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Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is Going Digital - 06/22/17

Coming Fall 2017, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will offer a new digital review and compliance submittal service called Go Digital. Go Digital will streamline the submittal process and allow our office to assist a greater number of customers while maintaining response times. In response to requests from our customers, our Go Digital service will allow for an easier, quicker way to submit, receive, track, and consult on new and existing projects.

Go Digital Basics:

* Go Digital submittals are heavily encouraged; however, hard-copy or paper submittals will still be accepted via standard mail.
* If a project is submitted via hard-copy or paper, all future correspondence associated with the project must be submitted in the same format, including all updates and revisions.
* Similarly, if a project is submitted via Go Digital, no hard-copy materials associated with the project will be accepted later in the consultation process.
* Archaeological reports and site forms submitted via Go Digital will no longer require a hard-copy or CD.
* Go Digital submittals will not be accepted unless they are sent to the ORSHPO.Clearance@oregon.gov email following the Go Digital Submittal Guidelines.
* Go Digital Submittal Guidelines will be available prior to roll out.

For questions regarding Go Digital, contact Matt Diederich at (503) 986-0577 or matt.diederich@oregon.gov.

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Other Oregon Heritage programs include the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Main Street Program. Learn more about Oregon Heritage by visiting www.oregonheritage.org.

The beach is coming to Salem! Celebrate the Beach Bill's golden anniversary July 8 at the state Capitol - 06/21/17

Salem, Ore. -- Oregon State Parks and the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill -- the landmark legislation passed in 1967 that protects the public's right to access the coast -- with a Beach Bill Birthday Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at the state Capitol, 900 Court St. NE in Salem.

"We're bringing the beach to the Capitol, where the legacy of Oregon's open beaches began," said Laurel Hillmann, event coordinator and Ocean Shores Specialist for Oregon State Parks.

The free event will feature a concert on the lawn in State Capitol State Park at 11:30 a.m. by Portland artist Slater Smith, who will debut his new coast-inspired album.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a professional kite flying demonstration. Guests can enjoy free birthday cupcakes and a free scoop of really creamy Tillamook ice cream from the traveling Yum Bus while supplies last. Mo's, a favorite coastal destination for many families, will bring its iconic chowder to the event for purchase.

Activities for kids include kite making, beach-themed crafts, face painting and digging for treasures in a giant sandbox. Kids can meet a giant inflatable Dungeness crab; Oregon State Parks' mascot JR Beaver; and Washed Ashore's famous 7-foot salmon Nora, sculpted from beach trash.

Attendees can also enter a raffle to win limited-edition glass floats created by Lincoln City glassblowers and engraved with a commemorative 50th anniversary stamp.

Booths and exhibits will feature beach trivia; information on beach recreation, including clamming, crabbing and whale watching; and ways all Oregonians can protect and preserve this treasure for future generations.

Inside the Capitol, a 30-minute Oregon Public Broadcasting Beach Bill documentary will air for the duration of the event, and a special Beach Bill exhibit will be on display in the Galleria.

Visitors can learn about Oregon's unique Beach history in a Beach Bill-themed Capitol tour at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the public can also take a tower tour to the Oregon Pioneer at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Oregonians have always enjoyed visiting the coast, but that tradition was first officially protected in 1913, when Governor Oswald West and the Oregon legislature established the state's 362 miles of shoreline as a public highway, a designation that only applied to the wet-sand portions of the beaches.

Then, in the summer of 1966, the owner of a Cannon Beach hotel put down large driftwood logs to block off a section of the beach to all but his guests. In response, the State Highway Commission, with Gov. Tom McCall's support, introduced two bills in the legislature. The bills mimicked a Texas law that recognized the public's continued use of private beach land as a permanent right.

At first, the bills had little public support and seemed destined to fail. But news stories and a well-publicized visit to Cannon Beach by Gov. McCall spread the word that Oregon's open beaches were at risk.

"Most people had assumed the beaches were already public and weren't aware of the efforts at the capital until it was almost too late," Hillmann said. "In the end, Oregonians' persistence saved the beach."

The legislature passed the Beach Bill on June 7, 1967, and the governor signed it into law on July 6.

The bill would "forever preserve and maintain the sovereignty of the state heretofore existing over the seashore and ocean beaches of the state...so that the public may have the free and uninterrupted use thereof."

