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Antelope School
Antelope School
Antelope School listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/30/16

The Antelope School is a significant representative of rural education in central Oregon during the first half of the twentieth century. A testament to the continued commitment to education of the residents of the town and vicinity, since its completion in 1925 it has been by far the most substantial building in Antelope, occupying the most prominent parcel in town, filling a wide variety of community roles. The school is the third built in Antelope, and was the central focus of education in the surrounding area for 60 years. The Antelope School stands out among other rural schools of its period because of its size and breadth of education offered (including primary through secondary until 1936), designed to meet the state requirements for Standard Schools at all grade levels through that time. Although after 1936 the Antelope School no longer provided instruction for all grade levels, it continued to provide instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels until 1983, when it was closed as a public school, an event that is associated with the Rajneesh movement's establishment of political dominance of the town. From its construction in 1925 to the present, the school has been a focus of community activity, hosting school activities, community events, and locally produced plays. The school has also functioned as the local polling place and the seat of local government, concurrent with and subsequent to its role as a place of formal education.

The Antelope School is also locally significant for its architecture as a unique example of a formal, concrete Classical Revival-style school building in this extremely rural setting where one and two-room, wooden schoolhouses are far more typical.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at their February 2016 meeting. It is one of only 33 properties in Wasco County that are individually listed in the National Register. 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).

Charles Hunter Hamlin House
Charles Hunter Hamlin House
Hamlin-Johnson House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/30/16

The Hamlin-Johnson House, also known as the Charles Hunter Hamlin House in Gresham, Oregon, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Hamlin-Johnson House, located at the corner of SE Lusted Road and SE 282nd Avenue outside of Gresham, was constructed circa 1888. The house is associated with early steamboat engineer Charles Hamlin and later with the Reverend Jonas Johnson and his family, who owned the house for six decades. Johnson was a pastor at the Swedish Powell Valley Church. Today the house represents an increasingly rare, rural residential property from this era of development in Gresham.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their February 2015 meeting. It is one of nine historic properties in Gresham, Multnomah County, that are individually 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).

US Forest Service logo
US Forest Service logo
Metolius Loops Bikeway Designation Removed Due to Existing Plan Conflict (Photo) - 06/29/16

Joint News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + US Forest Service // June 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., Alex Phillips, 503-986-0631 (desk), 503-480-9092 (cell)
Deschutes National Forest, Jean Nelson-Dean, 541-383-5561


Metolius Loops Bikeway Designation Removed Due to Existing Plan Conflict

Lebanon OR -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission voted to remove the Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway designation at their June 29 public meeting in Lebanon. The change resolves a conflict with the pre-existing federal Wild and Scenic River Management Plan that preserves the natural qualities of Camp Sherman area by limiting promotions, among other things.

The State Scenic Bikeway designation is a promotional designation. Even without the label "Scenic Bikeway," all public roads in the area are available and open for bicycling.

The Metolius Loops State Scenic Bikeway was designated in 2011, and like all bikeways, was promoted nationally and internationally online and in print by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, its program partner Travel Oregon, and local bicycle and tourism proponents. This promotional mission unintentionally conflicted with the Metolius Wild and Scenic River Management Plan which was signed in 1997 by the Forest Service, following environmental analysis and public comment. The Metolius plan calls for protecting the area's primitive, historic character and preserving Outstandingly Remarkable Values by not permitting entities to promote the area, reducing congestion, managing signage to perpetuate historic character, and other standards. A goal is to limit conflict and crowding in the Metolius Basin to maintain a quality visitor recreation experience.

After discovering the problem two years ago, Camp Sherman residents, bikeway proponents, and staff with the U.S. Forest Service and OPRD tried unsuccessfully to resolve the inherent conflict between the two designations.

Because bikeways have to complement existing plans, the Metolius Loops route probably wouldn't earn designation if proposed today.

Since the Metolius bikeway was never signed, nothing will change on the ground at Camp Sherman with the removal of the Scenic Bikeway designation. Cycling will still be legal on those public roads, though the route will no longer be promoted in print and online by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Travel Oregon.

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Lets_Go_Camping_camp_setup.jpg
Lets_Go_Camping_camp_setup.jpg
Fall Creek State Recreation area to host overnight guided camping trip (Photo) - 06/24/16

UPDATE: Photo included

Lowell, OR -- Fall Creek State Recreation Area, located less than 30 minutes from Eugene, welcomes beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion July 8-10, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. On site experts will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities will include a ranger-led canoe float, programs led by the Leave No Trace travelling trainers, and plenty of s'mores. Let's Go Camping programs will be held at 12 campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on "Things to Do"). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.

