Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Emergency Messages as of 10:01 am, Thu. Mar. 21
No information currently posted. Operating as usual.
Subscribe to receive FlashAlert messages from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. Please use any browser other than Internet Explorer.
Primary email address for a new account:

Emergency Alerts News Releases  

Manage my existing Subscription

News Releases
ATV Advisory Grant Subcommittee meets April 2 in Redmond - 03/19/19

REDMOND, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Grant Subcommittee will meet to review several ATV Grant applications 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 2 at the Sleep Inn Event Center, located above Geno’s Italian Grill, 1857 NW 6th St., Redmond. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: the subcommittee will review grant applications for ATV-related planning, development, acquisition and emergency medical projects. The subcommittee will then provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

April 3 the committee will tour ATV riding areas in Central Oregon.

View a more detailed agenda online: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/Pages/grant_apply.aspx

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for 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 online: www.OregonOHV.org

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals that need special accommodations to attend the meeting should call 541-504-1500 at least three days in advance.

To protect threatened shorebird, share the beach March 15 - Sept. 15 - 03/14/19

Beachgoers are urged to help recovery efforts of the threatened western snowy plover by respecting nesting areas and beach restrictions during nesting season, March 15 – Sept. 15. Beachgoers will see signs and ropes that identify sensitive plover nesting areas and list restrictions, including dogs (even on a leash), vehicles, kites, drones, camping and fires.

“We’re making great strides in reversing the downward slide of this species,” said Cindy Burns, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist. “But it takes all of us, so we urge people to do their part to understand nesting season rules and to share the beach this spring and summer.”

These small birds nest on open sand along Oregon’s beaches. Nests, and especially chicks, are well-camouflaged. During nesting season, human disturbances can flush adult plovers away from their nests as they attempt to defend their young from the perceived predator. Left alone too long, eggs or chicks can die from exposure, predators or people.

Recreation restrictions occur in designated plover management areas, small stretches of beach along the entire coastline where plovers are nesting or could potentially nest. These areas comprise about 40 miles of Oregon's 362 miles of shoreline. Detailed maps can be found on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department website (http://bit.ly/wsplover) and on the Siuslaw National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/siuslaw/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd518707#mgmtarea).

On these plover beaches, the dry sand and dunes are closed to all access  — except along official trails and on the wet sand — to protect eggs and chicks. Visitors may see roped off areas within these plover management areas, which serve to protect the most sensitive habitat; however, all dry sand on both sides of the rope is closed. Wet sand areas on plover beaches remain open to foot and equestrian traffic. All other recreation is off limits, include walking your dog (even on a leash), driving a vehicle, riding a bicycle, camping, fires, and flying kites or drones.

“Visitors will have access to hundreds of miles of beaches without these seasonal restrictions,” said Laurel Hillmann, Ocean Shores Specialist for Oregon State Parks. “By planning your trip, you can enjoy the coast and help keep these special birds safe.”

Visitors to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area can review  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/recarea/?recid=42465&actid=93 to identify unrestricted recreation areas and information on riding motor vehicles on the sand.

Several land managers oversee beach activity for plover protection, including the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed western snowy plovers as a threatened species in 1993. Habitat loss from invasive plants — as well as human disturbances, including litter and discarded food scraps that attract predators — have contributed to the birds’ decline. The Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative (https://www.saveoregondunes.org/) is working with land managers to develop and implement a restoration strategy as well as raise public awareness about the need to restore the dunes ecosystem for snowy plover, rare plants and animals, and the unique recreation opportunities offered here.

Editors: Photos are available at this link.

Gray whale dive 2
Gray whale dive 2
Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 23 -- 31 (Photo) - 03/14/19

The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 23 - 31 to celebrate the more than 20,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.

Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available on whalespoken.org.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales.

An online live stream of whale activity in Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event.

Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during spring; they return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June. 

For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Public invited to comment on federal preservation grant award in Baker City - 03/05/19

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 project.


2020 Main Street

$4000.00 grant funds

Historic wood window repair.


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 www.oregonheritage.org and follow the federal grant public comment page link or contact Tracy Schwartz at acy.Schwartz@oregon.gov">Tracy.Schwartz@oregon.gov or 503-986-0661.


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: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on proposed adoption of master plans for Brian Booth and Wallowa Lake State Parks - 03/04/19

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is in the final stage of approving two planning documents, one for state parks in Wallowa County and one for Brian Booth State Park in Lincoln County. OPRD is accepting public comments through March 31 on a proposal to add the two adopted master plans into Oregon administrative rule.

