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ATV Advisory Grant Subcommittee meets in Salem April 10. - 03/27/17

SALEM OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Grant Subcommittee will hold a meeting to review several ATV grant applications from 2:30-5:00 p.m. on April 10. The meeting is in room 124A at OPRD headquarters, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem.

The subcommittee will review grant requests for ATV planning, development and law enforcement projects. The grant subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for off-highway vehicle (OHV) 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.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0980.

Oregon State parks hosting disc golf competition and clinic - 03/27/17

Buxton,OR -- Disc golf professionals are teaming up with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to promote the sport in a doubles tournament Sunday, April 16 at L.L Stub Stewart State Park. Team Oregon, made up of touring disc golf pros Zo?" AnDyke of Estacada and Dustin Keegan of Eugene, will host the second of four best-disc doubles tournaments on Easter Sunday.
"I love Oregon state parks and am so excited to bring my passion for this sport and my love for these amazingly special places together," said AnDyke, a four-time Oregon State Women's Professional Disc Golf Champion.
The tournament will feature pro teams, amateurs and beginners. Check in starts at 7 a.m. and the competition includes a morning round at 9 a.m. and afternoon round at 1:30 p.m. AnDyke will hold an educational clinic for the public at 11:30 a.m. and a demonstration at 1 p.m. OPRD will give away one 12-month day-use parking permit at the clinic. The pass would be valid at all Oregon state parks.
Competitors need to bring their own partners and sign up at 4discgolf.com by April 16. Registration is capped at 80 players (40 teams). The entry fees per team are $120 for pros, $60 for amateurs and $30 for beginners. Pro winners will receive cash prizes, while amateur winners will get trophies. A portion of each entry fee will benefit disc golf education in Oregon schools.
L.L. Stub Stewart charges a $5 day-use fee parking per vehicle, available for purchase at the park. Visitors can also buy a 12-month or 24-month day-use permit at the park or online at store.oregonstateparks.org.

The first tournament in the series was March 12 at Dexter State Recreation Site. The last two tournaments will be May 6 at Willamette Mission State Park and July 1 at Milo McIver State Park.

Salmonberry Trail meeting set April 6, 2017 - 03/24/17

Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Banks to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Banks Fire District #13, 13430 NW Main St.

The agenda includes a discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, valley segment planning and convening a valley advisory committee, strategic marketing plans and a benefit analysis study.

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit for bids on bungee jumping concession at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint - 03/24/17

News release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 24, 2017

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 503-986-0722 (desk), 503-931-2590 (cell)

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit for bids on bungee jumping concession at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

Terrebonne OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit proposals from concessionaires interested in conducting recreational bungee jumping from a decommissioned highway bridge over the Crooked River at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint north of Terrebonne. Responses to the solicitation will be accepted starting sometime the week of March 27 through late April or early May. Exact dates will be available through the official state procurement website, http://orpin.oregon.gov/.

A summertime pilot project was conducted in 2015-2016, then ended. A visitor survey conducted in 2016 showed the activity did not detract from the overall park experience (http://bit.ly/peterskeneogdensurvey), and highway safety appeared unaffected. The effects on raptors nesting and flying below the canyon rim were inconclusive and require study over a longer period, so the project includes ongoing monitoring and a readiness to change schedules or operations as needed to protect birds. The contract will have a short initial period--as few as 2 years--with renewal options that extend to 10 years, giving the park manager flexibility to modify the project more extensively if additional information becomes available. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will continue to consult with both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Protecting wildlife passing through the park is important, and while there are no raptor nests nearby, we'll need to monitor this carefully so we can make adjustments as we go," says OPRD Stewardship Manager Trevor Taylor.

"The department's mission includes outdoor recreation, and adapts to offer new opportunities where they are compatible with a state park landscape," says OPRD Mountains Region Manager Jerry Winegar. "Climbing and mountain biking were both new to state parks at one time, but now help introduce new people to Oregon's outdoors."

Businesses interested in submitting proposals for the operation must register with the State of Oregon Procurement Information Network -- https://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome.

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US Post Office - Scappoose
US Post Office - Scappoose
Scappoose Post Office listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 03/23/17

The Scappoose Post Office opened in February 1966. In contrast to the monumental downtown post office buildings constructed before World War II, the "Thousands Series" post offices, like the Scappoose building, were relatively small, modern in appearance, and featured a 24-hour lobby including postal boxes, will call counter, and a retail space. Typically, these buildings were located outside downtown to accommodate plenty of customer parking and allow mail trucks to maneuver. The Scappoose Post Office embodies all of these design principals and is an excellent, intact example of the type. Thousand Series post offices were designed to be part of an efficient mail-processing network that relied on automation and truck transportation to efficiently process mail locally and then deliver it to destinations across the nation.

More than 148 historic properties are now listed in the National Register in Columbia County, including the 1902 James Watts House in Scappoose. 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 listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo) - 03/22/17

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. 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.

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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.

