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Oregon State Fair Council will meet in Salem October 2, 2014 - 09/26/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Fair Council will meet at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem on Oct.2, 2014 beginning at 11 a.m. with an executive committee meeting that is open to the public.

An executive session from noon to 1 p.m. is closed to the public and is being held pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.660 (2) (a) to discuss the hiring process for the council's chief executive officer. The council interviewed candidates in an executive session on September 18.

A full council meeting will follow at 1 p.m., and the agenda includes discussion of the CEO position and other staffing. This portion of the meeting is also open to the public.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact Brenda Schorr at 503-986-0788 at least three days in advance.

The council is charged with creating a new, sustainable business model for the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, and council members have the authority to execute a business strategy.

The full agenda is online at http://oregonstatefaircouncil.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/oregon-state-fair-council-will-meet-in-salem-october-2-2014/

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Tumalo State Park Campground to close until July 1 for restroom renovation - 09/25/14
BEND, OR - Tumalo State Park Campground will close for the season starting September 29, 2014 in order to replace restrooms and showers buildings. The day use area will remain open.

The project costs approximately $800,000 and will be funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks. Project coordinators are also in the process of applying for a grant.

The campground is scheduled to reopen July 1, 2015, and reservations for space after that date will be available through the normal reservation process, nine months in advance. If the project finishes ahead of schedule, campers will be able to reserve dates prior to July 1 by calling Reservations Northwest beginning April 15 at 1-800-452-5687.
Prineville Reservoir State Park Campground closed in October for paving project - 09/24/14
PRINEVILLE, OR - Prineville Reservoir State Park Campground will be closed in October for a paving project. The day use area will remain open, along with Jasper Point Campground on the reservoir's northeast shore, which has 27 first-come, first-served campsites with waterfront views and boat ramp access.

The paving project - which will cost approximately $420,000 - will replace all roads and parking pads inside the year-round campground. The campground is scheduled to reopen Nov. 1. Jasper Point campground will close for the winter on Oct. 31. Information on Jasper Point is at http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=25.

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Annual Archaeology Series set Fridays in October at Smith Rock State Park - 09/23/14
Smith Rock State Park will host its annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series Fridays in October. The theme of the 21st annual series is "Oregon or Bust," and the program will highlight U.S expansion and settlement of the West.

Presentations will be at 7 p.m. at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center facility, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive. Presentations are open to the public and free of charge with a $5 Day-Use or Annual Pass required for parking. Each 1 1/2 hour presentation will include a question and answer period. Presentations are scheduled as follows:

Oct. 3: "Oregon's Fur Trade Era." Dr. David Brauner of Oregon State University will describe the early global competition over the abundant natural and physical resources in the Oregon Territory.

Oct. 10: "Finding Fremont in Oregon, 1843." Loren Irving, past Chairman of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, will detail the "Great Pathfinder" John C. Fremont's historic expeditions to map the Oregon Trail.

Oct. 17: "The Lost Meek Wagon Train." Prineville's Bowman Museum historian Steve Lent will recount the disastrous 1845 shortcut off of the main route of the Oregon Trail.

Oct. 24: "The Legend of Skull Hollow." Smith Rock Park Ranger Eric Iseman will describe key incidents and locations relating to the Snake Indian War of 1864-68.

Oct. 31: "Hardiness and Hope on the High Desert." Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss the hardships endured during the Homestead Era in Eastern Oregon.

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of our region," said Paul Patton, Resource Specialist for OPRD's Mountain Region.

Smith Rock State Park is located off of Highway 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org. or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet by phone October 2, 2014 in Salem - 09/23/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting by phone on October 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The public venue for the meeting is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department headquarters office at 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

The Commission is meeting to act on a request to award a construction contract for work on a restroom and shower building at Tumalo State Park in Central Oregon near Bend. The full meeting agenda is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission 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. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.

