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Jackson County Parks to manage Joseph H. Stewart park beginning April 1, 2021 - 02/24/21

Updated information: In addition to Joseph H. Stewart park, Jackson County will also operate and maintain Prospect Wayside, Casey Recreation Area, and Tubb Springs Wayside.

Medford, OR—The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Parks have agreed that the management of Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area will be transferred to Jackson County Parks April 1, 2021. The county will manage the day-use area, campground and Lost Lake Reservoir marina operations for the next two years, with an option to renew the agreement for an additional three years.

Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area joins 21 other developed parks currently managed by Jackson County, including more than 900 campsites. Joseph Stewart park is located on Oregon Highway 62 near Prospect and is approximately 35 miles northeast of Medford and 30 miles southwest of Crater Lake National Park. Jackson County will also operate  Prospect Wayside, Casey Recreation Area, and Tubb Springs Wayside. State park staff will focus their energy to provide service at Valley of the Rogue State Park, TouVelle State Recreation Site, and other state parks in the area.

“The Jackson County Parks team is excited for this new opportunity to connect with our guests at a new location and serve the needs of new park users,” says Steve Lambert, Jackson County Parks program manager. “We expect Joseph Stewart park to be extremely busy this season and we will be ready to provide a high-quality experience.”

In addition to day-use, the campground has 151 sites with electricity and water and 50 tent sites with water only, as well as two group camping areas. A boat ramp and moorage are available to day-use and overnight visitors. Jackson County expects to begin accepting camping, boat slips and boat rental reservations on March 15. More information about the park, including reservation availability, is available at www.jacksoncountyparks.com, or call (541) 774-8183.

“We welcome this new partnership with the county, especially since we know they are as passionate about helping people enjoy the outdoors as we are,” says J.R. Collier, OPRD region manager. “We’ll be working together to see if this improves efficiency and improves service to park visitors.”

Camping at Cape Blanco State Park reopens March 2; Book reservations starting March 1 - 02/23/21

PORT ORFORD, Ore. — The campground at Cape Blanco State Park will reopen March 2 after being closed for nearly a year due to COVID-19, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces. Visitors will be able to reserve sites up to six months in advance starting at 6 a.m. March 1 for all stays March 2 and after.

Cape Blanco has long been a first-come, first-serve campground, meaning sites could not be reserved, due to lack of high-speed connectivity. This created inefficiencies and inconsistencies to the process of administering campground stays, said Coastal Region Manager Dennis Comfort.

“Adding the park to the reservation system has been a long-term goal for OPRD,” Comfort said.  “It brings consistency to agency processes and to the visitor experience. Now anyone can enjoy this beautiful campground, with the peace of mind that you’ll arrive and a campsite will be available.”

Two additional first-come, first-served coastal campgrounds that have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic — Alfred A. Loeb State Park in Brookings and Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park in Florence — will reopen and be on the reservation system later this spring.

Cape Blanco reservations can be made from one day to six months in advance starting at 6 a.m. March 1 through OPRD’s partner site, oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 800-452-5687. Group sites will remain closed to reduce exposure in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown’s Coronavirus guidance.

Located at the state’s westernmost tip overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Cape Blanco has 52 spacious, private campsites with electrical and water hookups, as well as four rustic cabins and eight horse sites with corrals. The park includes hiking trails, horse trails, an open riding area and the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, which is closed to tours due to COVID-19. More information about the park is on the Oregon State Parks official website at stateparks.oregon.gov.

To learn more about safe recreation in parks during the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 FAQ page

ATV Advisory Committee and Grant Subcommittee meet February 23-25 via conference call - 02/11/21

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Committee will meet Feb. 23 and the Grant Subcommittee will meet Feb. 23-25. These meetings are scheduled on Zoom and are open to the public.

ATV Advisory Committee

The advisory committee meets 10-11 a.m. Feb. 23 to review Senate Bills 106 and 107 regarding Class IV ATVs.

ATV Grant Subcommittee

The grant subcommittee will review grant requests for projects related to ATV law enforcement, operations and maintenance. On Feb. 23, the subcommittee meets at 8 a.m. with grant presentations scheduled 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Grant presentations continue 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 25, the subcommittee meets 8 a.m. – noon. Members will hear final presentations from 8 – 9:30 a.m., then finalize scores and make recommendations for funding. Recommendations will go to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for approval.

Anyone may listen to the meetings; instructions on how to attend will be posted on the ATV Grant Program web page, along with the full agenda.  Accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by contacting Ian Caldwell at ian.caldwell@oregon.gov or 541-410-5512.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money.  More information about the state ATV program is available at www.OregonOHV.org.

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meets February 19 via conference call - 02/09/21

SALEM, Ore. – The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will meet February 19 via conference call to consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. This meeting is open to the public.

 

The SACHP meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. to consider nominations to the National Register. The weblink for the call is posted on our website at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/OH/Pages/Commissions.aspx#SACHP

 

Friday’s meeting agenda: hearings of three proposed nominations.

 

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

 

The committee will review three proposed nominations: Harry and Eleanor Holmes House, Medford; Mill City Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge, Mill City; South Park Blocks, Portland.

 

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

 

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

 

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

 

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

 

More information about the National Register of Historic Places process is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).

Attached Media Files: Agenda , Press Release
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meets Feb. 24-25 via conference call - 02/09/21

SALEM, Ore — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene its first meeting of the year Feb. 24-25 via conference call.

On Feb. 24, commissioners will attend a virtual work training session from 9-10:30 a.m.

The following day, commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be open to the public.

Anyone may listen to the business meeting; instructions on how to attend will be posted on the commission web page prior to the meeting. The agenda also includes a time for public comment. To register, visit http://bit.ly/registerfebcommission. Time per speaker is limited to three minutes.

