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Valerie Vines Magee appointed to Oregon historic cemeteries commission - 01/17/20

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption has appointed a new member to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.


Valerie Vines Magee, from Rockaway Beach, has experience with parks, public commissions, historic cemeteries, and a historical society. She has used commission resources in the past, including a grant for the Nehalem American Legion Cemetery. According to Vines Magee “The commission has greatly assisted my efforts in bringing resources to the cemetery and major improvements have been made. This beautiful site, that is still operational, now has site signage, an information board, and a cedar, split rail boundary fence.  I hope to assist others, as well as bring additional knowledge and support to our site in Nehalem, with my appointment to the commission.”


“I am thrilled to welcome Val to the commission,” stated Kuri Gill, coordinator for the state historic cemeteries program. “Her local, award winning work, is a great model to share through the commission.”


The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville, Bev Power of Medford, Milo Reed of Portland, Sarah Silbernagel of Pendleton, and Scott Stuemke of Bend.


For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Historic Cemeteries Program Coordinator, Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.

Governor's Task Force on the Outdoors meets Jan. 23 in Salem - 01/16/20

The Governor’s Task Force on the Outdoors will hold their final meeting 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public and will include designated time for public comment.

On the agenda: reviewing work to date; refining final recommended actions and criteria related to outdoor recreation funding; and clarifying next steps for the final report and implementation.

View the detailed agenda online.

The meeting is the final in a series of six that have been held throughout Oregon since May 2019. The meetings were convened by the Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Gov. Brown established the task force early in 2019 with a one-year directive to explore long-term strategies for elevating outdoor recreation in Oregon. The task force’s final report will be publicly released this spring and presented to the governor, state legislature and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Overall strategies developed by the group aim to support access to and participation in outdoor recreation, as well as supporting local and state economies. The group has identified potential actions for these specific strategies: 

  • Center efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Strengthen collaboration and organizational effectiveness.
  • Accelerate investments in the outdoor recreation sector.
  • Catalyze innovative policies and legislation.
  • Empower local and statewide action.

View a draft of the task force’s strategies and actions report online.

Task force members were drawn from public and private sectors, and were appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. View the full membership list online: oregon.gov/orec/Pages/Governors-Task-Force.aspx

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Carrie Lovellette, OPRD executive assistant, at least three days in advance: 503-986-0733 or rie.Lovellette@oregon.gov">Carrie.Lovellette@oregon.gov 

Rule advisory committee begins meeting series to review proposed changes to National Register of Historic Places program in Oregon - 01/13/20

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has formed a Rule Advisory Committee to review the agency’s proposed changes to Oregon Administrative Rules governing Oregon’s administration of the federal National Register of Historic Places program.

The Committee begins a series of four meetings later this month to review the proposed changes. All meetings are open to the public and will start at 9 a.m. in the Card room of the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem.

Meeting schedule:

  • January 28
  • February 10
  • February 25
  • March 10

Meeting agendas will include discussions about: counting property owners and objections; how Tribal governments, state agencies and local jurisdictions participate in the nomination process; administrative functions like staff duties, public notices and hearing procedures; and determining circumstances that would exempt nominations from public disclosure, e.g., protecting culturally-sensitive information.

Ian Johnson, associate deputy state historic preservation officer, says recent contentious National Register nominations spurred OPRD into reviewing Oregon’s rules for the National Register program.

“We identified discrepancies between state and federal rules, so we’re moving to fix those issues and refine the state rules to work better for Oregonians,” said Johnson. 

Committee members were appointed by OPRD and drawn from Tribal, state, county and local governments, preservation and natural resource organizations, and citizens with an interest in the National Register program. 

OPRD will consider the committee’s recommendations and present the proposed rule changes to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. If the Commission approves the proposal, OPRD will begin the public rulemaking process later this year.

More information about rulemaking is available on the OPRD website: oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking%20Notices.aspx

The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is maintained by the National Parks Service. 

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meetings should contact Tracy Collis, OPRD executive suppot specialist, at least three days in advance of a meeting by calling (503) 986-0690.

Local Government Grant Program now accepting applications for park and recreation projects - 01/09/20

The Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) is now accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle. The LGGP helps local government agencies fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities, and acquire property for park purposes. Approximately $6 million in reimbursement funds are available for the 2020 cycle.

Eligible applicants: cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts.

Program grants are split into large, small and planning categories. Application deadlines for each grant type:

  • Large grants: April 1
  • Small grants: May 1
  • Planning grants: May 15

Access the LGGP application online at oprdgrants.org. New applicants must first request an account via the website before they are granted application access.

Two workshops will be held in February to help new and returning applicants navigate the application process and learn about the program:

  • Webinar workshop: 10 a.m. - noon, Feb. 12 online
  • In-person workshop: 10 a.m. - noon, Feb. 13 in Salem

Information presented at both workshops will be the same. Registration is required. To register, contact Mark Cowan, Grant Program Coordinator, at k.cowan@oregon.gov">mark.cowan@oregon.gov.

Additional information about the LGGP, including the grant manual, application instructions and program schedule is also on oprdgrants.org.

The LGGP is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The program has awarded more than $60 million in grant reimbursement funds since 1999.

Heritage Commission to meet January 12-13 in Cascade Locks - 12/26/19

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Cascade Locks January 12-13.

On January 12, the Commission will gather at 1:15 p.m. to tour heritage sites in the area.

On January 13, a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Best Western Columbia River conference room at 735 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks, 97014. The agenda includes Oregon Heritage Tradition review, presentations by the State Library of Oregon and the Clackamas County Heritage Council, a discussion about Oregon Heritage Grant rulemaking history and reports by commissioners.

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, contact coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov

Commission meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

For more information about the commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org