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Open house meetings on the Salmonberry Corridor concept plan set for Tillamook, Banks and Portland - 09/18/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department(OPRD)invites the public to three open house meetings about the draft concept plan for the Salmonberry Corridor. The draft for developing the Corridor will be presented at the open houses, and community members are encouraged to share their comments. The concept plan is a long-term comprehensive plan to guide resource management and recreational uses along the corridor.

Meeting details:

Tillamook
Sept. 23, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Port of Tillamook Bay, Officer's Mess Hall
6823 Officer's Row

Banks
Sept. 24, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Banks Fire Hall
300 Main Street

Portland
Sept. 25, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Metro Regional Center, Room 370
600 Grand Ave

The Corridor is a proposed 86-mile, rail trail that runs from Tillamook to Banks. The route includes the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. All together, the Salmonberry Corridor could connect eight cities and two counties, linking the Oregon coast to the interior Willamette Valley through spectacular and rugged Oregon scenery.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Corridor Concept Plan, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov
Public meetings on statewide trails plan to be held throughout the state in October - 09/17/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October. Planning will cover motorized ATV trails, snowmobile trails, nonmotorized trails, water trails and state Scenic Waterways.

Trail users, representatives of outdoor recreation businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend to provide feedback on regional trail issues and needs and to help identify trail development opportunities.

Workshop participants will also identify potential river corridors to be considered as additions to the Oregon Scenic Waterway Program, which sets aside river corridors for recreation and resource protection. Under direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD studies at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information on the process is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Scenic-Waterways-Assessment-Process.aspx.

Feedback from the workshops will be used to update the current Statewide Trails Plan for Oregon that was completed in 2005. The final product - to be titled Oregon Trails 2015: a Vision for the Future - is scheduled for completion in December 2015.

Workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

Oct. 1, Pendleton, Little Vert Theater Room (downstairs), 345 SW Fourth St.
Oct. 2, The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. Eighth St.
Oct. 6, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Community Hall, 199 W. Main St.
Oct. 7, Burns, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 N. Broadway Ave.
Oct. 8, Ontario: Four Rivers Culture Center Medical Arts Room, 676 SW Fifth Ave.
Oct. 9, Baker City: Baker City Public Library, 2400 Resort St.
Oct. 20, Coos Bay: Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave.
Oct. 21, Rogue River: Live Oak Grange Hall, 120 Gardiner St.
Oct. 22, Klamath Falls: Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.
Oct. 23, Bend: East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road
Oct. 27, Lincoln City: Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Highway 101
Oct. 28, Salem: Center for Business and Industry, Room 115, 626 High St. NE.
Oct. 29, Portland: Portland Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Blvd.
Oct. 30, Eugene: Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington St.

For information on the Trails Planning Project and to view the current plan, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trail-Plans.aspx.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation officially acquires coast property in Tillamook County (Photo) - 09/16/14
Tillamook OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) closed a $1.8 million deal Friday to acquire 357 acres of coastal property in Tillamook County. Known locally as the Beltz property, the ecologically diverse plot sits along Sand Lake Road north of Pacific City and south of Cape Lookout State Park. The acquisition is the first step in opening a new park, a process that could take a year or longer.

The property consists of woodlands, dunes, oceanfront and both fresh- and saltwater marshes. OPRD purchased the land from Oregon-based nonprofit Ecotrust, which acquired it from a private landowner in May 2014. The final purchase price of $1.8 million was determined by an appraisal and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks.

"We're bringing a new natural, outdoor experience to Oregonians thanks to two key partners," said Lisa Van Laanen, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. "First, Ecotrust put us in a position to purchase the property. Second, Oregon's citizens chose long ago to preserve the coast as a public place to explore and play, and they've given us the modest means to make prudent investments such as Beltz to improve the experience."

The department will work with the county and nearby residents to eventually open the park for hiking and bird watching, though a date has not yet been set. Plans include using existing low-impact trails and determining a safe public parking area, as well as preserving important habitat for coho salmon, great blue heron, bald eagles, songbirds and other wildlife.

Oregon state parks in Tillamook County currently attract 1.7 million visitors, resulting in $15 million a year in local spending, and a projected $100,000 in lodging taxes from state park camping in 2014.