Notable requests on the business meeting agenda:

Amend rules governing reservations

The agency is asking the commission to adopt changes to reservation rules (OAR 736-015-0015) that would allow it to provide a flexible reservation windows up to 18 months. The option to reserve a year or more in advance would be available only for special events, special facilities or groups. The amendment would also allow the agency to charge a transaction fee within a range of $0-15, a change from the existing $8 fee.

Approve grants for community recreation projects

An agency committee is recommending 25 applications receive $4.9 million in grant funding for projects that qualify for the Local Government Grant Program.

An agency committee is also recommending four applicants receive $113,000 in grant funding for projects that qualify for the Veterans and War Memorials Grant Program, which provides funding assistance to local governments for constructing and restoring veterans and war memorials.

Award a contract for a building renovation project at Silver Falls

Silver Falls State Park is in the process of remodeling an existing building at the north park entrance to serve as a welcome center and house administration offices. The park seeks commission approval to go to bid for phase two of construction.

Approve a modified version of a Vietnam War Memorial proposed by a nonprofit at the State Capitol

The Vietnam War Memorial Fund is requesting permission to build a privately-funded memorial to the Vietnam War and other military topics in the southwest corner of the State Capitol State Park, and staff are recommending the Commission approve most, but not all, of the request.

The full draft agenda and meeting packet are on OPRD’s commission webpage.

Anyone needing special accommodations to join the meeting should contact Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at least three days in advance: denise.warburton@oregon.gov or 503-986-0719. People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to email a copy of their statement to Warburton in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Information is on the OPRD Commission webpage at oregon.gov/oprd.  

Public invited to comment on federal preservation grant award in Albany - 02/04/21

The City of Albany received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project.

728 6th Ave
Restore and repair windows.

This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit the federal grant public comment section of our website or contact Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

Public invited to comment on federal preservation grant award in Coos Bay - 02/03/21

SALEM, Oregon –

The City of Coos Bay received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project.

275 N Broadway - Tioga
Sign repair.

This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit the federal grant public comment section of our website or contact Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

 

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Oregon State Historic Preservation Office awarded grant to document and designate historic places related to African American history in Oregon - 02/01/21

SALEM, Oregon – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has been awarded a grant to document and designate properties in Oregon related to African American history. The $30,000 federal award is through the Underrepresented Communities Grant program, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

The project will document historic places throughout the state related to African American history and create a document and nomination for the National Register of Historic Places. This document will be used as a recourse for people preserving and sharing this important history and making it is easier to nominate additional properties to the National Register in the future.

SHPO applied for the grant in recognition that African American history is present throughout the state, but it is not well documented or recognized. “Encouraging the representation of Oregon’s diverse history within the National Register program is a major goal of the Oregon Preservation Plan,” notes Christine Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. “This grant will move us forward in that effort and we are excited to see the results.” A similar project by the City of Portland and many partners has garnered new information and several listings for the city. This project will expand the reach outside of Portland.

This project is a continuation of SHPO’s work over the last several years in collaboration with Oregon Black Pioneers to document these places. This effort aligns with the Oregon Historic Preservation Plan goal to increase the thematic diversity of Oregon properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also supports the goals to include more voices and increase access to Oregon heritage that are part of the Oregon Heritage Plan

 

SHPO will hire a consultant to complete the project which is also funded in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust. People who have information to share about African American history in their communities, are encouraged to submit it though an online tool.

Contact i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri Gill, 503-986-6085, for additional information about the grant and the project.

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Grants available for historic cemetery projects - 02/01/21

SALEM, Oregon –

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

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

“Our goal is to preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries and offer support throughout the application process,” said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill. Past awards include projects in in Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Josephine, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Sherman, Union, and Yamhill Counties.

The online grant application is simple to use and includes plenty of support.  A free, online workshop specific to this grant and how to use the online grant application system will be offered March 4, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is required. Recorded trainings and tips are also online.

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

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects - 02/01/21

RESENDING WITH GRANT WORKSHOP DATE INCLUDED

SALEM, Oregon –

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

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

  • Odd Fellows Building in Astoria
  • Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point
  • Grand Ronde Depot Building
  • Fort Stevens Guard House
  • Carnegie Library in Gresham
  • SP&S Locomotive in Portland
  • Brunk House in Polk County
  • Watts House in Scappoose
  • Triangle Lake Round Barn in Lane County
  • Long Branch Building in Weston

Preserving Oregon Grants can also fund archaeology projects for significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and/or interpreting archaeological sites. Past projects include the analysis of the Britt Gardens archaeological investigations by Southern Oregon University and study of sites in Lincoln County.

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

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

  • March 3, 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Diamonds in the Rough building façade projects.
  • March 5, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for Preserving Oregon Grants archaeology projects.
  • March 5, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Preserving Oregon Grants historic property projects.
     

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

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Grants available for Oregon museum projects - 01/29/21

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

Museums may apply for a variety of projects. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness, and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops, and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside of the museum, but still meet the museum’s mission. It is possible to enfold response to COVID-19 challenges into appropriate projects.

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

  • Interpretation and tourism projects at the Bush House Museum (Salem), Gilliam County Historical Society, High Desert Museum, and Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland Chinatown History Foundation;
  • Collections projects by Aurora Colony Historical Society, Gresham Historical Society, Lane County Historical Society, Independence Heritage Museum, Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society, Polk County Historical Society and Museum, Shelton McMurphy Johnson House (Eugene), Southern Oregon Historical Society, Willamette University; and
  • Tourism projects by Baker Heritage Museum and Wallowa History Center. 

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

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission’s mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. The commission supports Oregon Heritage Plan goals that include: including more voices of Oregon’s history, access to Oregon’s historic resources, attaining best practices and promoting the value of heritage.

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

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