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Public meeting for Rooster Rock State Park set for March 18 - 02/25/15
A public meeting for Rooster Rock State Park is scheduled for March 18. Park staff with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will present site development plan options for the park that include improving the park entrance and developing an accessible walking path along the Columbia River, while maintaining existing park features.

Proposed improvements aim to increase interpretation and ranger-led educational programs that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Gorge, as outlined in the 2015 OPRD Columbia River Gorge Management Units Plan (available at www.gorgeparksplan.com, pages 154-57).
The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Corbett Fire House, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett.

Another planning meeting will be held in May to review a preferred site plan option. A timeline for construction has not been set.

Visit www.gorgeparksplan.com and join the mailing list to stay updated on the process, or contact Ben Hedstrom at (503) 986-0745 or ben.hedstrom@orgeon.gov with any questions.
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 02/25/15
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1937, it is improbably perched on a knobby promontory on the jagged south flank of Cape Foulweather, 453 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This secondary headland is commonly known as Otter Crest, a name also appropriated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the adjacent State Scenic Viewpoint.

The Look-Out was built and operated by Wilbur "Buck" and Anna Badley. The business began briefly as the Foulweather Coffee Shop, but soon shifted into a very successful gift shop when the Badleys realized people were most interested in purchasing souvenirs of their visit to the coast. Upon the completion of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway (U.S. 101) in 1932 and associated bridges in 1936, tourists could more easily travel and visit sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Look-Out is an excellent example of an isolated entrepreneurial venture along the central coast that capitalized on the public investment based upon the urging and support of the citizens of Oregon.

This building is also associated with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Beach Patrol, which operated in Oregon from 1942 to 1944. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the coastline was considered vulnerable to attack and constant surveillance was vital to protect the U.S. from further attacks. The Look-Out was a strategic vantage point from which to watch for enemy invasion. Six men from the Coast Guard resided in The Look-Out to help defend the coast during this period of time.

A place for visitors to enjoy spectacular views, watch for whales and other sea life, and purchase souvenirs of their travels to the central Oregon coast, The Look-Out is now an Oregon State Park facility that continues to provide unique experiences for those who travel to see the Pacific Ocean and all that it has to offer.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of
Malcolm McDonald House
Malcolm McDonald House
Malcolm McDonald House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 02/17/15
The 1912 McDonald House, located in the Orenco neighborhood of Hillsboro, is a large, stately, Arts and Crafts residence that was built for Malcolm McDonald, one of the two men responsible for expanding the Oregon Nursery Company and founding the community of Orenco. The house, which was built in the same style as the nearby house of his business partner Archibald McGill and Oregon Nursery Company office, exhibits many fine architectural elements and materials.

Orenco was formed first as a settlement to support the Oregon Nursery Company operations, and then evolved into an incorporated city following the nursery's success. The Company had re-located from Salem to the Hillsboro area in 1906 and expanded their holdings to eventually become the largest nursery on the West Coast.

The McDonald House, which is owned by the City of Hillsboro, is located within a large open space that will be developed as a nature park. "The attention to detail and sheer size of the home clearly conveys its significance within the Orenco town site and its association with the Oregon Nursery Company," said Wayne Gross, director of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. "We are honored to own such a beautiful home and to preserve it for generations to come."

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 10, 2014 meeting. It is one of 45 historic properties in Washington County that are individually listed in the National Register.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
State historic cemeteries commission seeks new member - 02/13/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill an open position representing northeastern Oregon.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before March 15, 2015.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org . To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.

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Historic Cemeteries Commission meeting CANCELED - 02/13/15
***NOTICE: MEETING CANCELED***

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Hazard tree removal to cause delays on Highway 18 in Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor - 02/10/15
GRAND RONDE - Travelers may experience delays on a 10-mile stretch of Highway 18 in the H.B. Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor while crews remove unhealthy trees. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be working under an agreement with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) on the three-day project, set for Feb. 24-26, weather permitting. The tree removal will occur during daylight hours, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

ODOT crews will cut down dead trees that pose a threat to traffic along sections of the highway from milepost 8.5 to milepost 19, stretching from Grand Ronde to the coast. Most trees will be left where they fall to decompose naturally.

When crews cut trees that could fall on the road, the highway will be closed in both directions for a short time. After crews safely remove those trees, flaggers and a pilot car will control traffic through the area. Travelers should plan on delays of no longer than twenty minutes.
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in Eugene - 02/09/15
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on February 19th and 20th at the Hilton Eugene & Conference Center at 66 East 6th Ave., Eugene. Sessions will begin at 12:30 on the 19th and 1:30 on the 20th.

The committee will review proposed nominations for the Pilot Butte Canal Historic District in Deschutes County and individual properties in Madras, Bandon, Gresham, Albany, Portland, and the Leaburg and Williams areas. The Committee also will consider the petition to decrease the boundary of the National Register-listed Irvington Historic District, previously listed in 2010. An agenda and pdf copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
Scenic Bikeway Open House Feb. 24 in Camp Sherman - 02/03/15
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public open house to share information about the Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway.

