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Saddle Mountain State Natural Area closed - 02/14/17

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in the North Coast Range is closed because large trees have fallen across and blocked Saddle Mountain Road leading into the park. Park Manager Ben Cox said rangers have been working to cut through the trees, but work is stopped because of forecasted high winds on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Weather conditions permitting, work will resume removing the trees Thursday, Feb. 16. The road will reopen when it is safe to do so.

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, 2016; Photo Courtesy of City of Woodburn
Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, 2016; Photo Courtesy of City of Woodburn
Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition (Photo) - 02/14/17

The Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, a volunteer-powered city-wide event, marks its upcoming 54th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana started in 1964 to mark the end of the harvest season and to express gratitude from the community to its farmers and workers. Held annually during the first weekend of August, the Fiesta has grown over the years to include a Queen and Court coronation, world-class entertainers, a soccer tournament, classic cars, and a community parade.

Tens of thousands of locals across the Willamette Valley participate in the three-day long festivities that take place in the heart of downtown Woodburn. As the city's longest tradition, the Fiesta shares the rich variety of Latino or Hispanic cultures through food, dance, and the arts. It also acknowledges the critical role community members have had in this region for decades.

"We're really pleased to learn that the Fiesta has earned this prestigious designation, which is only held by fifteen other long-standing events in Oregon," City of Woodburn assistant city administrator Jim Row said. "It is a recognition of the efforts that many people have dedicated to the Fiesta over its 53 year history."

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office Asks, What Makes Oregon Special? In Series of Public Meetings - 02/10/17

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.

This spring Oregon SHPO is asking Oregonians what makes Oregon's heritage special to them in a series of 90 minute public meetings across the state. Participants will identify what issues matter most and how to best preserve our history. The first set of meetings will take place in February and March at the following locations. More meetings will follow in April.

February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:30p.m.
University of Oregon, Condon Hall Room 106, Eugene

March 8, 2017, 6:00-7:30p.m.
La Grande City Hall Council Chambers, 1000 Adams Ave, La Grande

Those interested in or associated with Oregon historic preservation efforts, museums, governments, cemeteries, archaeology, archives, historic trails, and other Oregon heritage related interests are encouraged to attend.

Can't make a meeting? Comment online! This short survey asks for public feedback. Go to : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ORHeritagePartnerSurvey.

Oregon Heritage, a Division of Oregon State Parks, includes the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The Oregon SHPO locally administers National Park Service (NPS) programs created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, including the identification and designation of historic properties and archaeological sites; tax and grant programs; and the Certified Local Government Program (CLG), a partnership program between local jurisdictions and the state and federal government. The SHPO also coordinates closely with Oregon Heritage programs, including the Heritage Commission and Main Street, Cemetery Commission, Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission, and various grant and technical assistance programs. The SHPO office is funded in part through a grant from NPS. A copy of the 2011-2016 plan can be found here: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/SHPO/docs/historic_preservation_plan_11-16.pdf . To learn more about the Oregon SHPO and Oregon Heritage programs, visit www.oregonheritage.org.

Please contact Ian Johnson, Associate Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at (503) 986-0678 or ian.johnson@oregon.gov with any additional questions or comments.

Alco Apartments
Alco Apartments
Alco Apartments listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 02/08/17

The Alco Apartments, also known as the Vivian Apartments, located at 100-110 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. in inner-northeast Portland, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1912 at the north end of Portland's central east side, the Alco Apartments opened at a time when east Portland was rapidly urbanizing, with competing commercial and residential uses vying for available space. Of key importance to these developments was proximity to streetcar lines connecting residential neighborhoods and suburban communities with the east side business district and downtown Portland. As a response to these competing needs, a new type of mixed-use building emerged in Portland in the closing decades of the nineteenth century and during the early twentieth century, combining storefronts at street level with apartments above, meeting the needs of both sectors. As development of new buildings in the central east side progressed during 1912, the Alco Apartments was featured in an ongoing series in The Sunday Oregonian, following their construction and highlighting their modern amenities and fine design. Strategically located on the streetcar line that traveled along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (then Union Avenue), the Alco was completed just before the rapid expansion of the automobile in the city, which would ultimately replace the streetcar as the dominant transportation mode until the late 20th century reintroduction and expansion of mass rail transit.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2016 meeting. It is one of five historic properties in Portland that were listed in the National Register in 2016. 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).

State Scenic Bikeway Committee Meeting Feb. 28 in Salem - 02/08/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the department's office in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, room 124, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda has several action items including a recommendation to the State Parks and Recreation Department Commission on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Wasco County. The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The committee is an advisory group for the management and designation of routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include citizen representatives, tourism organizations, local governments, and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0631.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in Portland - 02/06/17

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday, February 16th and 17th at the Eastmoreland Golf Course clubhouse at 2425 SE Bybee Boulevard in Portland, OR, 97202. Public hearings on the nominations will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and are open to the public. A tour of the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District will begin at 2:00 p.m., departing from the parking lot of the clubhouse. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but must provide their own transportation. On Friday, public hearings on the nominations will begin on 9:15 a.m. The hearing on the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District will begin at 1:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend and testify.