Full text of both plans is available online: oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS

The plans detail current natural and cultural resource conditions, outdoor recreation trends and how to balance recreation and resource protection. They set priorities for the next two decades, such as adding or improving trails, parking, facilities and signs.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 31, 2019 and can be made online, in writing or via email.

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 April 2019 business meeting.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the content of the Brian Booth State Park Comprehensive Plan at their meeting on Feb. 5, 2014. The Wallowa Lake Management Unit Master Plan was approved at the commission’s Nov. 28, 2018 meeting. The draft plans were then reviewed by Lincoln and Wallowa counties for compatibility with their comprehensive plans and zoning codes.

The full text of the amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045 is available online at oregon.gov/oprd/Rules/pages/index.aspx.

Brian Booth State Park is located 7 miles south of Newport and includes Beaver Creek and Ona Beach. The combined park includes a total of 1,261 acres under OPRD’s current ownership. The Wallowa Lake Management Unit covers Minam State Recreation Area near Elgin, Wallowa Lake State Park near Joseph, and Wallowa Lake Highway Forest Scenic Corridor near Wallowa.

Registration opens for Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day, set for May 11 - 03/04/19

Oregon’s historic cemeteries are set for a spring spruce-up during Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day on May 11. The event, organized by SOLVE and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC), is a volunteer-led effort across the state to care for and preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries.

Historic cemetery caretakers are encouraged to register their properties for the event on https://www.solveoregon.org/Cemetery-event-leaders.

SOLVE offers several resources to cemeteries that are registered for the event:

  • Free supplies like litter bags, vinyl gloves, safety vests and first aid kits.
  • Volunteer recruitment tools including forms, online registration and liability coverage.
  • Event flyer template.
  • Possible grants for native species to plant.
  • Advice on native plant species to plant for lower maintenance.
  • Small grants and in-kind donation forms for business that provide food and other supplies.
  • Project planning assistance.


In addition, OCHC will offer free in-person and webinar workshops on how to host a successful clean-up March 14 and 15. For details and registration visit the OCHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OCHC/Pages/index.aspx.

Oregon’s historic cemeteries are sites of great cultural value,” said Kuri Gill, historic cemeteries and grants coordinator with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “They face many challenges including litter, over-growth of invasive species like thistle and ivy, moss covered monuments and general neglect.”

15 historic cemeteries and over 160 volunteers participated in the 2018 cleanup event. All told, volunteers collected nearly 300 pounds of trash and cleared 4,000 square feet of overgrown vegetation.

OCHC was established in 1999; its seven members coordinate the restoration and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide and advocate for the importance of preserving Oregon’s historic burial sites.

SOLVE is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission “to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.” Visit solveoregon.org for more information.

Committee to review Veterans and War Memorials grant applications - 03/01/19

On March 14, 2019, a committee will meet to score and rank the applications for the Veterans and War Memorials Grant program. The recommendations from the committee will be forwarded to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director and the Oregon State Parks Commission for final review and approval on April 16 & 17, 2019. The meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, room 146 at 9:00 a.m. Interested parties may also call into to listen at 1-877-402-9757 and then enter the access code:  4605348.


The Veterans and War Memorials Grant Program was created and established to provide funding assistance to local governments for the construction and restoration of veterans’ and war memorials.  The program will help honor Oregon’s soldiers and veterans by commemorating their service to the country. 

For information about the grants, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx , or contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. 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

Portland Rose Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition - 03/01/19

The Portland Rose Festival, a long-standing Portland event, marks its upcoming 112th 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 Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.

“The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the character of the state,” said Todd Kepple, the commission’s chair. “The Portland Rose Festival helps us celebrate Oregon’s urban heritage.” 

The Portland Rose Festival can trace its roots back to a speech given by Portland Mayor Harry Lane at the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition, which included a call for a festival of roses. Two years later, in 1907, the first Portland Rose Festival was held with the intention of putting Portland on the map and branding it as the ‘summer capital of the world.’ It included the novelty of an electric parade with illuminated floats that allowed Portland to showcase its innovation as one of the first cities in the world to have an electrically propelled trolley system. A year later, in 1908, a nonprofit formed to lead the festival planning and turn it into an annual event.

