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Public invited to comment on federal preservation grant award in Albany - 08/14/18

The City of Albany has received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project.


321 9th Avenue

$3,500 grant funds

Historic wood window repair.


This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit www.oregonheritage.org and follow the federal grant public comment page link or contact Jessica Gabriel at riel@oregon.gov">Jessica.Gabriel@oregon.gov or 503-986-0677.


The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

Mooers House
Mooers House
Dr. Robert R. and Mary Helen Mooers House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 08/13/18

The Dr. Robert R. and Mary Helen Mooers House, constructed in 1959, is a single-story, side-gabled mid-century modern residence. It was designed by architects Raymond Kermit Thompson and Polly Povey Thompson, combining elements of the popular Ranch Style with design elements associated with the architect-driven Contemporary Style, and demonstrating the influence of the Northwest Regional style. The house is locally significant under Criterion C, in the area of Architecture and its period of significance is 1959, the date of construction of the house. The Mooers House is significant as an outstanding example of the blending of the form and spatial arrangement of the widely popular Ranch Style with several elements of the architect-driven Contemporary style, and incorporating several design elements generally associated with Northwest Regionalism, a design approach developed by prominent architects working in the unique climate and setting of the Pacific Northwest. The house is unique in Roseburg, a city long dominated by extractive industries and other blue collar pursuits. While the Ranch house was the ubiquitous building block that populated most post-war neighborhoods, including several in Roseburg, the Contemporary style and Northwest Regionalist approaches were generally the realm of professional architects, and, due to the challenges associated with funding construction of non-traditional forms through the Federal Housing Administration, generally not suited to construction at the neighborhood scale.


Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district’s nomination during their February 16, 2018 meeting. The Dr. Robert R. and Mary Hellen Mooers House is now one of twenty listings in the National Register in Roseburg. 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 page).

John B. Wennerberg Barn
John B. Wennerberg Barn
John B. Wennerberg Barn listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 08/09/18

Located slightly to the south of downtown Carlton, the John B. Wennerberg Barn is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Agriculture, for its associations with late 19th and early 20th century commercial agricultural practices in Yamhill County, Oregon. Built by John Wennerberg c. 1895, the Wennerberg Barn was first used a part of his commercial farm. This period of use ends with the sale of the Wennerberg Barn and the surrounding property to Adelbert Brooks’ Carlton Nursery Company in 1919. Though alterations to the barn over time have obscured evidence of Wennerberg’s use of the barn as part of his commercial farming operation, the barn’s architecture and Wennerberg’s letters to his brother Daniel suggest a traditional agricultural use. The three-aisled, end-opening barn’s design, as well as the remnant notches in the crossbeams and posts of the ground-level aisles convey the Barn’s use for housing livestock and storing grain. The voluminous second-level hayloft was clearly designed for storing hay, and the existence of a high central beam suggests the use of a mechanical hayfork during Wennerberg’s period of ownership. In addition to this remaining physical evidence, letters sent from Wennerberg to his younger brother Daniel detail the older Wennerberg brother’s farming operations in Carlton. The letters suggest that John Wennerberg farmed hay for sale in addition to growing grains such as wheat, barley and oats, and raising hogs and sheep. The second farming operation to use the Wennerberg Barn was the Carlton Nursery Company (1919-1936). The Company used the building as a warehouse and distribution center for its horticultural products while they operated in northern Yamhill County. This second period of use begins with Brooks’ purchase of the property and ends when the Company moved its growing and shipping operations to Forest Grove, Washington County, OR in 1936. Following Wennerberg’s death in 1918, the property was purchased by Adelbert D. Brooks, who along with his brother Frank, owned and operated the Carlton Nursery Company. In 1919, the Carlton Nursery moved its packing and shipping operations from a nearby warehouse on Pine Street to the Wennerberg Barn. The barn was used until 1936 as the Carlton Nursery’s packing and distribution center for the stock grown on the Company’s primary nursery to the east of Carlton near Lafayette. These years were significant to the Carlton Nursery Company as it grew from a state and regional distributor of a variety of agricultural and horticultural products to a company that sold its products to markets nationwide.

ATV Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee meets Aug. 20 in Salem - 08/06/18

Allowing ATVs to drive on a 1.5-mile road on the south coast near Lakeside is the topic of an upcoming meeting and site visit hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee.

