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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup - 09/18/17

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, including Rock Point Cemetery in Gold Hill and Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup - 09/18/17

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, including Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup - 09/18/17

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, including Miller Cemetery in Millersburg and Brookside Cemetery in Dayton, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup - 09/18/17

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, Philip Foster Cemetery in Eagle Creek, Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery, Fernwood Pioneer Cemetery in Newberg, Clackamas Cemetery, Baker Prairie Cemetery in Canby, Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City, St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in Scappoose, and Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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2018-2023 SHPO Preservation Plan Open for Public Comment - 09/12/17

As part of its mission, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in partnership with the community creates a statewide historic preservation plan every five years to identify what is special about Oregon and how best to preserve it for future generations. The plan addresses identifying and preserving historic places, educating the public about the State's history, and building support for the organizations that curate our cultural legacy.

A draft of the 2018-2023 Preservation Plan is now open for comment through October 12, 2017. This plan was created using information gained from a public survey, six public meetings across the state, and workshop sessions with various commissions and work groups including the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission, and the Intergovernmental Cultural Resource Council, a working group of federal and state agencies and tribal governments.

The public comment period will be open through October 12, 2017 and the public is encouraged to provide general comments in addition to focusing on the issue statements, goal statements, and objectives outlined in the plan.

The plan can be found at www.oregonheritage.org. For more information on the plan or to comment, contact Ian Johnson at Ian.Johnson@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0678. You can also mail comments to The State Historic Preservation Office, Attn: Ian Johnson, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 19-20 in Grant and Baker Counties - 09/05/17

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // September 5, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // desk:503-986-0722 // cell:503-931-2590 // chris.havel@oregon.gov

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 19-20 in Grant and Baker Counties

Salem, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fourth meeting of the year September 19-20, participating in a field tour and training on the first day, and conducting executive and business meetings the second day.

On September 19, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. in Baker City to begin a tour of parks and historic sites stretching from Sumpter to John Day, followed by a 1 p.m. training workshop at the Grant County Regional Airport, 720 Airport Rd, John Day, OR 97845.

On September 20, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Geiser Grand Hotel, 1996 Main St, Baker City, OR 97814, to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Approve $1 million in Lottery-funded outdoor recreation grants to Oregon communities.

>> Acquire 19 acres adjacent to Beaver Creek at Brian Booth State Park for $85,000, as a buffer between private land and natural areas of the park.

Other matters are listed on a draft agenda online at http://bit.ly/september2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available online by 5 p.m. Friday, September 8. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Denise Warburton at Denise.Warburton@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Warburton by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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

OPRD seeks volunteers to serve on advisory committee for county park grant program - 09/05/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that reviews grant applications for county park projects. OPRD is accepting nominations and applications to fill three positions on the seven-member County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee (also referred to as the County Parks Assistance Advisory Committee.) The volunteer positions to be filled are Citizen Representative, People with Disabilities / ADA Representative and Recreational Vehicle Owners Representative.

The main function of the Advisory Committee is to read, assess and score grant applications submitted to the County Opportunity Grant Program, and attend a one-day grant application presentation meeting typically held in Salem each November.

Applicants to the Committee should have some level of interest or involvement in county parks and recreational vehicle camping.

Specific expectations and responsibilities include:
1) Access to a computer and the internet;
2) Ability to access and navigate an online grant applications system;
3) Commitment to read, evaluate and score six-12, 10-page grant applications during October and November;
4) Availability to attend a one-day grant application presentation meeting typically held in Salem each November.

All travel, meals and lodging expenses associated with Advisory Committee meetings will be reimbursed by OPRD.

The County Opportunity Grant Program is funded by a portion of Recreational Vehicle registration fees and is administered by OPRD. The program provides around $800,000 annually to Oregon county-sponsored projects that involve recreational vehicle camping and related amenities.

Interested applicants should go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/County-Committee.aspx#County_Parks_Assistance_Advisory_Committee,
complete a Committee Interest Form and submit it to Mark Cowan at mark.cowan@oregon.gov. New Committee members will be appointed by the OPRD Director.

ATV Grant Subcommittee to meet in Oakridge Sept. 23 - 09/05/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) grant subcommittee will hold a business meeting from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the United State Forest Service Willamette N.F. Office, 46375 OR-58 in Westfir.

The subcommittee will introduce a new ATV Committee member, discuss committee membership and the ATV program's future, and provide updates on recently passed legislation including Senate Bill 344.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for off-highway vehicle recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money.

Tree removal scheduled this fall at Nehalem Bay Airstrip - 09/05/17

The airstrip at Nehalem Bay State Park will undergo major safety improvements this fall.

A two-phased project begins in October to remove underbrush along both sides of the 2350-foot airstrip and to clear out about 20 acres of non-native maritime pine trees at its north end. The trees, planted sometime in the mid-1970s, are now about 50-70 feet tall. They have become a significant safety hazard for pilots on takeoff and landing. The airstrip is one of 28 state-owned airstrips serving small communities for emergency access, recreation and general transportation.

The Oregon Department of Aviation, which oversees the operation and maintenance of state-owned airstrips such as the one at Nehalem Bay, is funding the project. ODA leases the property from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The project will be overseen by park staff, management and the OPRD forester, and will take about two months. Logs harvested will be cut for firewood sales in the campground. Work will resume in spring 2018 with manual removal of invasive Scotch broom in the same area.

Downtown Oregon City named a semi-finalist for 2018 Great American Main Street Award - 08/30/17

Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Great American Main Street Award. This award is given out by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Semi-finalists, selected by a national jury of community development professionals and representatives of government agencies involved in economic development and historic preservation, exemplify the power of the Main Street Approach(R) to transform traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts. The National Main Street Center is revealing Semi-Finalists throughout the week and announced Oregon City on Wednesday via social media. All the Semi-Finalists will be revealed by Friday afternoon at facebook.com/NationalMainStreetCenter. Three winners will be selected from the semi-finalists and those winners will be announced at the Main Street Now Conference in March in Kansas City, MO.

