Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
The gift of Oregon State Parks is easier to give with new online store
What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon's state parks? From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25--that's $5 off the regular price of $30. Purchasing these passes is now easier than ever -- buy them online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org.
Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.
"Look forward to another year of hiking, camping, beachcombing, and picnicking," says Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. "When you get or renew yours, consider giving one as a gift. Your friends and family will thank you."
The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits can be purchased online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org
with a card bearing the Visa or MasterCard logo. First time members of the private nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation (http://www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org/membership/) receive a free 12-month permit at the $45 membership level or above.
Walk-in customers can buy the OPRD permits and gift certificates at major OPRD offices, some state park friends' group stores and local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit http://oregonstateparks.org.
Visitors are the single largest source of funding for Oregon's state parks. Revenue from RV registrations and the Oregon Lottery, dedicated by voters in 1998 and 2010, make up the rest.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set Dec. 11
Salem, OR-- The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Salem on Dec. 11 to discuss adding a board director and other updates on planning for the proposed 86-mile Salmonberry Trail that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Tillamook Conference Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem.
The agenda includes a proposal to add the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde as a nonvoting director to the agency. Other agenda items include updates on the rail banking process and local government involvement. The meeting is open to the public.
The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and 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 massive storm damage. The 11-member Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.
For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Tail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or email@example.com
Register for Whale Watch training set for Dec. 5, 2015 or Jan. 9, 2016
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold the first of three Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteer trainings Dec. 5 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. An additional session is set for Jan. 9, 2016 at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology near Charleston. The Feb. 6, 2016 training at Cape Lookout State Park near Tillamook is full. Limited seats remain for Newport and Charleston. Priority registration will be given to new volunteers.
The trainings will teach volunteers how to locate and identify whales, as well as how to help visitors spot whales during the watch weeks. Training is free if you pre-register and sign up to volunteer at one of the watch sites for at least two days during either the Dec. 27-31 or March 19-26, 2016 Whale Watch weeks.
Prospective volunteers can learn more about the program and register for the upcoming training sessions at www.whalespoken.org.
Look for the "2015-2016 Volunteer Registration and Training Schedule" link for information about the training and the registration form.
OPRD coordinates both the winter and spring Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org
or by calling (541) 765-3304.
Volunteers sought for Collier State Park holiday event
Volunteers are needed to help put on Collier Memorial State Park's 3rd Annual Christmas in the Cookhouse event on Dec. 12. Volunteers will help spread Christmas cheer by assisting with Christmas crafts, storytelling, caroling, snacks and more. The event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Collier Memorial Logging Museum. Volunteer shifts run anywhere from an hour to all day.
For information, contact park ranger Miranda Krane at 541-783-2471 Ext. 23 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon State Parks waives $5 day-use parking fee on Black Friday
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Nov. 19, 2015
Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Oregon State Parks waives $5 day-use parking fee on Black Friday
Salem OR -- Chiming in on one nationwide outdoor retailer's announcement it will encourage people to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will suspend day parking fees Nov. 27, 2015 at all 26 state parks that charge one.
"Rain or shine, windy or not, we're thankful Oregon's outdoors are a constant source of joy," says Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director Lisa Sumption. "Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air."
Most state parks are free year-round, but the 26 that charge for parking include places like Fort Stevens near Astoria, Silver Falls near Salem, and The Cove Palisades near Madras. Daily parking is $5 per vehicle, but 1- and 2-year passes are also available online at http://store.oregonstateparks.org/
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Editors--A map of state parks which charge a parking fee is online at http://bit.ly/oregonstatefeeparks
Hundreds of Oregon historical studies, books available in online library
Oregonians and other historians are now able to harvest information about hundreds of historical books and studies in an online History and Archaeology Library created by the Oregon Heritage division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
"During the past five decades, we have received hundreds of studies and reports about historic and pre-historic places in Oregon," said Chrissy Curran, manager of Oregon Heritage and the deputy state historic preservation officer. "We've worked so that the public can now have easy access to these documents as well as the titles of other books that have been published since the 195s."
Organized by county, the online History and Archaeology Library also includes links to lists of historic cemeteries and National Register sites in the counties. There are also links to the State Archives location guides to government records in each county.
"We have also included links to digital projects that we have supported with our grant programs," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission. "For example, we link to the historic photos digitized in a joint project of the Albany Regional Museum and the Albany Public Library. Another link is to historic land survey maps digitized by Baker County."
