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Trails advisory committee to meet Feb. 28-29 to evaluate grant applications - 02/20/24

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee will meet February 28-29 to evaluate grant applications from around the state for projects to develop, improve or expand recreational trails. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) administers this federally funded grant program. 

The meeting is open to the public but does not include time for public comments. The committee will meet 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Feb. 28 and 9 a.m. to close of business Feb. 29. 

Members will evaluate 22 applications over two days. Agenda for meeting information and a list of project proposals: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/Documents/RTP-Agenda-Feb2024.pdf

Options for attending:

In Person: Best Western Mill Creek, 3125 Ryan Dr SE, Salem, OR 97301 

Online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85971565536

One tap mobile: (253)205-0468, 85971565536#

Phone: (253)205-0468, Webinar ID: 859 7156 5536

The RTP Advisory Committee will submit recommendations to the Oregon State Parks Commission for review and approval at their April meeting. OPRD will then forward approved project proposals to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval. 

The RTP Advisory Committee consists of 10 members who represent various trail user groups and land managers. Eligible RTP applicants include local governments, state agencies, federal land management agencies, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations.

RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The program provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized trail uses, including hiking, biking, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, paddling, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

For more information contact Jodi Bellefeuille, Program Coordinator at 503-856-6316 or Jodi.bellefeuille@oprd.oregon.gov or visit the RTP webpage.

If special accommodations are needed to attend the meeting, contact Jodi Bellefeuille at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to hold online meeting Feb. 26 and 27 - 02/12/24

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene an online meeting Feb. 26 and 27. 

On Feb. 26, commissioners will meet for a work session and training from 1 to 4 p.m. The meeting includes a commission bylaws work session, budget development and legislative process, rule making, real estate, park development and grants.

On Feb. 27, commissioners will convene an executive session online at 8:45 a.m. to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities and potential litigation. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will be open to the public.

The business meeting is open to the public and will be available via livestream at https://bit.ly/oprdlive. Those who wish to make informal public comments related to any items not on the agenda must sign up at https://bit.ly/registerfeb2024commission. The deadline to register to speak at the meeting virtually is 5 p.m., Feb. 23. Time per speaker is limited to three minutes. Please submit written public comments by 5 p.m. Feb. 23 to chris.havel@oprd.oregon.gov

The full agenda and supporting documents will be posted on the commission web page. Notable requests: 

  • Requests to adopt updates to two administrative rules. (The public comment periods on the rules have closed so comments will not be taken at the commission meeting before they vote):
  • OAR 736-010-0020- Amending General Park Area Rules to update Exclusion Process (https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-Rule-2023-ExclusionRules.aspx)
  • OAR 736-021-0090–Amending Territorial Sea Plan Rocky Habitat Site Designation. (https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-Rule-2023-MarineplantandMacroalgaecollection.aspx).
  • Request to approve state park construction contracts at Beverly Beach, Peter Skene Ogden Wayside, Silver Falls and Milo McIver.
  • Request to approve County Opportunity Grant Program awards for 2024 and ATV Grant Recommendations.
  • Request to accept the donation of two small parcels of land adjacent to Brian Booth State Park from McKenzie River Trust. The land would allow greater access for employees and contractors to inspect and maintain OPRD parklands.

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at least three days in advance: denise.warburton@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-779-9729. 

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. 

Three open house sessions to discuss draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - 02/06/24

SALEM, Oregon— Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host three virtual open house sessions, Feb. 15, Feb. 29 and March 2, to discuss the draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for 2024-2028.

The five-year plan is a comprehensive look at Oregon’s outdoor recreation needs and priorities based on a survey of more than 3,000 people in a representative sampling of Oregon residents as well as a survey of recreation providers. The research was conducted in collaboration with Oregon State University. 

The primary purpose of the plan is to provide guidance for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program and other Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant programs. Results also help guide federal, state, and local government, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors, in making policy and planning decisions. It also provides up-to-date, high-quality information to assist recreation providers with park system planning in Oregon.

The current draft plan, titled “Balance and Engagement: Sustaining the benefits for all Oregonians,” also takes a deeper dive in three areas: 

  • Examining the benefits of outdoor recreation
  • Balancing conservation and recreation
  • Engaging with underserved communities

Residents can learn more about the draft plan during the three online open house sessions:

  • Feb. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 2, 10-11:30 a.m.

Attendees can register at https://outdooreconomy.oregonstate.edu/scorp2024. The registration form includes an opportunity to request accommodations for accessibility. The meetings will include an overview of the draft plan and an opportunity to offer brief public comments, which will be included in the final draft. The goal of the open house is to gather public comments to ensure that the report is clear and relevant to users across the state.

The final draft of the 2024-2028 SCORP will be available in spring or summer of 2024 and include an official public review process. The final draft will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission with a request for its approval and also shared with the National Park Service for review. After any last revisions, the final plan is then sent to the U.S. National Park Service for adoption. 

Learn more about the 2024-2028 SCORP including the goals, benefits and research team at https://outdooreconomy.oregonstate.edu/scorp2024.

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meets February 16 in Salem - 01/31/24

Salem, Ore. – The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will meet February 16 in-person at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St NE, Rm 142a, Salem, Oregon 97301, to consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The SACHP meeting is open to the public. 

Friday’s meeting agenda includes guided site visits, presentations, and hearings of five proposed nominations. 

The guided site visits on Friday will begin at 9:00 a.m and the business meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Anyone may listen to the meeting and instructions on how to attend electronically will be posted on the commission web page prior to the meeting. Registration is required to speak at the meeting, and is available online at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/OH/Pages/Commissions.aspx#SACHP

On Friday, the committee will review five proposed nominations beginning at 1:30 p.m.: Alderway Building, Portland, Multnomah County; Hotel Alma, Portland, Multnomah County (Amendment); Normandale Field, Portland, Multnomah County; Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Albany, Linn County; Dallas Downtown Historic District, Dallas, Polk County.

For specific hearing times, refer to the online agenda: www.oregonheritage.org (click on “Commissions & Committees” at top of page and look under “State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation”).

The SACHP is a nine-member governor-appointed citizen commission with credentials in many historic preservation-related fields. 

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.

This effort aligns with the Oregon Historic Preservation Plan goal to increase the thematic diversity of Oregon properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also supports the goals to include more voices and increase access to Oregon heritage that are part of the Oregon Heritage Plan

The conference call is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made with at least three days of advance notice by calling (503) 986-0690. 

More information about the National Register of Historic Places process is online at www.oregonheritage.org.

Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects - 01/31/24

SALEM, Oregon –

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects. Both grant programs support the goals of the Oregon Historic Preservation Plan. 

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, plumbing, and electrical needs. Recently funded projects include preservation of the following historic properties.

  • Carnegie Library Building, Arts Council of Pendleton
  • Ascension Chapel, Cove
  • Masonic Lodge Building, Baker City
  • Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery, Coos Bay
  • Train Depot, Wasco
  • Schoolhouse, Creswell
  • Geer Crest Farm, Marion County
  • SPS 700 Steam Locomotive, Portland
  • Celia’s House, Medford
  • Triangle Lake Round Barn, Lane County
  • John Quincy Adams Young House, Beaverton

Preserving Oregon Grants can also fund archaeology projects for significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and/or interpreting archaeological sites. Archaeology projects by Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Southern Oregon University Lab of Anthropology were funded last year.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grants return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national). Recent façade projects have taken place in Cottage Grove, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Moro, and Portland. 

The online grant application is simple to use and includes plenty of support. Free, online grant workshops specific to these grant programs and how to use the online grant application will be offered. Visit the Oregon Heritage grants webpage to register. 

  • February 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Preserving Oregon Grants historic property projects. 
  • February 21, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for Preserving Oregon Grants historic archaeology projects.
  • February 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Diamonds in the Rough building façade projects.


Recorded trainings and tips are also online. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic cemetery projects - 01/30/24

SALEM, Oregon –

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management, and more. 

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $8,000, but have been higher. Anyone may apply for a grant. Projects must be related to historic cemeteries listed with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Recent projects include marker repair and workshops in several cemeteries, installations of signs and informational kiosks, a preservation plan, and a fence replacement. 

“Our goal is to preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries and offer support throughout the application process,” said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill. Last year’s awards included projects in in Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk, Wheeler, and Yamhill Counties.

The online grant application is simple to use and includes plenty of support.  A free, online workshop specific to this grant and how to use the online grant application system will be offered February 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is required. Recorded trainings and tips are also online.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries 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. These grants support the goals of the Oregon Historic Preservation Plan and the Oregon Heritage Plan. To learn more about the grants or workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org. For additional information, translation, and accessibility needs contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.


Grants available for Oregon museum projects - 01/29/24

SALEM, Oregon –

The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Museums may apply for a variety of projects. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness, and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops, and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside of the museum, but still meet the museum’s mission. 

“This program is quite broad and can be used to collect the full spectrum of Oregon’s history, preserve it and raise awareness of it. We hope to see both creative and practical proposals,” said Oregon Heritage Coordinator, Katie Henry. Past projects include:

  • Interpretation and education projects at the Elkton Community Education Center, Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Milwaukie Historical Society, Museum at Warm Springs; 
  • Collections projects by Canby Historical Society, Deschutes County Historical Society (Bend), High Desert Museum (Deschutes County), Japanese American Museum of Oregon (Portland), Tamástslikt Cultural Institute (Umatilla County), Springfield Historical Museum, Sumpter Valley Restoration Railroad, Inc., Woodville Museum, Inc., and 
  • Tourism projects by the Hoover-Minthorn House (Newberg), Baker Heritage Museum. 

The online grant application is simple to use and includes plenty of support.  A free online workshop specific to this grant and how to use the online grant application will be offered February 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. Recorded trainings and tips are also online.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission’s mission 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. The commission supports Oregon Heritage Plan goals that include: including more voices of Oregon’s history, access to Oregon’s historic resources, attaining best practices and promoting the value of heritage. 

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org. For additional questions, translation and accessibility needs contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.