recreation, and Wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest, 1912--1964."

Eliza Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Conference May 4-7 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 conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx
Attached Media Files: News release
Public invited to several Heritage Conference sessions - 04/29/16
The public is invited to attend several free sessions on Friday, May 6, at the Oregon Heritage Conference. The conference is taking place at the Oregon State Capitol and the free sessions will be in Hearing Room E.

The Oregon Heritage Conference 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.

The three sessions are:
10 -- 11:15 a.m. "Centennial Highlights." Three historic places that have achieved 100 years are highlighted. The Historic Columbia River Highway was a feat of engineering and design; today portions are preserved for hiking and biking. Deschutes County, the youngest in the state, has long been known for its recreational opportunities and its own special culture. Eagle Creek Recreation Area in Multnomah County was the first developed campground in the US Forest Service.

1 -- 2:15 p.m. "NPS Oregon." The National Park Service is commemorating 100 years. This survey of some of Oregon's (and nearby) National Park Service sites will include history about Fort Clatsop, Crater Lake, Fort Vancouver and Oregon Caves.

2:30 -- 3:45 p.m. "Oregon's Heritage Fellows." Three Oregon university students who have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will present on their topics. The Fellows, their schools and topics are:
Cassie M. Gray-Jeffries, Eastern Oregon University. "False Freedom: Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon During the Internment Period."
Kira Lesley, Portland State University. "Making Room for Roses: Portland's 1911 Decision to Relocate the Municipal Poor Farm."
Taylor Rose, Portland State University. "Preeminently A People's Forest: Roads,
Recreation, and Wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest, 1912--1964."

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage. It is hosted by the Oregon State Capitol with support of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. For more information about the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx
Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee - 04/27/16
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in an at-large position.

One seat is open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large position is a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidate would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.
Attached Media Files: News release
Six to receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards - 04/22/16
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards May 5 in Salem. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, a cooperative, ground-breaking effort led by the University of Oregon Libraries to digitize more than 740,000 pages of historic newspapers and create related educational resources.

-- Oregon Archaeological Society, for its decades of work educating the public about archaeology, preserving cultural resources and advancing archaeological knowledge.

-- J.S. Cooper Block Restoration, for an outstanding effort to restore an Independence landmark that has helped to rejuvenate the downtown area.

-- B.A. Beierle, for her enduring and collaborative efforts to sustain the historic resources of Corvallis and Benton County.

-- Gary Dielman, for his decades-long work preserving and writing about the history of Baker County, including the 10,000 historic images collected by the Baker County Library District.

-- Sally Donovan of Hood River, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of Oregon's heritage resources, including her leadership in working with historic cemeteries.

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 Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation 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 Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov
Attached Media Files: news release
Two state heritage boards to meet May 4 in State Capitol - 04/19/16
Two state heritage boards will meet May 4 in in the Oregon State Capitol during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. in separate rooms. The Heritage Commission will be in Room 243 and the Historic Cemeteries Commission will be in Room 257. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda include consideration of an Oregon Heritage Tradition nomination, adoption of bylaws, 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 Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, planning of future events, 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 kuri.gill@oregon.gov

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org
Attached Media Files: news release
Historic Trails Advisory Council meets April 24 in Redmond - 04/19/16
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its spring meeting In Redmond at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 24.

The meeting will be in the Conference Room at the Super 8 Motel at 3629 SW 21st PL, Redmond. The motel's telephone number: 541 548 8881

This meeting is free and open to the public and there is no charge for attending.

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.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 26-27 in Salem - 04/15/16
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 15, 2016

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 26-27 in Salem.

On April 26, commissioners will gather from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to participate in work sessions and trainings at the Oregon State Capitol Hearing Room 350, 900 Court St. NE. Commissioners will also tour Salem's Riverfront Park and the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge construction project that will connect two city parks. The bridge project received a $750,000 lottery-funded grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in 2013.

On April 27, commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at State Capitol Hearing Room 50 to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities. A public business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

+ Open official rulemaking for two new scenic waterways. Effective March 2016, Gov. Kate Brown designated portions of the Chetco and Molalla rivers as State Scenic Waterways, the first designations since 1988. Proposed rules, based on draft plans that were developed by community members prior to designation, will be distributed for public comment this summer.

+ Review a proposal to add Mill Creek Ridge, 115 acres in Wasco County, to the registry of

State Natural Areas (http://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic/natural-areas-program).
The draft agenda will be online at http://bit.ly/april2016agenda by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

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Morley appointed to state historic cemeteries commission - 04/12/16
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption has appointed Kim Morley of Portland to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Morley is general manager at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary and an active member of the Cemetery Association of Oregon.

"The commission is pleased to welcome Ms. Morley who brings interest and knowledge in active cemeteries and current mortuary practices," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "In addition, we are thrilled to have such an engaged and qualified commissioner."