Attached Media Files: Lets_Go_Camping_camp_setup.jpg
Lets_Go_Camping_camp_setup.jpg
Lets_Go_Camping_camp_setup.jpg
Willamette Mission State Park to host overnight guided camping trip (Photo) - 06/24/16

UPDATE: Photo included

Gervais, OR -- Willamette Mission State Park welcomes beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion July 15-18, as part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. On site experts will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities will include a canoe float, programs led by park rangers, and plenty of s'mores. Let's Go Camping programs will be held at 12 campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on "Things to Do"). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.

Attached Media Files: Lets_Go_Camping_camp_setup.jpg
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet June 29 in Lebanon - 06/16/16

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year June 29 in Lebanon. Commissioners will gather from 8 a.m. to participate in work sessions and training at the Best Western Boulder Falls Conference Center, 505/605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon. Commissioners will convene an executive session at 9:30 a.m. at the same location to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities, and potential litigation. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

* Award recreation grants to Oregon communities.
* Approval the "Agency Request Budget" for 2017-2019.
* Remove the scenic bikeway designation from the Metolius Loops route in Central Oregon, and approve a designation for the Oregon Outback route in south central Oregon near Lakeview.

The agenda includes an action item recommending removal of the Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway designation. The recommendation comes after a public review of the 5-year old route and is due to a conflict with pre-existing federal wild and scenic river management plan that limits promotional options for the area. The roads are still open to bicycling, but will not be promoted as part of the Oregon scenic bikeway system.

The draft agenda and all other materials will be online at http://bit.ly/june2016agenda by 5 p.m. Friday, June 17. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, 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.

Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council meets June 26 in Hermiston - 06/15/16

The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its summer meeting in Hermiston at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

The meeting will be in the Conference Room at the Knights Inn at 425 N 1st Street, Hermiston.

This meeting is free and open to the public and there is no charge for attending. OHTAC will be discussing old business including the Barlow Trail Multimedia grant project, wind farm activity and more.

In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails. For information visit the OTHAC webpage or contact Loren Irving, 541-480-4167.

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Historic Cemeteries Commission meets June 24 in Oregon City - 06/13/16

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. June 24 at the Station 15 John Adams Fire Station, 624 7th Street, Oregon City. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, communication with the Cemetery Association of Oregon, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For 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.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area parking lot construction will limit access this summer - 06/10/16

News release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 10, 2016

Media contact: Guy Rodrigue, Park Manager // (503) 630-7150 // guy.rodrigue@oregon.gov

The main parking lot at Tryon Creek State Natural Area (http://bit.ly/tryoncreek) is under construction until August. Portions of the parking area will be closed as needed for the project, and there will be a days when the entire lot is closed. The main parking area is off southwest Terwilliger Boulevard.

Even when the lot is partially open, horse trailers should not expect to find available parking.

The project will widen a lane to provide better access for buses and emergency vehicles, reduce damage to the nearby forest floor, and clarify designated parking spaces. Limited parking is available at trailheads around the park. Several entry points to the park are available via Trimet Bus 38-Boones Ferry Rd and 39-Lewis and Clark on weekdays. For information on the way construction will affect summer programs offered by the Friends of Tryon Creek, visit tryonfriends.org. For questions about conditions at the park, visit http://bit.ly/tryoncreek or call 503-636-9886.

Vista House hosting summer Song Circles - 06/10/16

Corbett, OR-- Oregon State Parks invites the public to enjoy sing-alongs this summer at a series of free Song Circle events on select Fridays at Vista House at Crown Point State Scenic Corridor in the Columbia River Gorge.

Song Circles are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, and Sept. 23. These "old-fashioned campfire" events, hosted in partnership with Portland FolkMusic Society, are an opportunity to share park stories and rekindle the art of communal song circles and storytelling. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy folk and campfire songs, especially those relating to Gorge natural and cultural history. The events are open to all ages, and a special children's sing-along event is scheduled for Aug. 26. Please bring a chair for seating.

Vista House is located 20 miles east of Portland on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Corbett. Vista House is open daily in the summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While visiting the Gorge, visitors may also picnic, hike and sightsee at the many state parks along the Columbia River and camp at Ainsworth campground. Reserve a site by phone at 800-452-5687 or online at www.reserveamerica.com.

