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Santiam Pass Ski Lodge 1940
Santiam Pass Ski Lodge 1940
Santiam Pass Ski Lodge Listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 12/11/18

Salem, Ore. — The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge in Linn County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The USDA Forest Service prepared and nominated this property to the National Register and Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation supported the listing of this nomination. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination Oct. 18, 2018

The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge is representative of an important period of development that shaped public lands to facilitate access and usage for outdoor recreation for the general public. The lodge was constructed between July 1939 and February 1940 and was the result of collaborative efforts by the USDA Forest Service with Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor.

Located on the Santiam Pass on Highway 20 in the McKenzie River Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest, the Santiam Lodge was instrumental in creating a place for citizens to sleep and get meals in the mountains at a reasonable cost while they participated in winter sports activities around the area. It was operated in the capacity of winter ski lodge from 1939 until 1958.

This property is one of the few remaining extant Rustic ski lodge facilities built by the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest during the intensive building program between 1939 and 1941. The Santiam Lodge building was built in the Rustic style, an architectural style known for embracing a philosophy that is cohesive with the surrounding environment by using materials derived from local sources with a simple or natural finish.

On May 10, 2018, the Willamette National Forest signed the operating plan and special use permit for the restoration of the Santiam Pass Ski Lodge. The new permittees, Susan and Dwight Sheets, will be working with community members and foundations to renovate the CCC-built Lodge to its former condition. You can learn more about the work they are doing by visiting their website www.santiampassskilodge.org.

The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge is one of 67 individually listed historic properties in Linn County. The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

The Forest Service Heritage Program seeks to preserve, protect and educate the public about historic sites. The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge, and many other Forest Service historic sites, reflect the agency’s commitment to working with partners, state agencies, and local communities to preserve the past.  Learn more about the Forest Service Heritage Program at www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/heritage

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).

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Free First Day Hike at Fort Stevens State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Hammond OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Fort Stevens State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use fee will be waived for this event.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Parking Lot A

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, four-mile hike on various trails. We recommend the hike for children at least 7 years old.

Contact information:             (503) 861-3170

Additional details:                  This leisurely hike will make its way along the park's extensive paved trails. The trek will pass Swash Lake, an intertidal marsh famous for its winter waterfowl spotting. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Port Orford Heads State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Port Orford OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Port Orford Heads State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               1 p.m.

Starting location:                    Port Orford Heads Lifeboat

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, one-mile hike on the Nellies Cove Trail and Headland Trail

Contact information:              541-332-6774 ext. 0

 

Additional details:                  See stunning views of the southern Oregon Coast, including remnants of the breakwater structures where the lifeboats were once sheltered and launched into the mighty Pacific. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Please, no baby strollers. Hike recommended for children at least five years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at South Beach State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Newport OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at South Beach State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    South Beach Day-Use Area

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike on the Cooper Ridge and South Jetty trails

Contact information:              (541) 867-7451

Additional details:                  Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Please, no baby strollers. Hike recommended for children at least eight years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Buxton OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Hilltop Day-Use Area

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike on various trails

Contact information:             (503) 324-0606

Additional details:                  Follow a path of various trails through the park, which includes views of Boomscooter Pond. Watch for deer, beaver, and other woodland creatures. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least five years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Whale Watching Center Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Depoe Bay OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Whale Watching Center is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, three-mile hike on the Whale Watcher’s Loop

Contact information:             (541) 765-3304

Additional details:                  The loop is mostly along the sidewalks in the town of Depoe Bay, but there will be some off trail hiking once we reach Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint. The hike will take us along one of the best stretches of coastline to view the winter gray whale migration on the Central Oregon Coast. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Wallowa Lake State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Joseph OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Wallowa Lake State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10:30 a.m.

Starting location:                    Parking area across from the South entrance of Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site

Terrain and length of trail:     Difficult, five-mile hike on the East Moraine Trail

Contact information:             (541) 432-8855

Additional details:                  Enjoy stunning views of Wallowa Lake while walking the glacial moraines. Keep your eyes open for mule deer and fox sightings. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommend for children ten years and older. Hot chocolate, coffee, and s’mores will be provided.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Valley of the Rogue State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Gold Hill OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Valley of the Rogue State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               1 p.m.

