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Grant committee meets Dec. 2 to review grant applications for recreation projects - 11/29/22

Salem, Oregon— The County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee will hold a virtual public meeting to review grant applications 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 2. 

Applicants to the County Opportunity Grant Program (COGP) will present their proposed projects for acquiring, planning, developing and rehabilitating county-run camping facilities. The committee will evaluate and score all applications and create a priority ranking list of projects to be funded. The list will be forwarded to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for final review and approval. 

Applicants can see a list of projects with their specific presentation times for the meeting on the County Opportunity Grant Program web page (under schedule) at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/pages/GRA-cogp.aspx. A link to view the Zoom meeting is also be posted at the site: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82086890832

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 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. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). 

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

Lodge at Silver Falls decorated for the holidays
Lodge at Silver Falls decorated for the holidays
Winter Festival brings crafts, treats and guided hikes to Silver Falls State Park (Photo) - 11/29/22

Silverton, Oregon— Enjoy seasonal crafts, guided hikes and nature education at the Silver Falls State Park Winter Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. 

Discover the changes that winter brings to the park through educational activities and seasonal crafts. Visitors can take guided walks, learn about waterfalls in winter and animal tracks, build bird nesting boxes and bird feeders, create wreaths and decorate gingerbread cookies. Those who take part in four or more activities, earn a commemorative Silver Falls ornament. 

Most of the activities will be hosted at the South Falls day-use area except for the gingerbread cookie decorating, which will be at Smith Creek Village (same exit as the campground). 

All activities are free, but a $5 day-use parking permit is required. Annual state park parking permits, normally $30, are on sale for $25 in the month of December and are available at the park. 

In addition to the free daytime activities, Smith Creek Village will host a holiday-themed dinner each evening. Reservations are required and more information can be found at smithcreekvillage.com/guest-experiences.

For more information about the winter festival, visit the events calendar at stateparks.oregon.gov or call 503-874-0201. 

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Oregon State Parks Annual parking permit
Oregon State Parks Annual parking permit
Oregon State Parks offers $5 off annual parking permit purchases in December (Photo) - 11/28/22

SALEM, Oregon— Give the gift of the outdoors and save this season with the Oregon State Parks 12-month parking permit sale through December.

The permit hangtag once again features whimsical designs from Portland artist El Tran. Holiday shoppers can buy the annual parking permits for only $25, which is a $5 savings starting Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 31. The pass is good for 12 months starting in the month of purchase.

Purchasing passes is easy. Buy them online at the Oregon State Parks store. Parking permits are also sold at some state park friends' group stores and select local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit stateparks.oregon.gov.

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 and is also available at store.oregonstateparks.org. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

Public invited to comment on a federal grant award in Baker City - 11/23/22

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

City of Baker City, Baker County

 

Lynndale Building, 2028 Main Street

$2,500

Repair and Retire original public entryways to 2nd floor room/office.

 

Baker City Hall, 1655 1st Street

$8,463

Repointing interior side of masonry foundation in basement.

 

Wisdom House, 2035 2nd Street

$1,750

Repointing exterior of masonry foundation.

 

Baker Tower, 1705 Main Street

$3,000

Repair 173 wood window sills.

 

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 Kuri.Gill@oprd.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: Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov.

 

State Parks hosting open house Dec. 5 on possible jet boat concession at TouVelle State Recreation Site - 11/22/22

Central Point, Oregon – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Jackson County Parks office auditorium, 7520 Table Rock Road, Central Point, OR 97502. The purpose of the meeting is to hear feedback from park visitors and neighbors about the possibility of allowing a jet boat river tour business to land and depart from the park. While any jet boat can operate on the river, they need state park permission to conduct business from TouVelle.

The park (https://bit.ly/touvelle) is a 59-acre site on the Rogue River north of Central Point that serves a wide range of people interested in outdoor recreation. Jet boats are currently allowed on the river, and a local business, Rogue Jet Boat Adventures, landed and departed from the park under a short-term pilot project from 2019-2022. During the pilot project, state park staff heard both compliments and concerns about the effect of the project on park visitors and neighbors along the river.

“Before deciding whether and how we establish a longer-term service, we need to hear from people who use TouVelle or live nearby about how they’d like to see us manage this,” says Nathan Seable, Valley of the Rogue Park Manager. While jet boats are allowed on the river both in and outside the park — river rules are set by the Oregon State Marine Board and enforced by the county — an agreement with an operator would allow OPRD to set limits for at least one operator, Seable added.