More information on the property is at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-beltz.aspx

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Oregon State Fair Council will meet in Salem September 18, 2014 - 09/11/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Fair Council will meet in closed executive session at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem on September 18, 2014 starting at 8:30 a.m.
The executive session is not open to the public and is being held pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.660 (2) (a) to interview potential candidates for the council's chief executive officer. Standards and criteria for hiring the executive director were discussed in a public meeting on July 3, 2014.
A public strategic planning session will follow from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to discuss ideas for future business on the Fairgrounds.
The council is charged with creating a new, sustainable business model for the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, and Council members have the authority to execute a business strategy.
The full agenda is online at: http://oregonstatefaircouncil.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/oregon-state-fair-council-will-meet-in-salem-september-18-2014/
September 24 meeting set for La Grande to discuss a study of the Grande Ronde River and possibly adding to the State Scenic Waterways Program - 09/08/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is asking community members to participate in an important project to study a section of the Grande Ronde River for possible inclusion into the State Scenic Waterways Program. Based on recent direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD will study at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information about the scenic waterways study process is online at: http://tinyurl.com/scenicwaterwaysreview

OPRD's role is to develop a report that explains whether this waterway would make a good addition to the system. During this process, OPRD will objectively evaluate the waterway's eligibility based on criteria, host a discussion among community members, and evaluate public support. Findings will be included in a report that will go to the Governor's Office by the end of the year.

A community meeting will be held on September 24, 7-9 p.m. at the La Grande Library at 2006 Fourth Street. At this meeting, OPRD will review how the river fits the scenic waterway criteria, share identified issues and concerns, answer questions, and ask attendees to share their views on the river. If community members are unable to attend this meeting, an online survey will be available until October 15 by accessing the webpage listed above. Comments may also be provided by sending an email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov.

For more information about the meeting, contact Steve Kay, Recreation Grants and Community Programs Manager, at (503) 986-0705, steve.kay@oregon.gov.
High temps and winds prompt beach fire warning for Lincoln County - 09/04/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // September 4, 2014

Media Contact: Claude Crocker, Central Coast District Manager, 541-563-8503

Newport OR - A forecast calling for temperatures in the 80s and sustained 15-20 mph winds on the central coast this weekend have prompted a warning over building fires on the beach.
To prevent wildfires, beach visitors a reminded about rules on the beach:

+ Keep all beach fires to less than 3 feet in diameter.
+ All fires must be a minimum of 25 feet from beach grass or driftwood.
+ Never leave a fire unattended.
+ All fires must be completely extinguished WITH WATER before you leave.

Fires must also be fueled by natural wood, not pallets or other lumber, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recommends any beach fire built over the weekend be as close to the wet sand as possible without falling in range of the surf.

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Salmonberry Coalition to meet Sept. 12 in Tillamook - 09/03/14
The Salmonberry Coalition will meet Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Port of Tillamook Bay's Officer's Mess Hall, 6823 Officer's Row, Tillamook, Ore. 97141. The scheduled quarterly meeting and public meeting will include updates on the concept planning process and grant applications, as well as an update from the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee of public and private partners, including local governments and elected leaders. The committee weighs recommendations on re-linking communities along the Banks to Tillamook rail corridor, and looks at options converting the non-functioning portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon - the Portland area to the Coast - while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 16-17 near Silverton - 09/03/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 3, 2014

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

Silverton OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its sixth meeting of the year on September 16-17 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, OR.

On September 16, Commissioners will tour the park starting at 8:45 a.m., and then attend workshops from 1-4 p.m. in the North Falls Meeting Hall.

On September 17, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Silver Falls State Park North Falls Meeting Hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes informational updates on the agency budget, take action on construction projects affecting Tumalo and Harris Beach state parks, and receive updates on administrative rules currently in development. The commission will hear information about public comments on a proposed rule to restrict smoking on the ocean shore, but will not take action at this meeting. The ocean shore rule is tentatively scheduled for the November 19 meeting in Astoria. The full September meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, September 4.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements 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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