For more information, contact Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser at Rooster Rock State Park at 503-695-2261 x228 or dorothy.brown-kwaiser@oregoon.gov , or visit the Gorge parks blog at www.columbiarivergorgeparks.wordpress.com.

Ribbon cutting for The Dalles parklet opening
Ribbon cutting for The Dalles parklet opening
Oregon Main Street Welcomes New Performing Main Street Communities (Photo) - 06/09/16

Salem, Oregon, June 9, 2016 -- Oregon Main Street just accepted the La Grande Main Street Downtown and The Dalles Main Street programs at the Performing Main Street level of Oregon Main Street. They join Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, McMinnville, Oregon City, and Roseburg at this top level. Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to using the Main Street Approach(R) as a model for their downtown revitalization effort. 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 a community build on their district's unique assets.

When hearing the news, Thomas Taylor, executive director of La Grande Main Street Downtown, stated, "We are very proud to reach this benchmark. A lot of energy has been built around our downtown revitalization efforts since we began our main street organization. We have a great working relationship with our city, several key properties have been renovated, new events have added vitality to downtown, and we have a stronger business mix."

And, Matthew Klebes, executive director of The Dalles Main Street, said, "This reflects the hard work of our numerous volunteers that make up our Board, committees, and task squads. The Dalles Main Street has seen amazing growth over the past few years. This is a direct result of our community stepping up and working hard on many different projects, programs, and events that have strengthened our historic downtown."

Over the past few years, Oregon Main Street has seen an 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. Between 2010 and 2014, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels -- the two highest levels in the OMS Network -- saw an increase of 295 net new businesses, 1,995 net new jobs, 719 private sector building improvement projects representing $53.9 million of private sector reinvestment.

Communities participating at the Performing Main Street 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 a compact and pedestrian-oriented district.

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. Communities participating at this level are also eligible for recognition as an accredited community by the National Main Street Center.

Currently, there are over 80 communities 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 Performing Main Street level, both La Grande and The Dalles previously participated at the Transforming Downtown level.

"We are very excited to have both La Grande and The Dalles join the six other communities participating at the Performing Main Street level," said Sheri Stuart, coordinator, Oregon Main Street. "It has been exciting to watch the progress they have made over the past few years to engage community partners in revitalizing their historic downtowns."

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National 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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Fairview City Jail
Fairview City Jail
Fairview City Jail listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/09/16

The Fairview City Jail in Fairview, Oregon is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Fairview City Jail was constructed in 1915. It never really served as a jail, but was considered necessary after Fairview adopted a series of anti-crime and anti-vice measures after its incorporation in 1908. It was constructed as an annex to the 1912 City Hall, which functioned as a City Hall, general store, library, post office, dance floor and theater. After the City Hall was demolished in 1979, the jail was a freestanding building in city park. Today the simple concrete building functions as a museum. It is the last original correctional facility remaining in Multnomah County.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their February 2016 meeting. It is the only property in Fairview that is 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).

W. Leland James House
W. Leland James House
W. Leland James House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/09/16

The W. Leland James House in Portland, Oregon is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1929 W. Leland James House, designed by Portland architect Harold Doty in the English Arts & Crafts style, was commissioned by businessman W. Leland James. James founded Consolidated Freightways, a nationwide trucking firm that eventually became Con-Way, and Freightliner, a manufacturer of semi-trucks. James is credited with developing and implementing the concept of long-haul trucking, at a time when railroads still dominated the shipping industry. He had the house, which sits prominently on its site in the Terwilliger neighborhood, designed and built during a high point in his career. It was later occupied by William Gruber, the inventor of the View-Master.
Architect Harold Doty was a long-time collaborator with Wade Pipes. Although not as well-known as some of his contemporaries, his work was nonetheless published in the national architectural journal Architectural Record, and an exhibit and lecture on his work was held at the Portland Art Museum after his death in 1943. The W. Leland James House was noted in Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon as Doty's "finest work."
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their February 2016 meeting. It is one of 267 single family homes in Portland that are 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).

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in White City - 06/07/16

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on Thursday, June 16th and Friday June 17th at the Brookside Inn & Suites, 2020 Leigh Way in White City, 97503. Sessions will begin at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday and 9:00 a.m. on Friday and are open to the public.

The Committee will review a Multiple Property Document and two associated nominations for the Central Oregon Irrigation District; and nominations for the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point; the Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building in White City; the Nyla L. Jebousek House in Newport; and the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Portland. A boundary decrease for a National Register property in Portland, the William B. Holden House, will also be reviewed. The agenda and electronic 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 hearing impaired 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).

Attached Media Files: SACHP Press Release
Rules Advisory Committee Meeting June 20 for the newly designated Chetco River State Scenic Waterway - 06/07/16

HARBOR -- The draft management plan and rules for a portion of the Chetco River recently designated by Governor Brown as a State Scenic Waterway are the topic of a June 20 rules advisory committee meeting hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Harbor Water District Offices, 98069 W Benham Lane.

The rules advisory committee will review the draft management plan developed in 2015 for the section of the Chetco between the Steel Bridge and Alfred A. Loeb State Park. The advisory committee will also review proposed scenic waterway rules for this section of the river and provide comments on the impact of those rules on both land managers and the public. Members of the public are welcome to attend but the meeting will be a work-session. The public will not have an opportunity to comment at this meeting; however, public comments will be accepted during the rule making process which will follow later this summer.
Scenic waterways staff will incorporate committee input into a final draft management plan and draft rules for OPRD commissioners to review. OPRD will also schedule a rule-making hearing to solicit public feedback on the draft rules following this meeting.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights.

The draft plan, meeting materials and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information about the meeting or about the draft rules on the Chetco River Scenic Waterway, please contact Rocky Houston at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov or Laurel Hillmann at 503-986-0700 or laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov. For more information on the rulemaking process, please contact Richard Walkoski at 503-986-0748 or richard.walkoski@oregon.gov.

Rules Advisory Committee Meeting June 22 for newly designated Molalla River State Scenic Waterway - 06/07/16

MOLALLA -- The draft management plan and rules for a portion of the Molalla River recently designated by Governor Brown as a State Scenic Waterway are the topic of a June 22 rules advisory committee meeting hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E 5th St.

The rules advisory committee will review the draft management plan developed in 2015 for the section of the Molalla between the Table Rock Fork and the Glen Avon Bridge. The advisory committee will also review proposed scenic waterway rules for this section of the river and provide comments on the impact of those rules on both land managers and the public. Members of the public are welcome to attend but the meeting will be a work-session. The public will not have an opportunity to comment at this meeting; however, public comments will be accepted during the rule making process which will follow later this summer.

Scenic waterways staff will incorporate committee input into a final draft management plan and draft rules for OPRD Commissioners to review. OPRD will also schedule a rule-making hearing to solicit public feedback on the draft rules following this meeting.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights.

The draft plan, meeting materials and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information about the meeting or about the draft rules on the Chetco River Scenic Waterway, please contact Rocky Houston at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov or Laurel Hillmann at 503-986-0700 or laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov. For more information on the rulemaking process, please contact Richard Walkoski at 503-986-0748 or richard.walkoski@oregon.gov.

Doug Newman Award Winners Announced - 06/06/16

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) would like to announce the Doug Newman Memorial Award winners for 2015 and 2016. ORTAC announces two winners instead of one in order to transition to issuing awards for the current year rather than the previous year.

The 2015 winner is Ron Robinson from Lane County. Robinson has spent the last 11 years leading and organizing volunteer trail maintenance and construction nearly twice a week in the Willamette National Forest. In addition, he leads family-friendly events at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and helps with trail maintenance at the Drift Creek Wilderness in the Siuslaw National Forest.

The 2016 winner is Gary Chapman from Benton County. Chapman has been the force behind the development of the 60-mile Corvallis to Sea Trail, and he founded the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps support the development, maintenance and advocacy for the trail. Chapman has spent the last 14 years researching routes, working with the Siuslaw National Forest and securing access agreements from private property and public property owners for the trail.

The Doug Newman Memorial Award is a tribute to Doug Newman, recognizing an Oregonian whose efforts have inspired, benefited and contributed to the trails and trail users of Oregon. Doug was an avid outdoorsman, author and outdoor writer for the Eugene Register-Guard. Doug transferred his passion for the outdoors through his writing and work with the University of Oregon Outdoors Program. Plagued with polio since early childhood, Newman died a tragic death in 1992.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The Council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the Doug Newman Award winners or about ORTAC, contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.

Heritage Commission meeting June 6 CANCELED - 06/02/16

***NOTICE: MEETING CANCELED***


The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Museum Grants, and other heritage topics.

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, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org