DOCA participates in the Oregon Main Street Network, a program housed in Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Oregon Main Street is a Main Street America(TM) Coordinating Program and works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community's unique assets, character, and heritage.

"The transformation of Downtown Oregon City over the past nine years has been absolutely remarkable," claimed Sheri Stuart, coordinator of the statewide Oregon Main Street program. "When DOCA joined the Main Street network, there were just a handful of participating Main Street programs in the state. Now, there are over 90. Many of our programs look to Oregon City as a model revitalization effort. We are thrilled DOCA has made it this far in the process."

Since 2009, nearly $42 million has been invested in the district's buildings, streetscapes, and infrastructure and 28 net new businesses have opened. DOCA's volunteers have invested more than 8,000 hours. "This is an honor shared by the Oregon City community, downtown businesses, property owners, and our partner organizations. It validates the sweat and tears of everyone that has given of their time and money to make Downtown Oregon City a place we can all be proud of," said DOCA Executive Director Jonathan Stone.

Oregon City will also be hosting the Oregon Main Street Conference in October. The conference kicks off on Wednesday, October 4, with a keynote and awards banquet that celebrates the revitalization achievements of Main Street organizations across the state. The event also commemorates Oregon Main Street's 10th Anniversary. More information about the conference can be found at omsconference.ticketleap.com.

To learn more about 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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Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program receives $5 million in funding - 08/28/17

The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program received $5 million included in a lottery bond bill (SB 5530) during the 2017 legislative session. These funds will be available to Oregon Main Street Network organizations in the spring of 2019 to fund building projects that encourage economic revitalization.

This grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The 2015 legislation established a permanent fund for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and provided an initial infusion of funds from the sale of lottery bonds.

In the first round of applications last spring, 27 matching grants worth $2,355,700 were awarded to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state. Awards ranged from $17,500-$100,000 for projects from fa├žade improvement to elevator access and seismic upgrades.

Previously funded projects include:
* Klamath Falls Downtown Association received $100,000 to install elevators in two downtown buildings. The project will address the goal of downtown housing and make available 20 units.
* Astoria Downtown Historic District Association received $100,000 for a downtown housing project that comprises 40 units and retail space.
* A $100,000 project in Burns will restore a historic hotel left vacant for decades.
* A $100,000 project in Independence will rehabilitate an underused building to be a local brewery.
* Several communities were selected for work to repair or restore their historic theaters: The OK Theatre in Enterprise $100,000, the Rivoli Theater in Pendleton $100,000, the Bungalow Theater in Woodburn $100,000, and the Hill Theatre, now a retail store, in Hillsboro $100,000.

The next round of the Main Street Revitalization Grant will be open in the spring of 2019. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings to facilitate community revitalization. The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the initial bill.

To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant or 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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OPRD announces short-term closure of Ecola State Park Sept. 11-12 - 08/28/17

Cannon Beach OR -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will close Ecola State Park the afternoon of Sept.11 through Sept. 12 to accommodate work on Ecola Park Road.

Oregon Department of Transportation District 1 crews will install a culvert near the Cannon Beach city limits on Sept. 12. The project will temporarily close Ecola Park Road in both directions for several hours on Sept. 12. ODOT will be able to accommodate emergency vehicle access, but local and park traffic will be restricted.

"The work is necessary to improve drainage and repair a failing section of the roadway," said ODOT District 1 Manager Mark Buffington. "We will need to close the road completely for about four hours; hopefully less."

Ecola State Park will reopen upon completion of the repair work, barring unforeseen circumstances.

OPRD will hold public meeting Sept. 19 in Prineville for proposed Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway - 08/23/17

Prineville OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Room 1868, 152 NW 4th Street in Prineville.

The 37-mile Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway takes visitors from the community of Prineville, across the farm and ranch fields of the Crooked River Valley, then through the deeply carved and dramatic Crooked River Canyon. Riders pass by pastures of grazing cows and llama, then under dramatic basalt cliffs and pillars, while following the route of the Wild and Scenic Crooked River. Riders travel out and back, cycling in one direction and then returning the same way.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program, information on the proposed Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway and then questions from attendees.

Public comments on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting and written comments will be accepted before and after the meeting until the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Those comments will be presented to the commission before the vote.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. The program includes 16 designated bikeways listed at http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_scenicBikeways.

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

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on overnight camping rate proposed change - 08/23/17

Aug. 24 Note: changed date new rates would be effective on new reservations to Oct. 1, 2017

Salem OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is proposing amendments to agency rules related to overnight camping rates for state parks. A $2 per site increase in the base rate for overnight rental fees on select types of campsites was approved by the Oregon Legislature as part of the 2017-19 OPRD budget. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is extended to Sept. 15, 2017.

The proposed rule will increase the base rate for yurts, cabins, full hook up, partial hook up, hiker-biker, equestrian and group sites. Tent site rates will not increase, which maintains a lower cost option for park visitors. The proposed rule is aligned with the views expressed in park surveys that show visitors prefer smaller rate increases on a more frequent basis than a large fee increase in the future. Day-use parking pass prices will not increase.

The full text of the amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-015-0020 and 736-015-0040 is available online at http://bit.ly/OregonStateParkRulemaking. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on September 15, 2017, and can be made: online at http://bit.ly/OregonStateParkRulemaking ; in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov. After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its September 20 business meeting. If approved by the Commission, new rates would be effective on new reservations made after Oct. 1, 2017.