The Open House will be from 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Camp Sherman Community Hall, 13025 Camp Sherman Road (also known as Forest Service Road 1419), in Camp Sherman. The open house will feature an overview of the Bikeway Program and the Metolius Loops Bikeway sign installation plan with the final Bikeway sign plan on display.

The Bikeway sign plan has been revised to respond to comments and suggestions made by the public at a meeting held a year ago in Camp Sherman. This open house is held because of a request to update the Camp Sherman community.

People are welcome to arrive any time during the open house. Representatives from the state Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Forest Service, Deschutes National Forest, will be there to answer questions. The Bikeway sign plan can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/docs/MetoliusSignPlanfinalsizes.pdf
Peter J. Lindberg House
Peter J. Lindberg House
Peter J. Lindberg House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 02/02/15
The Peter J. Lindberg House in Port Orford is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Designed and constructed by local businessman and community leader Peter J. Lindberg between 1892 and 1896, the Lindberg family home is recognized as a locally unique example of a Queen Anne-style residence. Notable architectural details include decorative unpainted wood shingles laid in complex patterns, distinctive two-story tower, and a prominent bay window. Lindberg was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1851. After a brief career as a sailor he settled in San Francisco where he learned the building trades before arriving in Port Orford in 1882 with his wife and family. Though lacking formal training, Lindberg constructed many buildings in the community, including the National Register-listed 1898 Patrick and Jane Hughes farm house. The remaining homes built by Lindbergh exhibit fine craftsmanship and embody the key features of the Queen Anne Style, including a complex shape and ornate decoration. His personal home is the best example of his work.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2014 meeting. There are now 45 historic properties in Curry County that are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
20th annual Eagle Watch celebration set for Feb. 21-22 - 02/02/15
Culver, OR - The 20th annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 21-22, 2015, at Round Butte Overlook Park and The Cove Palisades State Park in central Oregon. The free celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

"This is a fun, free weekend event perfect for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions."

New this year: Students in 4th-12th grade can enter an Eagle Art Contest through Feb. 16. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 21 and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at the Cove Palisades State Park or at the Chamber of Commerce offices in LaPine, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras or Bend. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

Attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, and a great horned owl. Children are invited to build a bluebird house (on Saturday) or a bird feeder (on Sunday). Wild Birds Unlimited and Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge and enjoy bird watching year-round.

Guided eagle viewing tours will take place each day; tour shuttles depart from Round Butte Overlook Park. Tour participants will be able to glimpse eagles from two overlooks. Wildlife biologists have recorded 11 bald eagle pairs and nine golden eagle pairs living in the area year round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. PGE will also offer a daily tour of PGE's Salmon Hatchery Facilities; sign up at the entrance tables.

To cap off the event, the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. An Oregon State Parks day-use permit is required to park vehicles at The Cove Palisades State Park or Smith Rock State Park.

For information, call Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on the Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com.
ATV Advisory Committee Meeting set for Feb. 10-12 - 02/02/15
Salem OR-The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is holding a meeting of the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee and the ATV Grant Subcommittee on Feb. 10, 11 and 12, 2015. The meetings will be held in Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, 2330 17th Street NE, Salem. The facility is ADA accessible.

The ATV Grant Subcommittee will meet 8 a.m.-4 p.m. all three days to hear grant requests for law enforcement and operation maintenance. Time is provided for public comments regarding the ATV grants.

The agenda is posted at www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/docs/Feb15_draft_agenda.pdf. ATV program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or 503-986-0706.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call - 01/29/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Cash Incentives for Disaster Prep and Collections Care - 01/28/15
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Division (OPRD), will provide cash incentives to publicly accessible archives and museum collections that demonstrate a commitment to disaster preparedness.

Reimbursement for the purchase of equipment and supplies will be provided to organizations that can demonstrate that they have completed any of the following disaster preparedness commitments between April 13, 2013 and July 31, 2015.

* Organizations that complete an MOA for Oregon Heritage's MentorCorps program will be eligible for $50
o MentorCorps offers free expert guidance to organizations that manage public collections. For more information email heritage.mentorcorps@state.or.us or call (503) 968-0671

* Organizations that complete a Pocket Response Plan (PReP) phone tree will be eligible for $50
o Follow the link for a template PReP: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/OC2C%20Prep%20Plan.doc

* Organizations that complete a full disaster preparedness plan will be eligible for $500
o For more information consult: http://www.dplan.org/

All documentation must be received by OPRD by July 31, 2015. Organizations are encouraged to apply for more than one of the incentives. This award is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. For more information, please do not hesitate to call or email Mike Gushard, Heritage Outreach Specialist at (503) 986-0671 or mike.gushard@oregon.gov