Morley takes her interest in cemeteries beyond her professional career. "One of my hobbies to is to travel to older cemeteries in other cities or states to discover a part of the history that you can't find in books," she said.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Mike Leamy of Astoria, Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville, Mark Petrie of North Bend, and Bev Power of Medford.

For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.
Power appointed to state historic cemeteries commission - 04/12/16
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption has appointed Bev Power of Medford to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Power is the cemetery commission liaison and cemetery sexton with the Medford Parks and Recreation Department.

"The commission is pleased to welcome Ms. Power who brings interest and knowledge in electronic mapping and technology to assist in day-to-day management of cemeteries," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "In addition, we are thrilled to have a commissioner who has used our programs and can bring the user perspective."

Power appreciates the benefit of new resources for cemetery management. "I was fortunate to have learned the 'old' ways of cemetery management as it created a great sense of appreciation for technologies now available," she said.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Mike Leamy of Astoria, Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville, Kim Morley of Portland, and Mark Petrie of North Bend.

For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.
Chelsea Rose of Ashland appointed to Oregon Heritage Commission - 04/08/16
Chelsea Rose of Ashland has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to a three-year term on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Rose is an archaeologist and adjunct faculty with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology. She has been vice president of the Association of Oregon Archaeologists, been an on-camera host for the PBS series Time Team America, been recognized for the quality of her work by professional organizations, and taught at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Archaeology Awareness Training. Rose also serves on the editorial advisory board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations.

The mission of the 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 Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov or visit the Commission's website at www.oregonheritage.org
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet in Eugene on April 15 - 04/07/16
Eugene OR -- The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15 at the Lambs Cottage in Skinner Butte Park, 101 Cheshire Ave., Eugene. The public is invited to comment. The council will hear presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives in the area. The council will also review the proposed Outback Scenic Bikeway in Lake County.

The Oregon Recreational 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 Park 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 Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Grant deadline coming for historic cemetery projects - 04/07/16
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. The grant deadline is April 29, 2016. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries 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. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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State Scenic Bikeway Committee meeting April 28 in Salem - 04/06/16
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28 at the department's office in the North Mall Office building, 725 Summer St. NE, room 124, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The committee is an advisory group for the management and designation of routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include representatives of bicycle advocacy organizations, tourism organizations, local governments, and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

The agenda has several action items including recommendations to the State Parks and Recreation Department Commission on the Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway and the proposed Outback Scenic Bikeway.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0631.


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Attached Media Files: news release
Champoeg History Cache presentations set for April 16 - 04/05/16
Three presentations about early commerce, a mountain man, and the fur trade are scheduled for April 16, 12-3 p.m. at the Champoeg State Heritage Area visitor center.

* Richard Cassidy, president of the Friends of Historic Champoeg, will present "Trade Mats to General Stores." General stores were the successors of the fur trade era trading posts. The early towns of Champoeg and Butteville are examples of how early commerce changed from Native American trading practices, to the Hudson's Bay Company fur trade followed by the rise of settler general stores. The connections of these rural general stores with the early mercantile centers of Oregon City and Portland will also be discussed.

* What do we know about Osborne Russell, whose name is etched on the Champoeg Monument? Oregon Maritime Museum Curator Ed Wilson will talk about Russell's role in Oregon's provisional government in "Osborne Russell: Mountain Man, Man of Letters, Man of Champoeg."

* Dr. Doug Wilson, historical archaeologist for the National Park Service and archaeologist at Fort Vancouver will give a presentation on "The Fort and the Village: Exploring the Fur Trade at Fort Vancouver." The village was a multicultural community on the outskirts of the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver. This talk will explore what we know about the diverse people of the fort and village based on their artifacts.

The presentations are free. Parking is $5.
Gov. Kate Brown proclaims April 16-24 as National Park Week - 04/05/16
Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed April 16-24, 2016 to be National Park Week in recognition of the National Park Service centennial.

"This year the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs," Brown said. "National Park Week is a time to recognize the National Park Service for safeguarding Oregon's natural and cultural heritage."

Oregon is home to several significant places that are part of the National Park System--Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve, Nez Perce National Historic Park, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. Three national historic trails also cross through Oregon. These special places draw more than one million visitors annually, contributing $71.6 million to the state's economy. They also protect 12 threatened and endangered species, 10 National Natural Landmarks, 17 National Historic Landmarks, and 150 archaeological sites.

The National Park Service has awarded Oregon $25.7 million in historic preservation grants since 1969 and facilitated $671.8 million of historic rehabilitation projects through tax incentives since 1995.

Since 1965, the National Park Service has partnered with communities in Oregon and provided $60.8 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

"The National Park Service has benefited Oregon by creating and maintaining a legacy of high quality public outdoor recreation opportunities," Brown said. "In honor of the centennial, I encourage Oregonians to explore our state's national wonders and iconic sites this year. Let's help connect with and nurture the next generation of park visitors."

Learn about Oregon's national parks at http://nps.gov/or and visit "findyourpark.com" to plan a trip.