Starting location:                    Program Area

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy one-mile hike on the River Trail.

Contact information:             (541) 582-1118          

Additional details:                  The River Trail follows along the beautiful Rogue River where you might see wildlife. Baby strollers with sturdy tires allowed. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks will be provided.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Reedsport OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Lake Marie Swim Area

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, one-mile hike on the Lake Marie Trail

Contact information:              541-271-4118

Additional details:                  All ages welcome. Dogs allowed on a 6-foot leash

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Tumalo State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Tumalo OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Tumalo State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               11 a.m.

Starting location:                    Deschutes River Trail Trailhead (back of the day-use parking lot)

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, 3.4-mile hike on the Deschutes River Trail

Contact information:              (541) 388-6055 ext. 0

Additional details:                  Please, no dogs or baby strollers. Hike recommended for children at least five years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Portland OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               9 a.m.

Starting location:                    Nature Center

Terrain and length of trail:     Various, moderate two-five mile hikes

Contact information:             (503) 636-9886 ext. 221

Additional details:                  There will be various guided hikes to choose from: family friendly walks of two miles or less, to longer walks of five miles. These guided nature hikes will have a few nature stops while exploring the park. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at TouVelle State Recreation Site Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Central Point OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at TouVelle State Recreation Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hike time:                               1 p.m.

Starting location:                    Area F – back of the park

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy one-mile hike on the Interpretive River Trail

Contact information:             541-582-1118 ext. 21

Additional details:                  The Interpretive River Trail circles around the beautiful Rogue River and borders Denman Wildlife Refuge. Baby strollers with sturdy tires allowed. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Starvation Creek State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Cascade Locks OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Starvation Creek State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Starvation Creek Falls Trailhead

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy one-mile hike on the Starvation Creek Falls Trail

Contact information:             (503) 695-2261 ext. 221        

Additional details:                  See the amazing waterfalls of the Central Columbia River Gorge and learn about their significance. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Children must be at least twelve years old, if unaccompanied by an adult.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Smith Rock State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Bend OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hikes hosted at Smith Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hikes at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registering will help park staff plan for the hikes and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.  Each hike is limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot by registering at http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents

Starting location:                    Smith Rock Welcome Center

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate 2-mile Rimrock Trail hike follows the east canyon rim. The 3-mile Wolf Tree Trail is also a moderate hike. Both hikes are round trip. We recommend the hikes for children at least 7 years old. No dogs or baby strollers allowed.                                                

Contact information:             (541) 548-7501

Additional details:                  Learn about winter wildlife and the unique geological features of the park.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Silver Falls State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Silverton OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Silver Falls State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents . Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    South Falls Lodge Porch

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike       

Contact information:             (503) 873-8681

Additional details:                  The hike will start with a one-mile loop on the Rim Trail/Bike Trail to explore the temperate rain forest. The second half of the hike will explore the park’s geology and history and will pass behind the South Falls. Hike recommended for children six years and older. Baby strollers are not recommended. Dogs are permitted on the first half of the hike with a six-foot leash, but are not permitted on the second half of the hike.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Oswald West State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Nehalem OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Oswald West State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               8 a.m.

Starting location:                    Elk Flats Trail parking lot. Parking is very limited at the trailhead so please try to carpool. If you have multiple cars, try parking one at the Oswald West Parking lot and use the other to shuttle up to the Elk Flats trail head.

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike on the Elk Flats Trail

Contact information:             503-368-5943, ext. 221

Additional details:      Follow the trail that leads through the heart of the park. Sites include the Devil’s Cauldron overlook and an amazing coastal forest. The hike ends at Short Sand Beach. Dogs not recommended. Terrain is not suitable for baby strollers.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at OC and E Woods Line State Trail Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Klamath Falls OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at OC and E Woods Line State Trail is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               9 a.m.

Starting location:                    Switchbacks Trailhead

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, two-mile hike on the OCE and E Woods Line State Trail

Contact information:             541-783-2471 ext. 21

Additional details:      Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least eight years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Corbett OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Guy W. Talbot State Park, Latourell Falls parking lot is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Latourell Falls parking lot

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, three-mile hike on the Upper Latourell Falls Trail

Contact information:             (503) 695-2261 ext. 221

Additional details:                  Be prepared for uphill hiking the first part of the hike. The trail then levels before continuing down and back to the parking lot. Friendly dogs allowed on a 6-foot leash. No bicycles or baby strollers. Hiking boots recommended.