The Committee will review the Federal Irrigation Projects in Oregon, 1901-1978, Multiple Property Document, as well as three associated nominations. The committee will hear the Troy Field nomination in Bend, OR at 12:15 p.m. On Friday, the committee will hear a barn nomination in Blachly, Lane County; a farmhouse in Springfield, Lane County; a nurse's dormitory in Portland, Multnomah County; and a community hall in Manzanita, Tillamook County. The day will culminate with the hearing on the Eastmoreland Historic District. The agenda and electronic copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

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. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the hearing impaired may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).

Attached Media Files: Press Release
Neighborhood meetings set for February to discuss 1-mile section of Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway - 01/31/17

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // January 31, 2017

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722

Neighborhood meetings set for February to discuss 1-mile section of Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway

Bend OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host three Bend neighborhood forums in February to listen to residents' opinions about the 1-mile stretch of the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway that rests within the Bend Urban Growth Boundary on the southwest side of town.

+ Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017, Time: 6:30 -- 8:00 pm
Location: Cascade Middle School (Cafeteria), 19619 Mountaineer Way, Bend, OR 97702

+ Date: Friday, February 17, 2017, Time: 6:30 -- 8:00 pm
Location: Elk Meadow Elementary School (Gym), 60880 Brookswood Blvd, Bend, OR 97702

+ Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017, Time: 6:30 -- 8:00 pm
Location: Pine Ridge Elementary School (Commons-A), 19840 Hollygrape St, Bend, OR 97702

The rules that apply to the state scenic waterway from the Urban Growth Boundary to the COID Canal are not open for amendment, but the department is conducting a general review to gather community thoughts about current and future needs of the waterway. People who live along or use this stretch of the river are encouraged to attend and offer their thoughts on the status of the river and how the current rules affect the values of the waterway in this 1-mile stretch.

Background information about the review is online at http://bit.ly/upperdeschutesreview. For people who can't make a neighborhood meeting, comments are being taken online at http://solutionsco.org/Crowdsourcing.htm?m=3&s=751. An advisory group is reviewing the rules and will send its comments to OPRD Director Lisa Sumption this spring.

This portion of the river was added to the state scenic waterway program in 1988 through a ballot measure. The State Scenic Waterway law says fish, wildlife, and recreation are the highest and best uses for scenic waterways. The department has contracted with a local nonprofit, Community Solutions of Central Oregon (http://solutionsco.org/), to collect information from the community about their views on the waterway. Community Solutions staff and volunteers are neutral third-party facilitators who do not advocate for, or take positions in support of, any participating stakeholder agency, homeowners or neighborhood association, outdoor recreational group, or private business interest.

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Attached Media Files: Flyer with map
OPRD seeks to fill a seat on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee - 01/27/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in an at-large position.

One seat is open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated Bikeways. The at-large position is a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidate would have experience with proponent groups of designated bikeways, bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD on ways to strengthen the existing program and the proponent groups associated with each designated Bikeway. The committee also makes recommendations to the department on matters pertaining to the Bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a Bikeway Committee Interest Form by February 28, 2017. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alexandra Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.

OPRD seeks to fill four open ATV Advisory Committee positions -- Timeline Extended - 01/27/17

UPDATE: Applications will be accepted until 5 PM Feb. 17, 2017.

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. Feb. 17, 2017.

OPRD invites public to a Feb. 15 planning meeting for Silver Falls State Park trails - 01/26/17

SALEM OR -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting to discuss minor revisions to the 2009 Silver Falls Parks Plan, which guides future development, recreational use and resource management for the next 20-25 years. The meeting is set from 6-7 p.m. in room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem.

The focus of these revisions will be on trail system changes, including changes in trail use designations, proposed trail alignment/location and trails modifications to address changing use patterns, maintenance and habitat management. Parks planning and field staff will limit input to the trail system sections of the current adopted park plan.

For more information about the meeting or about the current Silver Falls trails plan, contact David Stipe, Planning and Design Manager, at 503.986.0740, david.stipe@oregon.gov.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Feb. 7-8 in Woodburn - 01/25/17

WOODBURN OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its first meeting of the year Feb. 7-8, 2017 in Woodburn, Oregon.

On Feb. 7, Commissioners will gather at 10 a.m. at the Woodburn Police Department community room, 1060 Mt. Hood Ave., to learn about ways the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with community organizations to promote outdoor recreation.

On Feb. 8, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Woodburn City Hall Council Chambers, 270 Montgomery St., to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>>Approve purchase of 156 acres at Beaver Creek State Natural Area, expanding Brian Booth State Park in Lincoln County, for $1.6 million. The property will be paid for with Lottery funds and a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Conservation Fund.

>>Take no action on a proposed rule change that would have closed a 300-foot stretch of beach to parking in Lincoln City. OPRD staff made the recommendation after gathering feedback at three public meetings and reviewing public comments. Staff recommend reviewing alternate ways to improve pedestrian safety, which was the issue that prompted a group of Lincoln City residents to request the rule change in 2015.

>>Approval to award $809,430 in County Opportunity Grant Program requests, which helps counties purchase land for campgrounds and improve or plan camping areas.

>>Approval to distribute $170,217 in Land and Water Conservation Fund planning grants, which help create parks and open spaces; protect wilderness, wetlands and refuges; preserve habitat; and enhance recreational opportunities.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/february2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 3 p.m. Jan. 27. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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.

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 3 via conference call - 01/25/17

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 3 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant program, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

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. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .