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Salmonberry Trail meeting set Feb. 3, 2017 in Salem - 01/17/17

Salem OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Salem to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tillamook Conference Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The agenda includes discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, coastal segment planning and a preliminary discussion regarding rail salvage.

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 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 Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

ATV Grant Subcommittee meets in Salem Feb. 7-9 - 01/17/17

SALEM OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) grants subcommittee will meet 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. on Feb. 7-9, 2017 at the North Mall Office Building, Room 124, at 725 Summer Street NE, Salem. The building entrance is located on Winter Street. N.E.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money.
The grant subcommittee will review grant requests for ATV operation and maintenance, law enforcement and acquisition-related projects. The subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

More information about the state ATV program is available at
www.OregonOHV.org

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to conduct public meeting for proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin - 01/17/17

Maupin OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m Feb. 8 at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd., Maupin.

The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels on existing roads through a high desert landscape carved with rivers. The bikeway passes through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from attendees.

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 State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, the program includes 15 designated bikeways, listed at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx.

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
or to Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., ATTN: Alexandra Phillips, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.

2017 Historic Cemetery Award Nominations Announced - 01/13/17

Nominations for the 2017 Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation, part of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program, are now being accepted.

This new category in the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognizes an individual, business, or organization for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon historic cemeteries, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of historic cemetery activities.

Nominations are encouraged for all efforts that lead to the preservation of a historic cemetery or contribute to the preservation of historic cemeteries statewide. Examples may include the establishment of a preservation program, the reclaiming and care of an abandoned cemetery, training others in monument repair, documentation, public education, tools that enhance cemetery preservation, etc.

"The new award is named for Sally Donovan, who developed historic cemetery planning and provided training in monument documentation and repair," said Kuri Gill, Oregon Historic Cemeteries program coordinator. "She brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in this state and personally influenced monument repair in dozens of cemeteries."

Announcement of awardees will be made in early April 2017. Awards will be presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.

Applications can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is February10, 2017.

Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet in Coos Bay Jan. 27, 2017 - 01/12/17

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Coos History Museum, 1210 N. Front Street, Coos Bay. The council invites public comments.

The agenda includes presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives in the area. The council will review the draft mission and vision set forth by Oregon State Statue and OPRD staff; receive an update from the state's Recreation Trails Program Coordinator; and hear presentations from various regional trail groups.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact David Stipe, Integrated Park Services Manager, at 503-986-0740 or david.stipe@oregon.gov.

Grants available for Oregon museum projects - 01/11/17

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

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

"This program is a nice opportunity for museums to complete important projects," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Todd Mayberry.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. "Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," says Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator. "A recent applicant and awardee noted she had never received more assistance, both before the with application and after with the award. That is the experience we hope to provide for all applicants."

There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain online grant system.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Grants available for main street building projects - 01/11/17

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for up to $100,000 in matching funds for downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant funds may be used to acquire, rehabilitate, and construct buildings on properties in designated downtown areas statewide.

Funded projects must facilitate community revitalization that will lead to private investment, job creation or retention, establishing or expanding viable businesses, or creating a stronger tax base. Projects may include fa├žade improvement, accessibility enhancement, basic utilities, second floor renovations and more. Only organizations participating in the Oregon Main Street Network are eligible to apply. Projects must be within approved Main Street areas. Eligible organizations may collaborate with the local governments and private property owners to apply for projects that will have the biggest benefit to the downtown.

"We are excited to see the impact this grant program will have in communities working hard to keep their downtowns a strong asset in their communities," notes Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Network Coordinator.

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects and review applications. A free workshop specific to the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant will be January 31 in Cottage Grove. Additional grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be offered. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain the online grant system. To learn more about the grant, workshops, and the Oregon Main Street Network visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at Sheri.Stuart@oregon.gov or 503-986-0679.



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Grants available for historic cemetery projects - 01/11/17

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

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

A previous grant applicant, Patricia McCracken with Winchester Elementary School, said cemeteries program staff were supportive when she was submitting her grant report. "We were new to filling out grants; staff was extremely helpful when we called," she said.

There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain the online grant system.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects - 01/11/17

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. It can also fund significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national).

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects, review applications and assist with the online grant system. There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain online grant system. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Heritage Commission to meet January 22-23 in Woodburn - 01/10/17

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Woodburn January 22-23.

On January 22, Commissioners will gather at 12:30 p.m. to tour heritage efforts including the Jesse H. Settlemier House, Woodburn Masonic Lodge restoration project, and Woodburn Historical Museum and Bungalow Theater.

On January 23, a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the CAPACES Leadership Institute located at 356 Young Street. Its agenda includes review and discussion of Oregon Heritage Tradition and Oregon Heritage All-Star Communities applications, Oregon Heritage grant programs, 2017-2022 Oregon Historic Preservation Plan, and the Connecting to Collections project.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov.

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Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 01/10/17

The Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building (Building 200) was constructed in 1942 to house hospital administration uses associated with the development of US Army Camp George A. White in White City, Jackson County, in southern Oregon. White City is an unincorporated community developed on the site of this former US Army training cantonment in the years following the Camp's decommissioning at the end of World War II. The building was converted to the administration building for the Camp White Domiciliary in 1949. Today it still serves an administrative function associated with the 145-acre Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) campus. The two-story, brick-clad, Colonial Revival building was designed by noted California architect Myron Hunt based on Army Corps of Engineers plans dated November 1941.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their June 2016 meeting. It is the only individually listed property in the National Register in White City, but is one of 154 individually listed historic properties in Jackson County. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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

OPRD seeks to fill four open ATV Advisory Committee positions - 01/06/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers for four vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee (ATV-AC).

The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee in 2010, outlined in SB578. Current vacancies include:

-ADA representative
-Rural Fire Protection District Representative
-Emergency Medical Services Provider Representative
-Oregon Vehicle Dealer Association Representative

The ATV Advisory Committee meets two to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications.

The ADA representative will also serve on the ATV Grant Subcommittee, which meets about twice per year to recommend grant application funding for ATV related projects.

The interest form and application are available on-line at www.oregonohv.org under the ATV Committees section, or by contacting the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

For more information, contact Jeff Trejo at jeff.trejo@oregon.gov or 503-986-0585.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 27, 2017.

Meeting set Jan. 23 to identify waterways for State Scenic Waterway candidate study - 01/05/17

Salem OR--The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to help prioritize river segments for an ongoing study of candidates for the State Scenic Waterway program. A public meeting will be held on Jan. 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon in the North Mall Office Building, Room 124, at 725 Summer St. NE, Salem.

Oregon law requires OPRD to periodically study rivers for inclusion in the State Scenic Waterway Program. OPRD staff developed a potential scenic waterway candidate list during the Oregon State Trails public plan approved in 2016. Staff then further refined the list to include only rivers that met the criteria outlined in Oregon State Statute (ORS 390.855):

* The river must be relatively free-flowing.
* The view from the waterway must be pleasant.
* The river must have outstanding recreational value.
* The waterway must be able to sustain substantial recreation.

The department is also taking feedback on proposed river candidates until Jan. 23 through an online survey: http://svy.mk/2ieQ7NM. The survey allows participants to sort review segments and suggest qualified candidates not already on the list, though write-in candidates won't be considered after Jan. 16.

OPRD staff will use all the feedback to select river segments to study in 2017-2018. The study process will include several public meetings and other opportunities to provide feedback. If a river segment is found to be eligible and suitable for designation, staff will develop a recommendation and plan that will go before the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Oregon Water Resources Commission, who could ultimately send a recommendation to the governor.

The State Scenic Waterways Program protects a lake or river's natural resources, scenic values, and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights, but designation does require landowners to notify OPRD of certain activities along the waterway. Oregonians voted to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program in 1970. The program currently protects approximately 1,200 river miles on 21 rivers and one lake. Governor Kate Brown designated portions of the Chetco River in Curry County and Molalla River in Clackamas County in 2016.


Scenic Waterways criteria and other information about the program can be found online at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information about the meeting or the designation process, call Alexandra Phillips at 503-986-0631 or send an email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov.

Applications open for Oregon Main Street downtown revitalization assistance - 01/03/17

Oregon Main Street is accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance at its Performing Main Street(R) and Transforming Downtown designation levels. Organizations at these levels receive access to the highest level of services and support available through the Oregon Main Street "Tier System Network." The network also includes Exploring Downtown and Affiliate levels of participation.

Successful applicants receive assistance to help revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business district. Services vary from community to community, but generally include work plan and committee development along with specialized training and networking opportunities.