Participants should dress in layers and bring water, as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at LaPine State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

LaPine OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at LaPine State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               11 a.m.

Starting location:                    South Loop

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, three-mile hike on the Deschutes Loop Trail

Contact information:             (541) 536-2315

Additional details:                  The trail takes you through the woods and along the Deschutes River. Enjoy wildlife viewing and a nice winter scene from McGregor Viewpoint. Depending on the depth of the snow, this may become a snowshoe hike. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least ten years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Site Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Trail OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               11 a.m.

Starting location:                    Group Camp

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike on the Interpretive Trail. We recommend the hike for children at least 7 years old.

Contact information:              (541) 582-1118

Additional details:                  The paved single track trail drops down in to old growth forest. Along the trail, you’ll see waterfalls, Lost Creek Lake, and wildlife. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Florence OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the hike hosted at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather.

Hike time:                               10 a.m.

Starting location:                    Cleawox Lodge

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, one-mile hike from the lodge to the Sand Dunes Day-use Area

Contact information:             541-997-3851

Additional details:                  Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Baby strollers are not recommended.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Mosier OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               1 p.m.

Starting location:                    Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Contact information:             (503) 695-2261

Additional details:                  Enjoy this hike starting from the Hatfield Visitor's Center to the Twin Tunnels Trailhead. Experience beautiful vistas of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about the formation and significance of the gorge. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Children under twelve years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Fort Hill OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               11 a.m.

Starting location:                    Parking Lot

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, one-mile hike on the Fort Yamhill Walking Trail

Contact information:             (503) 879-5814

Additional details:                  Take an easy stroll through the historic parade grounds of Fort Yamhill and learn how the lives of soldiers, Native Americans, and Euro-Americans intersected in the mid 1800s. Please, no dogs.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Snowshoe Hike at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Meacham OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special snowshoe hike hosted at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               11 a.m.

Starting location:                    Day-use parking lot to right of entrance       

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, one-mile snowshoe hike

Contact information:              (541) 983-2277

Additional details:                  Hike around the perimeter of the park while learning about its history. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least six years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring snowshoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Horse Ride at Elijah Bristow State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Eugene OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. This year Elijah Bristow State Park is hosting a special horse ride (bring your own horse or mule).

Horseback riders can register for the ride at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the event and give park staff contact information should the event be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               Noon

Starting location:                    Equestrian parking area. Bring your own horse or mule.

Terrain and length of trail:     Various trails as the rider/hiker prefers, or as water levels allow.

Contact information:             (541) 937-1173

Additional details:      All are welcome, but foot hikers should be comfortable near horses. If you are hiking, the ranger can recommend other routes based on current conditions.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Disc Golf at Dexter State Recreation Site Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Eugene OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. This year Dexter State Recreation Site will host First Day Disc Golf. 

Disc golfers can register for the event at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the event and give park staff contact information should the event be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Event time:                             11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Starting location:                    Dexter Disc Golf Course

Contact information:             541-937-1173, ext. 221

 

Additional details:                  The course includes a nice mixture of long, open holes and technical, wooded ones. A "Putters-Only" 9-hole course will be set up for play in addition to the established 18-hole course. Discs available for use. Players of all skill levels welcome, although best for players age four and older. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Deschutes River State Recreation Area Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

The Dalles OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Deschutes River State Recreation Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               9 a.m.

Starting location:                    Oregon Trail Kiosk

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, five mile hike on the Railbed, Ferry Springs and Blackberry trails

Contact information:             (541) 739-2322 ext. 0

Additional details:                  The ranger-led hike will follow the historic Railbed Trail along the Deschutes River and continue on the Ferry Springs Trail to climb to the highest point in the park.  Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least 10 years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Condon OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Cottonwood Canyon State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                              10 a.m.

Starting location:                   Experience Center

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate three-mile hike on the Pinnacles Trail. We recommend the hike for children at least 10 years old.