Pre-registration is not necessary for the open house. A survey to collect feedback is also online at https://bit.ly/touvellesurvey

 

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State historic cemeteries commission seeks volunteer representatives from the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon - 11/21/22

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) is seeking two new members, one for the position representing Southern Oregon and one representing the Willamette Valley. 

The Commission is seeking a member with knowledge related to, or interest in:

  • cemeteries;
  • historic preservation;
  • genealogy;
  • cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon;
  • landscape and native plants; and
  • history.

In particular the commission is seeking at least one person who works with a cemetery actively doing burials. 

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens. It is empowered by the Legislature to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries in Oregon, make recommendations for funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide. The commission has developed many online resources, offers workshops, and promotes the value of historic cemeteries through storytelling.

The group meets four times per year in different locations around the state and online. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs, and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions or work on other projects outside of meeting time. Travel costs are reimbursed. 

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. Please submit your information before January 9, 2023. 

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org.

Public invited to comment on a federal grant award in Coos Bay - 11/17/22

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

Coos Bay, Coos County 

Marshfield Cemetery, Coos Bay

$15,000 grant funds

Repair and level approximately 102 grave markers at the Marshfield Cemetery.

 

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 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: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

North Falls at Silver Falls State Park
North Falls at Silver Falls State Park
Free parking at Oregon State Parks the day after Thanksgiving (Photo) - 11/16/22

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites Oregonians to head outside the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

Popularly known as “Green Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving has become a tradition in recent years. Oregon state parks will once again waive day-use parking fees in the 24 parks that are open and charge for parking on that day.

“We’re proud to promote this tradition and offer Oregonians an alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year,” said Lisa Sumption, director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the parks that charge $5 daily for parking. Fee parks include popular destinations such as Fort Stevens, Cape Lookout, Silver Falls, Champoeg, L.L. Stub Stewart, Smith Rock and Milo McIver. A complete list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online at stateparks.oregon.gov (Fall Creek is listed, but closed for the season).

The fee waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 4 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. 

Use #OptOutside and #OregonStateParks on social media to share your adventures. 

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Oregon's heritage organizations and tradition events impact state economy - 11/16/22

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Heritage Commission released the Economic Impacts and Value of Oregon’s Heritage Organizations and Events report that speaks to the impact that heritage organizations and Heritage Tradition events have on Oregon’s economy. 

This report evaluated economic activity in heritage collecting organizations (“heritage organizations” e.g., libraries, museums, historical sites) and tradition events (“heritage traditions” are designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission and are events that have been happening 50 years or longer and meet certain criteria). The information in this report was evaluated using 2019 data due to anomalies in 2020 from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Key takeaways of the report include:

  • Heritage Organizations support Economic Activity throughout Oregon
    • Heritage organizations supported $196.3 million in total economic activity through labor income and business support through purchases of local goods and services and employee spending. 
  • Heritage activities support tourism
    • Heritage organizations and Heritage Tradition Events drew 3 million visitors during the year. All nine regions drew at least 50,000 visitors (to organizations and events), and six drew more than 175,000 each.
  • Heritage tourism is an important contributor for local economic development
    • Heritage tourism supported a total of 1,325 jobs and $55 million in labor income resulting in $147 million in total economic activity in Oregon.
  • Heritage activities are valuable community assets
    • Heritage organizations and events have social and cultural capital that make them invaluable to their communities.

“The report demonstrates significant economic impact statewide. Those that work in heritage preservation or partner with heritage organizations and events know and feel the intrinsic value these activities have to our communities and to our state,” says Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Katie Henry. “This report documents the economic impact they have and provides another tool to demonstrate their value.” 

The communication tool that accompanies the report offers templates and methods for heritage organizations to incorporate data about their economic impact into their impact stories. These stories help them talk to state and local decision makers, partners, members, and other stakeholder groups about the importance of their work. 

This report and communications guide is the latest addition to the Sharing the Value of Heritage Toolkit, an ongoing effort of the Oregon Heritage Commission to compile data, resources, and guidance to help heritage groups recognize and communicate the value of their work. This tool joins the Value of Heritage Message Platform, Cultural Value of Heritage messaging tool, Cultural Value of Heritage through Volunteers study and messaging, and the Value of Heritage in Disaster Resilience Messaging Guide. 