The History and Archaeology Library also includes listings and links of other regional and statewide resources related to history and archaeology, and history research guides. Oregon Heritage will continue to add studies and book listings to the online library as they are received.
"We want researchers who know about other work to let us know of its existence," said Ian Johnson, manager of the State Historic Preservation Office. "We want researchers to think of this as the first place to go when they are gathering information."
The History and Archaeology Library is located at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/RESRCH/pages/histarch.aspx
The Oregon Heritage division includes the State Historic Preservation Office, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Main Street Program. Its website is www.oregonheritage.org
OPRD seeks comments on Special Access Pass rules for Disabled Veterans
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes to the Special Access Pass program. This program grants veterans with a service connected disability a fee waiver for up to 10 days per month in standard campsites at Oregon State Park campgrounds.
The proposed changes will: allow these reservations to be made on-line; simplify the stay limit to 10 days per month; add showers to the list of fee waivers available to pass holders; add a $5 fee for replacement of a lost pass; clarify when a pass can be revoked or temporarily suspended; add penalties for failure to cancel; and impose a penalty for leaving early without letting park staff know. Additional details, including the proposed rule language can be found at http://bit.ly/Veterans_Pass_Rules.
OPRD will accept comments until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Comments may be e-mailed to email@example.com
and written comments may be sent to Richard Walkoski, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301. Comments will also be accepted at a series of public hearings scheduled during December at the following locations:
Dec. 2, 2015; 5:30 p.m.
North Mall Office Building-Park HQ, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Dec. 3 2015; 6:30 p.m.
Pine Ridge Inn, 1200 SW Mt. Bachelor Drive
Dec. 7, 2015; 6:30 p.m.
Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way
Portland (two meetings)
Dec. 12, 2015; 9 a.m., and
Dec. 15, 2015; 6:30 p.m.
Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Dec. 16, 2015; 6:30 p.m.
Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road
Those who wish to make public comment must register with the hearing officer within 30 minutes of the listed start time on the scheduled hearing dates.
Rain storm closes Indian Beach at Ecola State Park (Photo)
Heavy rains washed out the trail to Arcadia Beach. Use Hug Point or Tolovana Wayside to get to this beach.
Seaside, OR-Indian Beach at Ecola State Park is closed until further notice due to damage to the access road, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced.
Above average rainfall caused significant erosion under Ecola State Park Road where it travels over Canyon Creek, making the road unsafe. The storm also washed out trail access to Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area, just south of Ecola. On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2.78 inches of rain drenched Astoria, compared to the normal .38 inches, the National Weather Service reported.
While other parking areas and trails are open, visitors should exercise caution and report any unsafe conditions to park staff immediately by calling 530-368-5943 or 800-551-6949, 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday - Friday. For park updates and alerts, visit oregonstateparks.org.
Grants available for veterans and war memorials
The Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials.
"The program is designed to honor Oregon's soldiers and veterans by commemorating their service to the country," said Kuri Gill, coordinator for the program. "Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on public land."
New monuments should recognize veterans and wars not already recognized. Grants for restoration could be used for broken monuments, missing elements of monuments, or the related design elements of monuments for veterans or earlier wars such as World War I.
Details and the application information are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx
The application deadline is Dec. 15.
For more information, contact Kuri Gill at (503) 986-0685 or Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov
State historic cemeteries commission seeks new members
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill open positions representing northeastern Oregon, southern Oregon and the greater Portland area.
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 pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding; obtain grants funding; seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries; and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.
The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants, and history.
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.
The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast and southern parts of the state and the greater Portland area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before December 20, 2015.
More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org
. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov
. 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. If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.
Buy ATV permits and Oregon State Parks day-use parking permits online
The ATV permit and Oregon State Parks day-use parking permits are now available for online purchase at www.oregonstateparks.org.
On the website, follow the 'Shop' link to buy the 24-month ATV permit and 12- or 24-month day-use parking permit from the Park Store.
"We're expanding our online services in response to visitor comments and requests," said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "In the coming months, we'll offer additional items in our Park Store that we believe will appeal to our park visitors."
The 12-month parking permit is $30 and the 24-month parking permit is $50. Both are honored at all 26 Oregon State Parks that charge a day-use parking fee. The $10 ATV permit must be displayed on ATVs operated on public lands designed for ATV use.