Contact information:             (541) 394-0002

Additional details:                  The Pinnacles trail follows the John Day River canyon through stunning geologic formations in a natural desert landscape. Look closely for mule deer, red-tailed hawk, and our resident herd of California bighorn sheep. Baby strollers are not recommended. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Collier Memorial State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Chiloquin OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Collier Memorial State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                              9 a.m.

Starting location:                   Collier Logging Museum

Terrain and length of trail:     Easy, three-mile hike on multiple trails

Contact information:              (541) 783-2471

Additional details:                  Hike through a Pine forest along Spring Creek and the Williamson River. Watch for Bald Eagles, ducks, and river otter. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least eight years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Champoeg State Heritage Area Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Donald OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about two hikes hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                              Two hikes, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m.

Starting location:                   Visitor Center

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, two-mile hike on the Townsite Trail

Contact information:             503-678-1251 ext 222

Additional details:                  Hike through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument. We’ll look for bald eagles, hawks, raptors, and river wildlife.  Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least eight years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Cape Lookout State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Tillamook OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Cape Lookout State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents . This year’s hike is limited to 50 participants. Registering – although not required -- will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time:                              Noon

Starting location:                   Cape Lookout trailhead parking lot

Terrain and length of trail:     Moderate, five-mile hike. Trail may be muddy.      

Contact information:             (503) 842-3182

Additional details:                  One of the most scenic hikes on the Oregon Coast with views of the shoreline north and south. This is one of the best times for whale watching from the end of the cape. Hike recommended for children six years and older. Baby strollers are not recommended. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Bullards Beach State Park Jan. 1 - 12/10/18

Bandon OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Bullards Beach State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:                               1 p.m.

Starting location:                    Bullards Beach meeting hall

Terrain and length of trail:      Moderate, two-mile hike on Pearls Trail

Contact information:              (541) 347-2209 ext. 221

Additional details:                  Hike through forested salt marsh wilderness, comprised mostly of shore pines and out to a remote stretch of sandy beach. Hikers will get the chance to explore, run their dogs, and look for agates, petrified wood, and whatever else might have washed in on the high tides. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least six years old.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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L.L Stub Stewart State Park
L.L Stub Stewart State Park
First Day Hikes event returns to state parks Jan. 1, 2019 (Photo) - 12/07/18

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors on New Year’s Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 32 hikes in 31 parks across the state. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants. 

All hikes are free; day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for specific hikes online at the Oregon State Parks Store: bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. While online registration isn’t required for participation, visitors are encouraged to register. It helps park staff plan the hike and provides them with participant contact information should hike details change.

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife.

OPRD has sponsored First Day Hikes annually since 2012, part of a larger national event organized by America’s State Parks.

Participating parks and meeting areas are below. Full details for each hike are also on bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents.

PORTLAND

  • L.L. Stub Stewart State Park: 10 a.m., meet at Hilltop Day-use area.
  • Tryon Creek State Park: 9 a.m., meet at the nature center.

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

  • Deschutes River State Recreation Area: 9 a.m., meet at Oregon Trail kiosk.
  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: 1 p.m., meet at Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West trailhead.
  • Latourell Falls (Guy W. Talbot State Park): 10 a.m., meet at Latourell Falls parking lot.
  • Starvation Creek State Park: 10 a.m., meet at Starvation Creek Falls trailhead.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES

  • Champoeg State Heritage Area: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet at the visitor center.
  • Dexter State Recreation Site: 11:00 a.m., meet at the information kiosk for disc golf.
  • Elijah Bristow State Park: noon, meet at the equestrian parking area for horse riding (bring your own horse.)
  • Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area: 11 a.m., meet at the main parking lot.
  • Silver Falls State Park: 10 a.m., meet at South Falls Lodge porch.

COAST

  • Bullards Beach State Park: 1 p.m., meet at the meeting hall.
  • Cape Lookout State Park: noon, meet in the Lookout Trailhead parking lot.
  • Fort Stevens State Park: 10 a.m., meet at parking lot A.
  • Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park: 10 a.m., meet at Cleawox Lodge.
  • Oswald West State Park: 8 a.m., meet at Elk Flats Trail parking lot. Parking is limited; please arrive early, carpool, or use another nearby lot.
  • Port Orford Heads State Park: 1 p.m., meet at Port Orford Heads lifeboat.
  • South Beach State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the park day-use area.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park: 10 a.m., meet at Lake Marie swim area.
  • Whale Watch Center at Depoe Bay: 10 a.m., meet at the Whale Watch Center.

SOUTHERN OREGON

  • Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m., meet at Logging Museum parking lot.
  • Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area: 11 a.m., meet at the group camp.
  • OC & E Woods State Line Trail: 9 a.m., meet at Switchbacks trailhead.
  • TouVelle State Park: 1 p.m., meet at TouVelle area F parking lot.
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park: 1 p.m., meet at Valley of the Rogue program area.

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON

  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the experience center.
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area: 11 a.m., meet at the day-use parking lot (right of park entrance.)
  • LaPine State Park: 11 a.m., meet at south loop.
  • Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the welcome center.
  • Tumalo State Park: 11 a.m., meet at Deschutes River Trail trailhead, near the day-use parking lot.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park: 10:30 a.m., meet at the parking area across from the south entrance of Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site.

More information about participating parks, including maps and directions, is on oregonstateparks.org.

TouVelle entrance
TouVelle entrance
New entrance gate to be installed Dec. 7 in TouVelle State Recreation Site (Photo) - 12/05/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – Construction work to install a new gate to the Table Rock Road entrance of TouVelle State Recreation Site will occur Dec. 7. The gate will be installed on the east side of the road entrance only. Access to the boat ramp, located on the west side of the road, will remain open.

Park staff expect no interruptions to traffic on Table Rock Road during the construction, however they ask motorists and day-use visitors to be mindful of any workers present near the park entrance on Dec. 7.

Nathan Seable, park manager, says the new gate will help enforce day-use hours at the park and help curb vandalism and improper use of the park’s facilities.

Park hours are 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Nov. - Feb. and 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., March – Oct. The new hours and gate use will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

TouVelle State Recreation Site—a popular day-use area for group recreation, swimming and boating—is located along the bank of the Rogue River, about 9 miles north of Medford. 

Learn more about the park at oregonstateparks.org.

Attached Media Files: TouVelle entrance
The Oregon Coast Trail at Sam Boardman State Scenic Corridor
The Oregon Coast Trail at Sam Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Oregon Coast Trail public meetings to be held in Coos Bay, Tillamook and Portland (Photo) - 12/04/18

UPDATE: PHOTOS INCLUDED

The public is invited to weigh in on the future of the Oregon Coast Trail at three upcoming open houses hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Participants can drop in at any time during the meeting to learn more about plans to close trail gaps and make improvements to the trail that stretches along the entire coastline.

The same drop-in format will be presented at each open house, scheduled as follows:

Coos Bay: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Avenue

Tillamook: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Port of Tillamook Bay – Officers’ Mess Hall, 4000 Blimp Boulevard

Portland: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, REI Downtown – Community Meeting Room, 1405 NW Johnson

A little less than half of the OCT is on sand; the trail also winds through forests, along scenic headlands and through 28 coastal cities. Some portions of the trail require hikers to walk along the shoulder of US Highway 101. In 2017, Oregon lawmakers tasked OPRD — in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation and local governments — to identify steps and funding needed to address these gaps. These meetings are part of an ongoing public planning process.

For those who prefer to comment online, materials will be posted at oregoncoasttrailplanning.com  on Dec. 14. Public comment is welcome through Jan. 31, via the website, or email comments directly to OPRD’s project manager, Robin Wilcox, obin.wilcox@oregon.gov">robin.wilcox@oregon.gov.

Services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); if accommodations are needed, please call 503-986-0743 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting

Give the gift of Oregon State Parks with an annual parking permit, $5 off in December - 11/28/18

This holiday season, give the gift of unlimited access to Oregon's state parks with an annual day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy annual parking permits for only $25 — that's $5 off the regular price of $30.

“This is the only time we discount the annual pass,” said Lisa Sumption, director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “What better stocking stuffer than one that inspires adventure in Oregon’s special places?”

Purchasing these passes is easy — buy them online at store.oregonstateparks.org, along with branded holiday gift gear, such as water bottles, T-shirts and hoodies. All merchandise is also on sale during the month of December.

Parking permits are also sold at major OPRD offices, some state park stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Another way to support the parks you love is by becoming a member of — or giving the gift of a membership to — the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to enhance the state park experience. Those who give a tax-deductible donation of $45 or more will receive a 12-month day-use parking pass as a thank you. Learn more at oregonstateparksfoundation.org.

Parking costs $5 a day at 25 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.

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.

 

Cameo Theatre listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 11/28/18

The Cameo Theatre in Yamhill County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination in their June 2018 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination Oct. 22.

 

The Cameo Theatre represents Newberg’s association with the Golden Age of Hollywood and is the city’s first theatre built with a sound system for talking pictures. Since construction in 1937, the theatre has been an important role as a primary form of entertainment in Newberg’s community. The property is also significant for its Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architectural features.

 

The Golden Age of Hollywood is defined by a shift in theatre construction and design, transitioning from elaborate movie “palaces” situated in large cities to more modest designs applied to talking picture single-screen cinemas in smaller towns and communities. The Cameo Theatre’s Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style is representative of theatre design commonly applied during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the building is the only Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style building in the city of Newberg.

 

The Cameo Theater is located in downtown Newberg, an Oregon Main Street Network community. Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage.

 

The Cameo Theatre is one of 85 individually listed historic properties in Yamhill County. The National Register of Historic Places was established as part 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).

Registration opens for Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day, set for May 11 - 11/27/18

Oregon’s historic cemeteries are set for a spring spruce-up during Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day on May 11. The event, organized by SOLVE and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC), is a volunteer-led effort across the state to care for and preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries.

Historic cemetery caretakers are encouraged to register their properties for the event on https://www.solveoregon.org/Cemetery-event-leaders.

SOLVE offers several resources to cemeteries that are registered for the event:

  • Free supplies like litter bags, vinyl gloves, safety vests and first aid kits.
  • Volunteer recruitment tools including forms, online registration and liability coverage.
  • Event flyer template.
  • Possible grants for native species to plant.
  • Advice on native plant species to plant for lower maintenance.
  • Small grants and in-kind donation forms for business that provide food and other supplies.
  • Project planning assistance.

 

In addition, OCHC will offer free in-person and webinar workshops on how to host a successful clean-up March 14 and 15. For details and registration visit the OCHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OCHC/Pages/index.aspx.

Oregon’s historic cemeteries are sites of great cultural value,” said Kuri Gill, historic cemeteries and grants coordinator with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “They face many challenges including litter, over-growth of invasive species like thistle and ivy, moss covered monuments and general neglect.”

15 historic cemeteries and over 160 volunteers participated in the 2018 cleanup event. All told, volunteers collected nearly 300 pounds of trash and cleared 4,000 square feet of overgrown vegetation.

OCHC was established in 1999; its seven members coordinate the restoration and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide and advocate for the importance of preserving Oregon’s historic burial sites.

SOLVE is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission “to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.” Visit solveoregon.org for more information.

Bernard and Emma Goldsmith House listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 11/26/18

The Bernard and Emma Goldsmith House in Multnomah County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination in their June 2018 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination Oct. 25.

 

The Bernard and Emma Goldsmith House was designed by architect Edgar Marks Lazarus and exemplifies the distinctive characteristics of the Shingle Style architecture in Portland. The Goldsmith House, completed in 1892 for businessman and Portland's first Jewish mayor Bernard Goldsmith and his family, is the best example known from the peak of Lazarus's 1890s Shingle Style residences.

 

The Shingle Style is an evolution of the Queen Anne, with reduced ornament and fewer materials. A tamer version of the Queen Anne, the Shingle Style incorporates asymmetrical forms, wide porches, rounded turrets, and strong rooflines.

 

Emma Goldsmith was a prominent figure in the Jewish community in Portland, Oregon. She was a member of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, established in May 1875. Although a society for women, it was initially presided by men. That was until 1880, when Emma Goldsmith became the first female president.

 

Bernard Goldsmith was a Jewish immigrant from Weddenburg, Germany, arriving in New York City in 1848. Trained at his family's jewelry store in New York, Goldsmith took his entrepreneurial spirit and interest in jewelry out west during the Gold Rush in the 1850s. He created a jewelry company and opened general stores between California and Oregon, eventually settling in Portland in 1861.

 

Edgar Lazarus began practicing in the state of Oregon in 1890 as a residential architect. His earliest domestic work is recognized for bringing the Shingle Style to Portland. Lazarus later evolved into a civic architect, his work influenced by the Arts & Crafts, Richardsonian, and Jugendstil styles, and arguably his most famous commission was the Vista House on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

 

The National Register of Historic Places was established as part 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).

2019 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards open for nominations - 11/26/18

Nominations for the 2019 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Beth Dehn at Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 25, 2019.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

Last year’s recipients included:

-- The Agate, Jefferson County Historical Society's local history journal distributed through the Madras Pioneer Paper to keep "history alive" while the museum is closed.

--John Goodenberger, for extraordinary dedication to preserving the physical and cultural heritage of Astoria through consultation, work with non-profits, and the creation of the Historic Preservation program at Clatsop Community College.

--Museum at Warm Springs, for 25 years of extraordinary work preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and serving as a model for cultural institutions seeking to preserve and honor indigenous cultures.

--Oregon Women’s Veterans Sculpture, ‘the Lionesses’, a heritage memorial project in Springfield that honors women veterans and educates the community on the role of Oregon women in military combat, while providing a place for veterans to gather and reflect.

--"Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938-1942," a public exhibition at the Architectural Heritage Center that paired Minor White’s photographs of Portland buildings later lost to demolition with architectural artifacts to encourage public understanding of architectural preservation.

--Sharon Nesbit, for chronicling the history and events of greater East Multnomah County for over half a century, including advocating for the preservation of the Multnomah County Poor Farm, Edgefield.

--Stories of Southern Oregon, Southern Oregon University's project hosted at http://soda.sou.edu to document heritage agriculture in Jackson and Josephine counties and serves as a prototype for further documentation work.

--Taylor’s Drug & Fountain Building, an example of excellence in restoring a building to its historical roots with original materials and extreme care in downtown Independence.

--Lionel Youst, for enriching the Coos Bay community as an active and vital historian, author, researcher and heritage advocate whose work spans heritage preservation efforts.

--Valerie Vines Magee*, for being instrumental in safety measures and the beautification of the Nehalem American Legion Cemetery.

 *Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation

Awards will be presented on April 25, 2019 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Medford by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The announcement for 2019 awardees will be made in mid-March 2019. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for December 7 in Salem - 11/21/18

SALEM, Ore. - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Tillamook conference room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes discussions on: strategic plan development, potential for a new non-profit to take on the role of fiscal agent for the project and Oregon Solutions’ continuing role in providing administrative assistance.

The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor that follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks. The proposed route connects eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the Oregon Coast Range.

STIA 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 Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov. Individuals that need special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Dennis Wiley at least three days in advance.

South Falls at Silver Falls State Park
South Falls at Silver Falls State Park
Parking fee waived for Green Friday at Oregon State Parks (Photo) - 11/15/18

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites people to play for free Nov. 23 in celebration of “Green Friday.” The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 25 state parks the day after Thanksgiving.

"We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside and the response has been very positive," said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "We’re thrilled that many families now include a state park outing as part of their holiday tradition.”

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 25 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 23, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online.

Driving directions and more info about state parks is on oregonstateparks.org.

County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee meets November 19 in Salem - 11/15/18

SALEM, Ore. – The County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee will meet 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 510 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The bulk of the agenda will feature County Opportunity Grant Program (COGP) applicants presenting their proposed projects to the committee for review. Project presentations will run 9:40 a.m. – 2 p.m. For specific presentation times, refer to the full meeting agenda on the grant program website.

The committee will evaluate and score all applications and create a priority ranking list of projects to be funded. The priority ranking list will be forwarded to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for final review and approval.

The COGP Advisory Committee consists of seven members who represent counties, recreational vehicle owners, people with disabilities and the general public. They also represent various geographic areas of the state. 

The COGP provides grant assistance on a project basis for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and planning of county park and recreation sites that provide camping facilities. The program was established in 1983 to direct a portion of revenue from recreational vehicle registration fees to counties for park and recreation sites and programs. All Oregon counties are eligible to apply to the COGP. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). 

For more information about the COGP, visit oprdgrants.org.

Individuals who need special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Mark Cowan, OPRD grant program coordinator, 503-986-0591 or k.cowan@oregon.gov">mark.cowan@oregon.gov, at least three days in advance.