The committee will meet 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 20 in Salem at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Maintenance & Operations Branch, 455 Airport Rd. SE, Building K. On the agenda: Committee members will review an application to allow ATVs to drive on Spinreel Road, which parallels Highway 101 and connects to the Spinreel OHV Staging Area. The allowance would provide riders easier access to riding areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

The committee will also host a site visit Aug. 28. Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at the Spinreel OHV Staging Area.

The Oregon Legislature established the ATV Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee in 2017 under Senate Bill 344 and tasked it with accepting, evaluating and conducting field reviews of proposed ATV highway access routes on portions of state highway right-of-ways.  The committee’s seven members include representatives of citizen and user groups, law enforcement, and local government along with state agencies.

For more information about the meeting or committee, contact Ian Caldwell, ATV Program Lead, at ian.caldwell@oregon.gov or 541-410-5512. Individuals needing special accommodations to attend should contact Caldwell at least three days in advance.

Saddle Mountain Trail closed temporarily - 08/03/18

The main trail to the summit at Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in the northern Coast Range is closed due to a bridge collapse. Park staff will remove the bridge and prepare a new crossing. They hope to open the trail by Aug. 10. The rest of the park, including the Humbug Mountain Viewpoint Trail, is open. Visit oregonstateparks.org for updates.

UPDATED Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on rules establishing flexible campsite rates - 08/01/18

Added information: this release is being resent to include the deadline for public comment ... the deadline for comment is 5 p.m. on September 10, 2018.


SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would allow the agency to implement flexible rates for state park campsites. The proposed rule would allow OPRD to vary campsite rates within a set range.

Under the rule, OPRD could charge a slightly higher rate at high-demand campgrounds and a lower rate at less popular campgrounds. Lisa Sumption, OPRD director, says the proposed flexible rates would help the state parks system serve more people during peak camping season.

"Many of our parks have capacity, but people just don't know about them," said Sumption.  “With the ability to vary campsite rates, we could entice people to explore new parks and hopefully discover their new favorite campground.” 

Under the proposed rule change, OPRD would be able to adjust campsite rates for each park individually. Specific rates for each park or campsite would be posted on the state parks website and in the parks. Once a visitor makes a campsite reservation, their rate would not increase.

The public has several opportunities to comment on the proposed rule change:

—Public hearing: OPRD will take public comment at a hearing set for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Room 124A, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem.

—Online: Comments can be submitted at oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking%20Notices.aspx

—In writing: Send comments to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

—E-mail: Send comments to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov

The deadline for making public comment is 5 p.m., September 10, 2018. After reviewing public comments, OPRD will present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission during its September 19 meeting.

Legislation passed during the 2017 session directed OPRD to enact rules governing a reasonable fee range. Full text of the amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule736-015-0060, 736-015-0020 and 736-015-0040 is available online: oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking%20Notices.aspx.

OPRD is funded by voter-designated Oregon Lottery net proceeds, recreational vehicle registrations, and revenue from park visitors.

Star Party set for Aug. 4 at Silver Falls State Park - 07/31/18

SILVERTON, Ore. – Moons, planets and other celestial wonders will be on display during the Silver Falls State Park Star Party 9 p.m. to midnight Aug. 4.

Telescopes and other stargazing equipment will be provided by Night Sky 45, a local astronomy club. Visitors can also enjoy a special astronomy presentation at 10 p.m.

“Silver Falls State Park is one of the darkest places in the Willamette Valley,” said Matt Palmquist, interpretive ranger at Silver Falls State Park. “We’re lucky to have a gorgeous view of the night sky and we’re excited to share it with budding astronomers.” 

Palmquist recommends that visitors pack warm clothes, a blanket or reclining chair, and a flashlight for the evening’s festivities. Park rangers will provide glow-in-the-dark bracelets and red cellophane flashlight covers.

The event will take place in the South Falls day-use area. A $5 day-use parking permit is required to park at Silver Falls State Park.

For more information about the Star Party, contact Park Ranger Matt Palmquist at 503-874-0201. More information about Silver Falls State Park, including maps and brochures, is on oregonstateparks.org.