Visit www.oregonheritage.org and click on the main street page for more information on the Tier System, including eligibility and designation criteria for all levels of assistance. Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown applications are available by email at sheri.stuart@oregon.gov or by calling 503.986.0679. Completed applications must be received by March 3, 2017.

Oregon Main Street is modeled on the National Main Street Center's Main Street Approach(R), which has been used in more than 2,000 cities nationwide. It emphasizes four critical areas of downtown revitalization: organization helps everyone work toward the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district's appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district's economic base.

Performing Main Street(R) level communities include Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, La Grande, McMinnville, Oregon City, Roseburg, The Dalles, and the Alberta district in Portland. Current Transforming Downtown level communities include Bandon, Beaverton, Canby, Carlton, Coos Bay, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Estacada, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, Lebanon, Milton-Freewater, Newberg, Pendleton, Port Orford, Sherwood, and Tillamook.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Local governments can apply for grants for parks and recreation projects - 12/30/16

Salem OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2017 Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects.

Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development.

To help applicants navigate the process, OPRD will host a webinar workshop Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and a live workshop in Salem Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration for workshops is required. To register and receive workshop notification, send contact information to Mark Cowan at mark.cowan@oregon.gov.

The Local Government Grant Program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money.

The LGGP awards more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999.
Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at oprdgrants.org.

OPRD invites the public to participate in planning the future of Smith Rock State Park - 12/30/16

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to participate in developing a master plan for Smith Rock State Park. The master plan, an update to the 1991 plan, will guide future development, recreational use and resource management at the park for the next decade. Creating the master plan will take about a year, beginning with two public meetings in January.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 -- Redmond
1-4 p.m. Advisory Committee Meeting
6-8 p.m. Public Meeting
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center
East Lake Room, Middle Sister Conference Hall
3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 -- Portland
6:00-8:00 p.m. Public Meeting
REI Portland, Community Room
1405 NW Johnson Portland, OR 97209 (Parking is available in the REI Parking Garage.)

At these meetings, OPRD will explain how the planning process works and listen to local residents and park stakeholders about their priorities for the park. OPRD will schedule two additional rounds of public meetings, tentatively scheduled for summer 2017 to review alternatives and in winter 2017/2018 to present the draft master plan. A 30-day comment period will follow each meeting.

Concurrently, OPRD will meet with an advisory stakeholder committee made up of representatives of key interest groups and agencies. Advisory committee meetings are open to the public; however, only comments from committee members will be taken.

Those who are unable to attend any of the public meetings may submit comments by calling Ben Hedstrom at 503-986-0745; sending email to Ben.Hedstrom,@oregon.gov or writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Comments can also be made at www.smithrockparkplan.com. Check the website for additional information, updates on the meeting schedule, and to view planning presentations and materials.

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Vale IOOF Hall listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 12/28/16

The Vale IOOF Hall was constructed in 1908 and served as a center for community activities in the town of Vale for several decades. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #100 was founded in 1885 in Glennville, Oregon, and moved (including its meeting hall) to Vale in 1887 when that city became the seat of the newly-formed Malheur County. Like many IOOF organizations across the state, the Vale Lodge served the cultural and social needs of the small town of Vale, playing a significant role in the civic and social development of the town. In addition to fulfilling the IOOF's mission to "Visit the Sick, Relieve the Distressed, Bury the Dead, and Educate the Orphan," it also served as a dance hall and meeting space for most fraternal organizations in the community, as well as the location of several Vale businesses in its two storefronts on the ground floor. Designed by regionally prolific architect Herbert W. Bond, the two-story, brick and stone building stands prominently at the primary intersection in town, directly across the street from the Drexel Hotel, also designed by Bond, built almost simultaneously with the IOOF Hall, and also listed in the National Register.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their February 2016 meeting. The Vale IOOF Hall becomes the fifth building in Vale to be listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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

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Silver Falls State Park trails reopen Dec. 21 (Photo) - 12/21/16

The trails are now open at Silver Falls State Park. They were closed earlier this week because of ice and falling icicles.

"The weather the last few days has been warmer and wetter, which has improved most trail conditions," said Park Manager Dennis Lucas. "Some ice does remain on trails, sidewalks and parking lots and may cause slick spots, so visitors should use caution."

He added that hikers might consider wearing snow and ice cleats or carrying walking sticks to help their walk through icy areas. Park staff is available to answer questions about conditions. Call the park at 503-873-8681 ext. 23 or check the park web page at http://bit.ly/silverfalls for more information, but trails can close without warning due to ice or storm damage.