Dr. Homer H. Harris House
Dr. Homer H. Harris House
Dr. Homer H. Harris House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 03/21/17

The Dr. Harris House was designed in the Northwest Regional style by designer/builder Wilbur Mark Perrault and constructed in 1957 in the Council Crest neighborhood of Portland's southwest hills. The house was designed for Dr. Homer H. Harris, a leading forensic pathologist in the State of Oregon and director of the Oregon State Crime Laboratory from 1951 to 1955. Harris was an innovator in the emerging field of forensic pathology. Before taking on the position of Director of the crime lab, Harris apprenticed with the chief medical examiner of New York City, learning the latest technics in forensic medicine and crime investigation. His last position before retirement was as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Multnomah County.

Designer/builder Mark Perrault moved to Portland from his native Montana to work building defense housing during World War II. He became a very successful builder in the competitive post-World War II environment. He is best known for developing a series of product lines that could be customized in varying degrees, directed at middle class clients, particularly those looking for a vacation or second home. Later in his career he focused on developing popular prototype residences that could be mass-marketed. The one-story Harris house sits high within its narrow, steep lot over a raised basement. It is integrated with its outdoor living areas through nearly floor-to-ceiling windows encircling the rear of the house and overlooking asymmetrical, stepped decks and a 1956 landscape designed by landscape architect Fairbanks D. Chandler. An outstanding feature of the house, which is one of Perrault's early custom homes, is the arrangement of the rooms on both floors around a large, oversized brick island that organizes the spaces around it, in addition to serving the three fireplaces of the house.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2016 meeting. The Harris House is among nearly 300 single family properties in Portland that are individually listed in the National Register which 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).

2017 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 25-31 - 03/20/17

Depoe Bay OR -- Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, "whale size" windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office Seeks Input on Preservation Plan in a Series of Public Meetings - 03/15/17

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 took place in February and March in Eugene and La Grande. The following meetings will take place in April:

April 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
White Stag Building, Room 150, 70 NW Couch, Portland

April 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria

April 12, 2017, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
City Hall, 411 SW 9th Street, Redmond

April 19, 2017, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Medford Carnegie Library, 413 W. Main Street, Medford

Those interested in or associated with Oregon historic preservation efforts, museums, governments, cemeteries, archaeology, archives, historic trails, Main Street and other Oregon heritage related interests are encouraged to attend. Can't make a meeting? Comment online! Our short survey asks for feedback on our services. 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.

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Registration now open for Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute June 18-23, 2017 (Photo) - 03/09/17

CONDON, OR -- This summer, high school students from northeastern Oregon have the opportunity to participate in a FREE weeklong, hands-on outdoor education program at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute (CCSI) -- set for June 18-23, 2017 -- is presented through a partnership between Oregon State Parks Foundation, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Eastern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon GO-STEM, and the Department of Environmental Quality.

The program supports 20-25 students and their teachers from high schools in Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Morrow, Wasco, Grant, Jefferson, Umatilla and Crook counties. There is no cost to the teachers or students for attendance, and they are eligible for continuing education or college credit from EOU for their participation.

"Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to be able to offer this program for a third year," said the foundation's executive director, Seth Miller. "Students will experience a wide range of alternative careers, and many return to their communities to build connection and interest in rural sustainability and natural resource stewardship."

Educational curriculum for the week includes watershed management, restoration of riparian zones, photography, writing, astronomy and the nocturnal lives of animals. Faculty include a professional hydrologist, botanist, a specialist in watershed management and other natural resource experts.

EOU faculty will attend as shadows to learn about teaching methodologies in an outdoor environment. High School teachers will also attend with their students and will have separate seminars about outdoor education.

More information is posted on the News & Updates tab at oregonstateparksfoundation.org. To learn more or register to attend, contact Tim.Pfau@oregonstateparksfoundation.org.

OPRD invites novice campers to 'Let's Go Camping' - 03/08/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) welcomes beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping experience this summer at an Oregon state park. Registrations are now being accepted for the Let's Go Camping program. Events will be held at nine different parks.

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities could include ranger-led hikes, owl prowls, bat chats and plenty of s'mores.

Register for one of the following events by calling 800-551-6949. Most events are limited to 35 people and spots are filling quickly.

June 16-18: L.L.Stub Stewart
June 30-July 2: Deschutes River
July 7-9: Cascadia
July 14-16: Willamette Mission
July 21-23: Silver Falls
July 21-23: Prineville Reservoir
July 28-30: Ainsworth
August 11-13: Milo McIver
August 25-27: Champoeg
September 8-10: Memaloose

OPRD seeks to fill two open RTP Advisory Committee positions - 03/07/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers for two vacant positions on the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee. Members are needed to fill the following two user representative vacancies:

* Hiking user representative
* Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) user representative

RTP is a competitive grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. RTP grants fund recreation trail-related projects.

The RTP Advisory Committee is a ten member group that evaluates and ranks requests for grant funding. Ideal candidates would have experience in one or more of the following areas: recreation planning, trail design, project management, grant management, or budget review.

The committee meets once or twice a year at locations throughout the state. The 2017 RTP grant review meeting is scheduled for June 27-29 in Salem.

Those interested in serving must submit an OPRD Grant Advisory Committee Appointment Interest Form by Friday, April 7. For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/RTP-Committee.aspx, or contact Jodi Bellefeuille at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.