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Heritage Commission to meet October 7-8 in Klamath Falls - 09/21/18

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Klamath Falls October 7-8. 

On October 7, Commissioners will gather at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Oregon Bank Building (905 Main St.) for a walking tour of the downtown district including Sugarman’s Corner and the IOOF building.

On October 8 a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Klamath County Museum located at 1451 Main Street, Klamath Falls 97601. The agenda includes discussion on Oregon Heritage Traditions, reports on Commission programs, and a review of the Commission’s bylaws.

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.

Commission meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

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

Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency to host annual Salmonberry Coalition meeting Oct. 4 - 09/20/18

Banks, OR — The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will host its annual Salmonberry Coalition meeting from 6-9 pm Oct. 4 at the Banks Fire District, 13430 NW Main St.

The agenda includes a presentation on the recently completed Salmonberry Trail Valley Segment Plan, updates on fundraising and an assessment of the current STIA governing structure.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a stakeholder group consisting of public and private partners focused on making the Salmonberry Trail a reality. The 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks and cross through two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after experiencing catastrophic storm damage. The STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.More information on the project is at http://salmonberrytrail.org/.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail Project Manager at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council meets Oct. 4 in Bend - 09/20/18

BEND, Ore. – The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 in the boardroom at the Best Western Peppertree Inn, 1082 SW Yates Drive, Bend. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: updates on various programs, election of officers for 2019 and selection of locations and dates for 2019 ORTAC meetings.

View the agenda online: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Documents/ORTAC%20Agenda%20Bend%202018.pdf

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and its partners in the development and promotion of high quality non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon.

The council is made up of seven volunteer members representing the five congressional districts and two coastal representatives. Members are appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. The council holds quarterly meetings in different locations across the state.

For more information about ORTAC, visit https://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Advisory-Committees.aspx

The meeting location is ADA accessible. Individuals that need special accommodations to attend should contact Nicole Sprecher, Administrative Support Specialist, at 503-986-0968 or echer@oregon.gov">nicole.sprecher@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.

Rosemary Johnson of Astoria appointed to Oregon Heritage Commission - 09/17/18

Rosemary Johnson of Astoria has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to a four-year term on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Johnson was the Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Astoria until her retirement in September 2014, after 35 years with the City. She staffed the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, and Design Review Committee for the City for over 27 years. Johnson currently works as a contract planning consultant for the City of Astoria and serves as a project manager for larger projects such as restoration of the Doughboy Monument and the design and construction of the Scandinavian Heritage Park. Having helped to complete the Astoria Riverfront Vision Plan and implementation of codes for three of the four Riverfront Districts, she is currently working on completing the code implementation for the last Urban Core District. She is also an active volunteer at the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Flavel House Museum.

“I am excited to be part of the Oregon Heritage Commission,” Johnson noted about her appointment. “I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember. I believe we are a product of our past and we need to preserve the history of our State and Nation to help form our future. Preservation is not just preserving structures. It is about people, our cultural history and the built environment.”

“Johnson has engaged with many of the Commission’s programs through her work and brings a wealth of preservation experience to the group,” said Beth Dehn, Heritage Commission Coordinator. “We are pleased to have her on the Heritage Commission.” 

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations.

The mission of the 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, commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or eth.Dehn@Oregon.gov">Beth.Dehn@Oregon.gov or visit the Commission’s website at www.oregonheritage.org.

ATV advisory committee seeks public comment on proposed highway access route near Lakeside - 09/12/18

LAKESIDE, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee is accepting public comments on a proposed ATV highway access route designation. The proposed route is on Spinreel Road—part of old state highway 101—located west of Lakeside.

The proposed section of Spinreel Road begins at a Highway 101 overpass and extends 0.8 miles to the Spinreel campground and staging area access road.

Members of the public have two opportunities to comment on the proposed designation:

— In-person: The committee will hold a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Lions Club, 890 Bowron Road, Lakeside. The committee will present an overview of the proposed route and then invite public comment.

