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Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet Jan. 19 in Cascade Locks - 01/09/18

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018 at the Port of Cascade Locks, 427 SW Portage Road, Cascade Locks, Oregon. The council invites public comments.

On the meeting agenda: the council will review an application for a regional trail designation for Umpqua River Greenway; local trail advocates and land managers will present information about trail projects and other local initiatives; the council will review updates to the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

ORTAC was established in 1971 as part of the Oregon Recreation Trails System Act. The seven-member advisory group is responsible for designating Oregon scenic and regional trails, and for issuing the Doug Newman Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that promote or expand Oregon trails.

For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact David Stipe, Planning and Design Manager, at 503.509.4752, david.stipe@oregon.gov.

Applications Open for Oregon Main Street Downtown Revitalization Assistance - 01/09/18

Oregon Main Street (OMS) is accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance at its Performing Main Street(R) and Transforming Downtown designation levels. Organizations at these levels receive access to the highest level of services and support available through the OMS Network. The network also includes Exploring Downtown and Affiliate levels of participation.

Successful applicants receive assistance to help revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business district. Services vary from community to community, but generally include work plan and committee development along with specialized training and networking opportunities.

Visit www.oregonheritage.org and click on the main street page for more information on the Tier System, including eligibility and designation criteria for all four levels of assistance. Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown applications are available by email at sheri.stuart@oregon.gov or by calling 503.986.0679 or by visiting www.oregongeritage.org. Completed applications must be received by March 2, 2018.

Oregon Main Street is modeled on the National Main Street Center's Main Street Approach(R), which has been used in more than 2,000 cities nationwide. It emphasizes four critical areas of downtown revitalization: organization helps everyone work toward the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district's appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district's economic base.

Performing Main Street level communities include Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, La Grande, McMinnville, Oregon City, Roseburg, The Dalles, and the Alberta district in Portland. Current Transforming Downtown level communities include Bandon, Beaverton, Canby, Carlton, Coos Bay, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Estacada, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, Lebanon, Milton-Freewater, Newberg, Pendleton, Port Orford, Sherwood, and Tillamook.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Jessie M. Honeyman State Park day use hours to change - 01/08/18

Effective January 22, 2018, the hours of operation at the East Woahink, West Woahink and Sand Dune day use areas at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park will revert to standard daylight business hours, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Access from Canary Road will be gated overnight, and opened daily, as posted.

Park Manager Justin Helberg noted that gates to the areas had been kept open as a courtesy to dog walkers, joggers and other users who come to the areas early--or late--in the day.

The West Woahink and Sand Dune areas were being used respectfully, with a few isolated incidents. However, East Woahink suffered from vandalism and persistent, serious problems with unauthorized driving. This left the natural, grassy area damaged beyond routine repair. Helberg was concerned the East Woahink problems would spread to the other two areas, which prompted the after-hours closure of all three sites.

"It's very unfortunate," Helberg said. "But the East Woahink area has become so degraded and the incidents so frequent that we are now concerned for public safety." Helberg said that because all three day use areas are somewhat isolated, reports of problems often come too late for staff or law enforcement to intervene.

Park hours are posted on signs around the park. Visitors can also check the state park website at www.oregonstateparks.org.

Scenic Bikeway Committee meeting Jan. 24 in Salem - 01/08/18

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Salem North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Room 124. The meeting is open to the public.

The OPRD Scenic Bikeway Committee is an advisory group for the designation and management of scenic bikeways in Oregon. The committee's 11 members include citizen representatives, tourism organizations, local governments and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

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.

Heritage Commission to meet January 21-22 in Portland - 01/08/18

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Portland January 21-22.

On January 21, Commissioners will gather at 12:30 p.m. to tour heritage efforts at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, and Oregon Historical Society.

On January 22, a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Nordia House, Nordic Northwest's Cultural Center located at 8800 SW Olsen Rd. Portland OR 97223. The agenda includes proposals for designating Oregon Heritage Traditions, discussion regarding legislative language change for statewide celebrations, a statewide digitization survey, the 2018 Oregon Heritage Conference in Bend, and technical outreach services.

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

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department now accepting applications for 2018 Local Government Grant Program - 01/05/18

SALEM, Ore.- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (ORPD) has opened the grant cycle for the 2018 Local Government Grant Program (LGGP). More than $5.4 million in reimbursement grants are available to help local government agencies fund outdoor park recreation areas and facilities, and for land acquisition. Eligible agencies include cities, counties, park and recreation districts, metropolitan service districts and port districts.

Grants are available in large, small and planning categories. Grant application deadlines vary: large grants deadline is April 1, 2018; small grants deadline is May 1, 2018; planning grants deadline is May 15, 2018.

All applications must be submitted online at www.oprdgrants.org. Returning applicants should use their existing account username and password. New applicants must request an account via the grants website.

OPRD will conduct two workshops in January 2018 to familiarize applicants with the grant process. The first is an in-person session on Jan. 18, 10:00 a.m. -- noon in Salem. The second workshop is a webinar on Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m. -- noon. Content at both workshops will be the same. Registration is required for both. Contact Mark Cowan, OPRD grant program coordinator, at mark.cowan@oregon.gov.

The Local Government Grant Program is funded by voter-approved state lottery revenue and has awarded more than $50 million in reimbursement grants since 1999.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department now accepting applications for 2018 Land & Water Conservation Fund grants - 01/02/18

Salem, Ore. -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has officially opened the grant cycle for the 2018 Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). More than $3 million in assistance is available for development and rehabilitation of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, as well as land acquisition. Eligible recipients include cities, counties, METRO, ports, park and recreation districts, tribes and state agencies.

The application deadline is March 2, 2018. The online grant application, along with instructions and other forms, is here: www.oregon.gov/oprd/grants. Returning applicants should use their account username and password. New applicants must request an account by going to oprdgrants.org.

OPRD will conduct two workshops in January 2018 to familiarize applicants with the grant process. The first is an in-person session on Jan. 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon in Salem. The second workshop is a webinar on Jan. 10, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Content at both workshops will be the same. Registration is required for both. Contact Michele Scalise, OPRD lead grant program coordinator, at michele.scalise@oregon.gov.

The Land & Water Conservation Fund grants provide assistance to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this national grant has awarded more than $55 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities.