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Fish Lake Guard Station
Fish Lake Guard Station
Fish lake Guard Station listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 07/15/14
Built by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for the Santiam National Forest (later Willamette National Forest) between 1906 and 1934, the centrally-located Fish Lake Guard Station provided fire crews and Forest staff with an administrative base and pack animal remount station from which to provide conservation management for the forest and fire protection. Later, the Fish Lake Guard Station served as an essential catalyst in managing designated wilderness areas near the Willamette National Forest after the passage of the Wilderness Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act mandated that the National Park Service, USFS, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review all lands under their jurisdiction and designate appropriate tracts as National Wilderness areas to be protected in their natural condition. The station's rustic-style buildings are representative examples of USFS administrative architecture built by Forest employees and the CCC using USFS and CCC plans and rustic design, made with local, natural materials to blend with the surrounding landscape.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination in their June 2013 meeting. Over 900 properties in Linn County 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).
Historic Cemeteries Commission meeting, cemetery future conversation slated for July 25 - 07/10/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. July 25 at the Hallmark Inn, 744 SW Elizabeth St., Newport. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments.

On the same day at 1 p.m. the Commission invites you to join it and the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board (OMCB) for a community planning session on an important topic: The Future of Cemeteries in Oregon.

Both boards have noticed a trend of the increasing difficulty of getting new volunteers to continue non-profit and rural cemeteries--whether a non-operating historic cemetery, or a small operating one. With the high cremation rates in the Northwest, even for-profit operating cemeteries are concerned about increasing operating costs for ongoing maintenance without the same level of new burials and revenue coming in as before.

"We want to compare notes on these trends and any others identified by the community," said Kuri Gill, coordinator of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. "We will also discuss the role--if any--the public sector should have in addressing these trends, or, simply in helping if and when a particular cemetery becomes abandoned."

If you want to attend the planning session, phone or email Carla Knapp as soon as possible. She can be contacted at 971.673.1507 or Carla.Knapp@state.or.us. The OMCB will hold its regular meeting beginning at 1 p.m. July 24 in Newport.

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, the meeting and the planning session may be obtained from Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet by phone July 21, 2014 in Salem - 07/08/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 8, 2014

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

Salem OR - Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting by phone on July 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.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 recommendations to award community recreation grants funded by Oregon Lottery and federal funding sources. The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/9vy72bo .

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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Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be in Toledo - 07/07/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 26 in Toledo. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The workshop will be at the Toledo Cemetery near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Arcadia Drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

In conjunction with the workshop, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also meet in Newport on July 25.

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. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Oregon Main Street Welcomes Tillamook as a New Transforming Downtown Community - 07/02/14
Salem, Oregon, July 2, 2014 -- Oregon Main Street announced that the Tillamook Revitalization Association was accepted for inclusion at the Transforming Downtown level of Oregon Main Street. Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to implementing a downtown revitalization program using the Main Street Approach(R). The Main Street Approach(R) is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important tools. It is a practical program that helps communities build on their unique assets.

Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator, said she has seen increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development across the state. Communities are developing dedicated local volunteers working together with a shared vision to create vibrant downtowns. In 2013 alone, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels saw 52 net new businesses, 108 net new jobs, 81 private sector building improvement projects representing $12.2 million of reinvestment.
Communities participating at the Transforming Downtown level must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community's architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective, as well as be compact and pedestrian-oriented.
The primary emphasis of the Transforming Downtown level is to provide technical assistance to communities selected during their program's formative years. Acceptance into this level allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, the Oregon Main Street network, and receive local capacity building support. There isn't a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street network.

The selection process included submitting an application that describes their community, downtown area, historical identity, goals, readiness, support, and funding commitments.

Currently, there are 91 communities in Oregon participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Affiliate. While not a pre-requisite for acceptance at the Transforming Downtown level, Tillamook has been participating at the Exploring Downtown level of Oregon Main Street.

Oregon Main Street is administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Trust Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.
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Oregon State Fair Council will meet in Salem July 3, 2014 - 06/26/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2014

Media Contact:
MG Devereux, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0735

Salem OR - The Oregon State Fair Council will meet at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem on July 3rd from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The agenda for the Ju1y 3 meeting includes approval of a new logo for the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center and approval of the hiring standards and criteria for the selection of a Chief Executive Officer. The meeting is open to the public and public comment will be taken on the CEO hiring process.

The full agenda and meeting materials are online at: http://tinyurl.com/o4h5nds

The meeting is open to the public.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact Brenda Schorr at 503-986-0788 to make arrangements 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.

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Ground level looking south
Ground level looking south
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves purchase of coast property in Tillamook County (Photo) - 06/26/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2014

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

Tillamook OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously June 25 to purchase 357 acres of coastal property in Tillamook County. The site, known locally as the Beltz property, sits along Sand Lake Road north of Pacific City and south of Cape Lookout State Park. The commission's vote authorizes the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to purchase the property from Oregon-based nonprofit Ecotrust for up to $1.8 million.

The property consists of woodlands, both fresh- and saltwater marshes, dunes and oceanfront. The final purchase price will be determined by an appraisal, plus 10%, up to the $1.8 million limit, and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks by Oregon voters in 1998 and 2010.

"There's something delightful and pure about this kind of state park," says Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Van Laanen. "We focus campground development on parks like Cape Lookout and Nehalem Bay, but we balance that with more natural parks that draw people close to the landscape."

"This is a significant natural property," says Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commissioner Robin Risley, who lives in Cannon Beach and serves as the 'West of the Coast Range' representative. "It's been an important estuary to preserve for decades because of its location, beauty, and natural character."

"The Sand Lake estuary is one of the most pristine, intact areas on the coast," says Jay Graves, commission chair. "These kinds of opportunities are rare, and directly contribute to the physical and economic health of the community. I'm pleased we and Ecotrust were in the right place at the right time to make this happen."

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.

The department will eventually open the park after discussing parking options with the county and nearby residents, a process which could take several months or longer. More information on the property is online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-beltz.aspx

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway - 06/26/14
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the new Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway at its June 25 meeting in Klamath Falls. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program now has 12 designated bikeways statewide.

Experienced riders seeking a challenge will love this 70-mile route of forested splendor paired with a 3,125-foot climb near Estacada and a 1,985-foot climb near Detroit. A shorter, family-friendly ride is available near Estacada on Faraday Road, which is closed to motor vehicles. The bikeway parallels the Breitenbush River and the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Clackamas River along rocky riffles and quiet pools where native coho, chinook and steelhead seek their ancient spawning beds.

"The Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests are proud to be a part of this unique biking opportunity. The new bikeway winds through some beautiful country and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the towns of Detroit and Estacada along the way," said Acting Clackamas River District Ranger Nancy Lankford. "The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is a welcome addition to the diverse recreation opportunities our two forests offer the public."

Directional and safety signage will be posted along the road later this summer. The route is closed during late fall and winter due to snow.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program is the first and only of its kind in the country, and now includes more than 860 miles of designated scenic bikeways. Launched in 2005, the program is a partnership among Travel Oregon, Cycle Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Local groups apply for the bikeway designation, but only half of the applications are accepted. Routes are rated on scenic qualities, road conditions and general riding enjoyment.

All the information to plan a ride can be found on RideOregonRide.com, including a printable map, accommodations and amenities along the route.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department provides and protects outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for enjoyment and education. It served more than 40 million people last year in a system of state parks, historic and natural areas, trails, and other special programs.