Over the years the Festival’s events have changed and expanded with the times, but the parades associated with the Portland Rose Festival have remained at the center of the event. "The Festival's venerable centerpiece, the Grand floral Parade, is more than fancy floats and high-stepping bands; it's lineup is layered with theatrical and cultural story-telling that reflects how a community can honor diversity and celebrate unity at the same time," said Teri Bowles-Atherton, Rose Festival Foundation President. "The Rose Festival offers a familiar place for multi-generations to make memories while celebrating side-by-side."

The Portland Rose Festival wouldn’t be possible without countless volunteer hours from the over 3,600 volunteers who organize and run events, including board members who give thousands of hours of their time in leadership and planning.The event adds to the heritage tourism impact in Oregon and is estimated to generate $65 million in economic impact for the Portland-Metro region.

The Portland Rose Festival will be held May 24- June 9, with additional activities extending in to July and August. More information can be found at: http://www.rosefestival.org/

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.

ATV Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee meets March 7 in Salem - 02/28/19

SALEM, Ore. - The All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee will meet 11 a.m.  - noon March 7 in room 124A in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: a committee review of an application to allow ATVs to drive on 1 mile of Spinreel Road near Lakeside; approval of October meeting minutes; and a discussion of other potential applications.

Members of the public will have an opportunity during the meeting to comment on the Spinreel Road application.

The ATV Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee was established by the Oregon Legislature in 2017. The committee is tasked with accepting, evaluating and conducting field reviews of proposed ATV highway access routes on portions of state highway right-of-ways. The committee’s seven members include representatives of citizen and user groups, law enforcement, local government and state agencies.

For more information about the meeting or committee, contact Ian Caldwell, ATV program lead, at ian.caldwell@oregon.gov or 541-410-5512. Individuals needing special accommodations to attend should contact Caldwell at least three days in advance.

UPDATE - MEETING RESCHEDULED: Pilot Butte Master Plan Advisory Committee meets Feb. 28 in Bend - 02/27/19


The Feb. 28 advisory committee meeting has been canceled due to inclement weather. The meeting will be rescheduled for early April; a subsequent meeting release will be sent announcing the specific date, time and location of the meeting.

The follow-up public meeting about the master plan, originally scheduled for April 8 in Bend, has also been canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled for late April or early May; details will be published soon.



BEND, Ore. – The Pilot Butte Master Plan Advisory Committee will be working to guide and develop recommendations to the update of the master plan for Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Bend Park and Recreation District Office, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: review information gathered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to inform advisory group process; hold workshop exercises to develop design or management recommendations for access, trails and various park zones; determine areas of agreement and questions for public input.

A detailed meeting agenda will be available online: pilotbuttemasterplan.com

No public comments will be accepted during the meeting. The next opportunity for in-person comment will be at a public meeting about the plan April 8 in Bend.

The 16 member advisory committee consists of volunteers from various local and statewide groups with an interest in outdoor recreation. A full list of committee member affiliations is available on the master plan website: pilotbuttemasterplan.com/q-and-a/

A park master plan guides the development and use of park facilities. It also provides guidelines for the protection and management of important natural, cultural and scenic resources within the park. Master plans are on a 20-year update cycle and are subject to final approval by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

An initial draft master plan for Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, last updated in 1995, is expected to be completed by July 2019.

Learn more about the master plan at pilotbuttemasterplan.com.

Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Rachel Hill, OPRD Park and Recreation Planner, at least three days in advance: 503-947-8618 or achel.Hill@oregon.gov">Rachel.Hill@oregon.gov.

Update - Date change: ATV Grant Subcommittee meets February 26-28 in Salem - 02/26/19


The meeting dates have changed to Feb. 27 - March 1, due to inclement weather. The meeting times and location are unchanged. 

The updated agenda: 

  • Feb. 27: grant presentations begin at 8 a.m.
  • Feb. 28: grant presentations continue. The subcommittee will hear ATV program updates in the morning.
  • March 1: the subcommittee will finalize scores and recommendations 8 a.m. - noon. 



The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Grant Subcommittee will meet at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 26-28 at Best Western-Mill Creek Inn in the Mill Creek Center Room at 3125 Ryan Drive SE, Salem. The meetings are open to the public.  

At the meetings, the subcommittee will review grant requests for projects related to ATV operation and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisition. View the full agenda online.

  • Feb. 26: the subcommittee will hear ATV program updates in the morning; grant presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m.
  • Feb 27: grant presentations continue.
  • Feb. 28: grant presentations end at 10 a.m.; the subcommittee will finalize scores and recommendations 10 a.m. – noon.

The subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon State 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 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.