This Economic Impacts and Value of Oregon's Heritage Organizations and Events Report is one of three reports released by Oregon Heritage in the last two months. The other two include the Impact of Oregon’s Main Street Report which shares the story of how the Oregon Main Street Network strengthens community networks, bolsters the economy, generates state and local tax revenue, and fosters social connections across the state, and the What's Up Downtown? A Playbook for Activating Oregon's Upper Stories which inventories the status of core buildings in some 33 Main Street communities across Oregon--specifically, their upper floors—identifies reasons for their disuse, and outlines potential ways to rejuvenate the spaces. 

The Economic Impacts and Value of Oregon’s Heritage Organizations and Events study was commissioned by the Oregon Heritage Commission using funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The study was carried out by ECONorthwest. 

The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic, and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Sharing the Value of Heritage Toolkit is available online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Katie Henry at 503-877-8834 or katie.henry@oprd.oregon.gov. 

 

Oregon Main Street Announces New Application Round for Top Tier Communities - 11/15/22

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon Main Street just opened applications for the Designated Main Street and Affiliated Main Street level communities for the first time since pre-pandemic. Applications are due on January 31, 2023. 

A virtual application workshop will be offered on November 17 at two times. While the workshop is free, registration is required:

Click Here to join the workshop on November 17 at 8 am

Click Here to join the workshop on November 17 at noon

Oregon Main Street has a new tiered approach that allows communities to participate in ways that best meet their capacity and needs.  The Main Street track, which includes Accredited, Designated, and Affiliated Main Street levels, is for communities that want to use the comprehensive Main Street Approach™ to sustain and enhance their historic downtown or traditional commercial neighborhood district. 

There are specific criteria communities must meet to qualify and maintain status depending on the level of participation. Some of these criteria include:

  • Having an independent nonprofit focused on the historic core
  • Commitment to using the Main Street Four-Point™ structure
  • Adequate staffing levels
  • Participation in required trainings

There is also the Connected Communities level for communities that aren’t ready to use the Main Street™ structure but see value in participating in the OMS Network. A full list of communities participating in the OMS Network can be found at www.oregonmainstreet.org

Acceptance into the Oregon Main Street Network, depending on the Tier, allows communities to participate in services such as training workshops, be eligible for community assessments and technical assistance, and compete for grants.

The Main Street Approach™, developed by Main Street America™, is a time-tested framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization. This proven approach emphasizes community organization, design, promotion, and economic vitality to create healthy and livable downtown commercial districts. This approach advocates a return to community self-reliance, empowerment and the rebuilding of commercial districts based on traditional assets, unique architecture, personal service, local ownership, and sense of community.

“We are excited about opening up applications for communities to participate in our Network at one of our advanced levels,” said Sheri Stuart, State Coordinator, Oregon Main Street. “Through a recent study of our Network, we know the difference our local main street organizations are having on their communities and welcome the opportunity to work more deeply with other communities that want to use the Main Street Approach™.” This study, culminating in the Impact of Oregon’s Main Streets Report, shares the story of how the Oregon Main Street Network strengthens community networks, bolsters the economy, generates state and local tax revenue, and fosters social connections across the state.

Oregon Main Street is part of Oregon Heritage in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information see our website at www.oregonmainstreet.org, or contact Sheri Stuart at sheri.stuart@oprd.oregon.gov or 503.986.0679.

Oregon's ATV Advisory Committee Meets Nov. 30 in Salem - 11/14/22

SALEM, Oregon—The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Committee will meet Nov. 30 to review potential legislative bills, online course changes, sound-level issues and other program updates. 

This will be a hybrid meeting with options to attend in person or via Zoom Webinar, which is open to the public to join as attendees. In the event that an in-person meeting is no longer feasible, the meeting will move to online only in a Zoom Webinar.

The potential legislative bills include requiring an ATV Safety Education Card for Class IV ATVs and to modify the definition of Class IV vehicles to better fit with industry standards.

The ATV Advisory Committee meeting will begin at 9 a.m. The  full agenda and schedule will be posted soon.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VqzViIo_QkSbCcmTBHfUPg 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance to improve accessibility by emailing ian.caldwell@oprd.oregon.gov. 

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.OregonATV.gov