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Crowd-sourced survey seeks African American historic sites - 07/28/14
A crowd-sourced project to identify Oregon's African American historic sites and places has uncovered locations in Pendleton, Hayesville, Salem, Westport, Portland and other communities. Project leaders are asking the public to continue submitting information about potential sites.

"These places can be buildings anywhere in Oregon where African Americans worked, sites where important events happened, or objects created, installed, or inspired by African Americans," said project manager Kim S. Moreland.

The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, launched the property survey project "Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places" in May. Working with community partners and volunteers, the organizations want to protect and preserve Oregon's African American historic sites and places from 1844 to 1984.

Preserving Oregon African American Historic Places project is a crowd-sourced project that encourages the public to contribute information online that pertains to existing structures with any African American association in their histories and cemeteries with African American burials.

The discoveries so far include black pioneer burials in the historic Hayesville, Salem Pioneer, Westport, and Lone Fir cemeteries are just a few of the data submissions we already received. Additional data has been submitted on two Pendleton structures: one is related to the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the "Triple Nickles") and the other with George Fletcher, the Pendleton Round Up rodeo champion. Other recent documentation includes a 114-year-old wooden structure which served as the residence of suffrage and civic leader Kathryn Gray. Another building, commonly referred to as the Burger Barn, is associated with the infamous "possum Incident" in Portland.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 28. You may submit your information online at www.makeoregonhistory.com or at www.oregonblackpioneers.org. Provide as much information as you can, but it is OK to leave blanks if you do not know the particular information requested. Go to www.makeoregonhistory.com to submit online. The information will be added to the collections of the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historic Sites Database.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a multiple property document that identifies sites for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places," said Moreland.

If you have any questions about the survey project you may email Moreland at historic_places@qwestoffice.net or Kuri Gill, Oregon Heritage, Grants and Outreach Coordinator at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.
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Public comments period opens on proposed rule to restrict smoking on Oregon beaches - 07/25/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 25, 2014

Media Contacts:
Richard Walkoski, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0748, Cell: 503-510-9956
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722, Cell: 503-931-2590

Salem OR - Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through August 29, 2014. Comments will be taken by email, and through a series of four public hearings in August.

Rules that restrict smoking on Oregon state park properties were approved in February by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. Education about the new rule is taking place through 2014, and enforcement will begin in 2015. Previous public comments related to the state park rule asked the department to undertake a similar effort on the ocean shore, which is adjacent to many state parks. Citing environmental issues as a primary concern--plastic cigarette butts can persist for years, even in the harsh beach environment--the commission approved a staff request to consider a smoking rule for the ocean shore.

After listening to public comment between now and August 29, the department plans to present information to the Commission on September 17 at its meeting near Silverton, and return November 19 with a final recommendation at the Astoria meeting.

Public comment will play a key role in the decision to create a rule. Comments can be sent to the department through regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by e-mail (oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov), or in person at one of four public hearings scheduled in August. All hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the locations listed below.

* 8/20/2014 - Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside OR
* 8/21/2014 - Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport OR
* 8/26/2014 - Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay OR
* 8/28/2014 - North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR

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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.

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.