— Email: comments can be submitted  to Ian.Caldwell@oregon.gov

The comment period will close Oct. 12, 2018.

Learn more about the Oregon ATV Program here: OregonOHV.org.

Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Ian Caldwell, OPRD grants and community programs representative, at least three days in advance: 541-410-5512 or Ian.Caldwell@oregon.gov.

Public invited to comment on federal preservation grant award in Albany - 09/11/18

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.

 

630 4th Avenue SE

$5,500 grant funds

Historic wood siding and window sill 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 Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

 

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.

Scenic Bikeway Committee meets Sept. 18 in Salem - 09/11/18

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet 9:30 - 11 a.m. Sept. 18  in room 241 in the Salem North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The sole agenda item is a committee discussion about planning for the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the scenic bikeways program in Oregon.

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.

More information about existing scenic bikeways is on oregonstateparks.org.

Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Nicole Sprecher, OPRD Grants & Community Programs assistant, at least three days in advance: 503-986-0968, nicole.sprecher@oregon.gov.

North Santiam State Recreation Area to close Sept. 15 for tree removal - 09/06/18

A small salvage project to remove hazard trees will close the North Santiam State Recreation Area beginning Sept. 15. The seasonal campground normally closes Sept. 30, but will close early so the project can begin before the rainy season. The four-week closure includes the campground, day-use area, trails and boater access. The park will reopen in November.

Bob Rea, manager of the Detroit Lake Management Unit, said selected, dead or dying Douglas-fir and western redcedar will be removed to increase visitor safety. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will keep the western redcedar to use for future park projects.

Gene Drescher of Silverton will complete the project, which will net OPRD $1,000.

North Santiam State Recreation Area is 28 miles east of Salem along Highway 22. 

ATV Grant subcommittee meets Sept. 19 in Jacksonville - 09/05/18

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Grant subcommittee will hold a business meeting 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 in Jacksonville Library, 340 West C St., Jacksonville. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: biennium budget discussions; updates from the Highway Access Committee; updates on the OPRD equipment pool; planning for upcoming ATV-related meetings; and discussing the 2019 grant cycle.

View the agenda online: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/pages/grant_apply.aspx#Meetings_and_Meeting_Minutes

More information about the ATV Grant Program is here: www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/pages/grants.aspx.

Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Mike Law, OPRD grant and community programs representative, at least three days in advance. 541-991-1989 or mike.law@oregon.gov.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on draft master plan for state parks in Wallowa County - 09/05/18

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on the updated draft master plan for state park properties in Wallowa County. The comment period is open through Oct. 20, 2018.

The parks addressed in the plan: Minam State Recreation Area near Elgin, Wallowa Lake State Park near Joseph, and Wallowa Lake Highway Forest Scenic Corridor near Wallowa.

The draft master plan is available online: wallowastateparksplan.com.

Members of the public have several opportunities for comment:

  • Online: submit comments on wallowastateparksplan.com.
  • Mail: submit comments to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn. Ian Matthews, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.
  • In-person: two meetings will be held about the plan. The first will be 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St., La Grande. The second will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Joseph Community Center, 401 E. 1st St., Joseph. Public comments will be accepted at both meetings.

The public may also attend the upcoming Wallowa Master Plan Advisory Committee meeting 2-4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Joseph Community Center, 401 E. 1st St., Joseph. Public comments will not be accepted at this meeting, however it will give interested parties an opportunity to learn more about the draft plan.

A park master plan guides the development and use of park facilities. It also provides guidelines for the protection and management of important natural, cultural and scenic resources within the park. Master plans are on a 20-year update cycle; the Wallowa County state parks master plan was created in 2001.

Learn more about state parks on oregonstateparks.org.

Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meetings should contact Ian Matthews, OPRD Planner, at least three days in advance. 503-986-0744 or ian.matthews@oregon.gov.

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Fur trappers set up camp at Champoeg Sept. 15 (Photo) - 09/04/18

Costumed reenactors will demonstrate the life of fur trappers 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Riverside day-use area in Champoeg State Heritage Area. Admission is free.

The living history event will feature an authentic recreation of a fur trappers’ camp circa 1825. Actors in full pioneer garb will depict the often harsh life endured by fur trappers in the 19th century. Visitors can learn about trappers’ daily activities, trapping techniques and other skills. A tomahawk throwing station will be available as well.

Champoeg State Heritage Area charges a $5 day-use parking fee. For more information about the event, contact Park Ranger Dan Klug at 503-678-1251.

More information about Champoeg State Heritage Area, including park maps and brochures, is on oregonstateparks.org.

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The Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center will serve as a classroom and event space.
The Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center will serve as a classroom and event space.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 18-19 in Condon (Photo) - 08/31/18

Condon, Ore. — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year Sep. 18-19 in Condon.

On Sep. 18, Commissioners will participate in a grand opening celebration of Cottonwood Canyon State Park’s new cabins and Experience Center, a classroom for outdoor education and event space. The $800,000 Experience Center was largely built thanks to donors and fundraising by the private nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation (oregonstateparksfoundation.org), which contributed $600,000 in cash and donated products. A public event, from 1 – 4 pm, will include a ribbon cutting, facilities tour and presentations.

On Sep. 19, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Condon Veterans Memorial Hall, 128 S. Main St., to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes requests to:

  • Approve proposed rule changes for two group overnight facilities at Silver Falls State Park known as the Ranches. The rules would remove the reservation and rate requirements currently set in administrative rule and eliminate checks as acceptable payment for reservations. The department plans to negotiate with the concessionaire currently operating the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center to partner on management of the Ranches.
  • Approve a proposed rule that implements a flexible rate range for state park campsites. Under the rule, OPRD could charge slightly more at high-demand campgrounds and less at less popular campgrounds.
  • Award four construction contracts totaling $2.5 million for park upgrades, including $600,000 for renovating the North Falls Visitor Center at Silver Falls State Park.
  • Approve $5.8 million in grants to cities, counties and other jurisdictions for large parks and recreation projects as part of the lottery-funded Local Government Grant Program.

The draft agenda and meeting packet are listed at http://bit.ly/sept2018agenda. People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Denise Warburton burton@oregon.gov">denise.warburton@oregon.gov. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Warburton by email, or call 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.

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park hosts grand opening celebration and tour of the new Experience Center on Sep. 18, 2018 (Photo) - 08/31/18

CONDON, Ore — The public is invited to tour a new education center and four cabins at Cottonwood Canyon State Park from 1-4 p.m. Sep. 18, 2018.

The grand opening celebration will include presentations, a ribbon cutting and a tour of the new facilities, which include a 1,500-square foot Experience Center that will serve as a classroom for outdoor education and a reservable event space. The $2.5 million project also includes four cabins and a new restroom facility with showers.

“We are so excited to open these facilities to the public,” said Cottonwood Canyon Park Manager Iris Benson. “The Experience Center and cabins will truly enhance Oregon’s second-largest state park for the local community and all Oregonians.”

Cabins will be completed and ready to reserve at oregonstateparks.org by late fall 2018. The Experience Center will be open for reservations in spring 2019, with priority given to educational and nonprofit groups. The center includes an indoor meeting room with capacity for 69 people and an outdoor kitchen and lawn area with space for outdoor seating.

The Experience Center was designed in part to support Eastern Oregon University’s Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute, a week-long residential field study course for high school students held each June. It was largely built thanks to donors and fundraising by the private nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation (oregonstateparksfoundation.org), which contributed $600,000 in money and donated products.

Located 50 miles southeast of The Dalles, Cottonwood Canyon’s 8,000 acres straddle the John Day River. Oregon’s second largest park features a small, year-round primitive campground on the banks of the river, as well as trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also known for its fishing and access to hunting outside the developed park area.

 

State historic cemeteries commission seeks new member - 08/28/18

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill a position representing central or southeastern Oregon.

The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to and interest in cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants, and history.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grant funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. Please submit your information before September 25, 2018.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org. If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.