Park Store purchases can be made using a VISA or MasterCard. The permanent permits and day-use permit hangtags are delivered via U.S. mail at no cost to the customer. Customers should print the temporary permit attached to the Park Store e-mail receipt so they can visit a park or ride an ATV that day. The temporary permit is valid 14 days from the purchase date and is designed to fit on a vehicle dashboard or kept with visitors operating motorcycles, open vehicles and ATVs.
Day-use parking permits and ATV permits are also available from permit agents statewide. Visit http://bit.ly/OSPparkingpermitagents
for parking permit retailers and http://bit.ly/oregonatvpermitagents
for ATV permit agents.
Public meeting about proposed bikeway Nov. 19 in Fossil
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway at 5:30 pm., Nov. 19 at the Jean E. Burch Building, 401 4th St., Fossil.
The proposed 120-mile-long Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway uses existing roads and passes by the John Day Fossil Beds and the towns of Fossil, Service Creek, Kimberly and Mitchell.
The meeting agenda will consist of a short presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway followed by questions from the audience.
Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.
The following day, Nov. 20, Travel Oregon will host a workshop on the proposed Bikeway. The public is invited to attend both the public meeting and the workshop. More information on the workshop can be found at http://industry.traveloregon.com/PaintedHills
Comments about the proposed bikeway can be sent to Alex Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Parks and Rec. Dept.
ATTN: Alex Phillips
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem OR 97301-1266
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet November 17-18 in Hood River
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // November 5, 2015
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Hood River OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fifth and final meeting of the year November 17-18 in Hood River, Oregon.
On November 17, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. to tour parks in the mid-Columbia Gorge area before attending workshops starting at noon at the Hood River County Administration Building, 601 State Street, Hood River, Oregon.
On November 18, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the same location to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:
>> Renew three citizen appointments to the 7-member Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council, a group that advises the Commission and the department on the development of non-motorized recreational trails. One new appointment will also be requested: Robert Spurdock, representing Congressional District 3. Spurdock also works for Metro as regional trails planner.
>> Adopt an official name - Sitka Sedge State Natural Area -- for a state park in southern Tillamook County. The property, currently referred to as Beltz, was acquired in 2014 and is mid-way through public planning. No opening date has been set for the park.
The full meeting agenda and packet will be available online at http://bit.ly/november2015agenda
by 3 p.m. Friday, November 6. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at email@example.com
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.
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Public comment period for request to amend Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway rules extended to Nov. 20
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // November 5, 2015
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Bend OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has extended the public comment period related to a request from the Bend Park and Recreation District to amend rules for the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway. The amendment would remove language prohibiting crossings between Mile 171 and 174.6, and instead allow applications for bicycle/pedestrian crossings.
The comment period was originally scheduled to close October 30. The new deadline is 5 p.m., November 20, 2015. The period was extended to give all people interested in the topic enough time to submit opinions.
Materials from a public hearing held October 28 in Bend are online at http://bit.ly/deschutes-scenic.
Audio from the meeting is online at http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/docs/deschutes-sww-hearing-20151028-edited.mp3
Public comment will be accepted until November 20 in writing to OPRD, ATTN: Deschutes Rulemaking, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C, Salem OR 97301, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. All comments must be received by 5 p.m., November 20, 2015.
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Editors: For information on Bend Park and Recreation District plans for this trail connection, contact Executive Director Don Horton, 541-389-7275, email@example.com
Senate Bill 192 Work Group to meet Nov. 5 - 11/02/15
Salem, OR-Allowing all-terrain vehicles to operate on state highways will be discussed at the first Senate Bill 192 work group meeting, to be hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) on Nov. 5. The meeting is set from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, 2330 17th St. NE.
SB 192 directs OPRD to convene a work group to examine options allowing users of ATVs to operate on state highways. OPRD's initial interpretation of SB 192 is for the working group to assist communities, riding clubs and ATV proponents in their efforts to help ATV riders access amenities such as motels, restaurants and gas stations from nearby trailheads.
For information, ATV Program staff may be reached at 503-986-0706 or 503-986-0705.
Salmonberry Agency Board to meet November 6 by phone
The Salmonberry Agency Board will meet by phone at 10 a.m. on Nov. 6. The agenda includes a proposed amendment to the Intergovernmental Agreement forming the Salmonberry Agency Board to add the Confederated Tribe of the Grand Ronde as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.
The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farm fields and the rugged Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use Salmonberry Trail. The Salmonberry Agency Board is comprised of eleven members.
The meeting is open to the public. A public listening room will be available at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offices, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is accessible to people with disabilities.
For more information, contact Rocky Houston at 503-986-0750 or firstname.lastname@example.org