Temporary closure extended for Heceta Head Lighthouse repairs (Photo) - 07/26/18

The temporary closure of visitor access to the interior of Heceta Head Lighthouse has been extended to Sept. 30. Several unexpected issues have hindered the repair work, pushing the closure beyond its original July 31 end date.

Crews will continue to repair several cracked interior metal columns on the upper floor of the lighthouse. The lighthouse lens will be covered and out of service during the repair work.

The grounds surrounding the lighthouse will remain open to visitors. Interpretive programs will continue as regularly scheduled, but no visitors will be allowed to enter the lighthouse.

The historic assistant lighthouse keeper’s house, which the U.S. Forest Service operates through a concessionaire as a bed-and-breakfast, will remain open.

More inforamtion about the lighthouse is on oregonstateparks.org.

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Oregon State Parks lifts campfire ban in coastal parks; ban remains in effect for beaches, all other state park properties - 07/25/18

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has lifted the ban on campfires and open flames in parks along the coast effective July 25. 

The campfire and open flame ban remains in effect for the ocean beaches and all other state park properties managed by OPRD. It applies to wood, charcoal and other sources that cannot be “turned off” with a valve. The ban includes campgrounds and day-use areas.

Flame sources that are operated by a valve are exempt from the ban. However, valve-operated propane fire pits are allowed in coastal parks and on beaches only. Propane fire pit use is banned in all other state park properties.

The extended campfire 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.

The ban was extended because of the continued hot, dry conditions and the high number of wildfires still burning throughout the state.

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.

Low water prompts boat ramp closure on Prineville Reservoir - 07/24/18

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Powder House Cove boat ramp on Prineville Reservoir will be closed to trailered boat launching effective 8 a.m. July 24. Prineville Reservoir water levels are too low for boats to safely launch from the ramp. The ramp will remain closed to trailered boats for the remainder of the year.

Kayaks, paddleboards and other small watercraft may still be launched from the ramp. The parking lot near the boat ramp will remain open as well.

Two other ramps on the reservoir remain open for trailered boat launches: Prineville Reservoir State Park day-use area and Jasper Point day-use area. The ramp at Jasper Point closes August 1. Prineville Reservoir State Park's ramp is expected to be open the remained of the year.

More information about Prineville Reservoir State Park and Jasper Point, including campground and day-use area maps, is on oregonstateparks.org.

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for August 3 in Tillamook - 07/20/18

TILLAMOOK, Ore. - Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. August 3 to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor. The meeting will be held in the second floor of the Tillamook County Courthouse, commissioner’s meeting rooms A and B, 201 Laurel Ave., Tillamook. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: an update on fundraising and communication efforts; updates on Valley Segment planning; discussions on funding STIA administrative expenses; and a tour of the new City of Tillamook Cross Town Connector Trail.

The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor connecting eight cities and two counties. The proposed route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks.

STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov. Individuals needing special accommodations to attend should contact Dennis Wiley at least three days in advance.

Silver Creek fire - final update - 07/19/18

SILVERTON, Ore. – Crews working on the Silver Creek fire are in the final stages of mop-up operations. Most of the remaining hazard trees will be removed today and fire managers expect to begin demobilizing crews tonight. The fire is currently 80% contained and remains at 27 acres. While about 115 personnel are still working the fire, that number will decrease by the weekend. Remaining personnel will continue to locate and extinguish hot spots. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire crews will continue to check the fire through the first fall rains. A Type II helicopter on standby in Salem will be available through the fire season. To date, no injuries or facility damage have been attributed to the fire.

Light smoke may continue to come from the fire, but should not impact operations in Silver Falls State Park. Waterfall areas are accessible during normal park hours. The 214 Trailhead, Howard Creek Horse Camp and Day-use Area, and Camp Silver Creek remain closed. Managers will continue to evaluate those closures and announce any changes.

As fire danger increases statewide and firefighting resources are stretched thin, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY. For current fire restrictions in other areas, visit the ODF Website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

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


Effective Saturday, July 21, all media inquiries about the Silver Creek fire should be referred to Bobbi Doan, Public Affairs Specialist with ODF (obbi.J.Doan@oregon.gov">Bobbi.J.Doan@oregon.gov; 503-945-7506).

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.