But the process didn't end there. The legislation faced many legal challenges, and additional rules and statues followed defining the beach boundary.

Organizers encourage those planning to attend to RSVP on Facebook at bit.ly/beachbirthdaybash. Parking is free under the Capitol Mall, accessible from Chemeketa Street NE. Meters surrounding the Capitol are not enforced on weekends.

For event information, call the Capitol's Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit the events page at oregoncapitol.com. For information on the history of the Beach Bill and other ways to celebrate this anniversary year, go to oregonbeachparty.org.

Example of dead cottonwood tree slated for removal at Hat Rock State Park
Example of dead cottonwood tree slated for removal at Hat Rock State Park
Four hazardous trees being removed from Hat Rock State Park (Photo) - 06/21/17

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 21, 2017

Media Contact:
Iris Benson, Park Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 541-983-2277, ext. 23

Four hazardous trees being removed from Hat Rock State Park

Hermiston OR -- A contractor is removing four mature hazardous cottonwood trees from Hat Rock State Park nine miles east of Umatilla. The trees are dead or dying, and are in a location frequented by many of the park's 300,000 annual visitors. The 720-acre park on the Columbia River is managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The contractor, Kelsy Garton Tree Service of Pendleton, Oregon, expects to remove the decaying trees by the end of the week, June 23. Some of the smaller wood will be chipped, but most of it will allowed to continue to decay naturally on the grounds. Portions of the park will be cordoned off for safety during the work, and visitors are reminded to respect any safety barriers and directions from park staff or contractors. Tree removal and other work on park vegetation will cost an estimated $8,500. Oregon's State Parks are funded by a combination of Oregon Lottery funds, a share of the recreation vehicle registration fee, and revenue from park visitors.

Hat Rock State Park (http://bit.ly/HatRockStatePark), rests on the south shore of Lake Wallula behind McNary Dam on the Columbia River. Hat Rock was the first distinctive landmark passed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on their journey down the Columbia in 1805, and is one of the few remaining such sites not underwater. The park features short trails, picnic areas, fishing, and a boat ramp.

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Grants awarded for historic cemetery projects throughout the state - 06/20/17

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 21 grants totaling $70,265 for projects across the state that support preservation of historic cemeteries. Projects range from monument repair to information kiosks and awards range from $390-$8,000.

Funded projects include:
* Monument repair.
* Placing markers on unmarked graves.
* Fence repair.
* Install kiosks with maps and historical information.
* Tree trimming and felling.
* Road repair.

Projects were awarded to Butteville Pioneer Cemetery, City of Canby, Coquille Indian Tribe, Crooked Finger Cemetery, Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery, Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, Gillespie Cemetery, Inc., Greenwood Hills Cemetery Maintenance Association, Kings Valley Cemetery Association, City of Klamath Falls, Lacomb Cemetery Association, Maple Grove Cemetery, Nehalem Valley Historical Society, Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery Association, City of Salem, St. Johns Lodge #17 Masonic Cemetery Association, Kirsten Straus, City of Ukiah, Wagner Creek Cemetery Association, Weston Cemetery Maintenance District #2, Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society.
This competitive grant program is for projects that support the preservation of historic cemeteries. The state designation of a historic cemetery is one that includes the burial of at least one person who died before February 14, 1909. It is a project of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries which is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grant or the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Attached Media Files: List of Cemetery Grant Awards
Grants awarded for museums throughout the state - 06/20/17

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 8 grants totaling $55,140 to museums across the state for collections, tourism or education related. Projects range from exhibits to collections housing and awards range from $4,000-$10,000.

Funded projects include:
* Baker Heritage Museum, in Baker City, for a Paint Your Wagon exhibit.
* Deschutes County Historical Society for exhibit lighting and window treatments at the Deschutes County Historical Museum in Bend.
* Douglas County Historical Society for a new HVAC system at the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg.
* High Desert Museum, near Bend, for the "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" exhibit and programming.
* Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, in Joseph, for an interactive interpretive kiosk.
* Oregon Historical Society to update the educational traveling trunks and develop new curriculum.
* Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, in Salem, for research into and care of 97 pieces of art, some produced by patients.
* Sheridan Museum of History for the installation of exhibits in the new museum.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying museums, and is offered annually in the spring. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Museum Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Attached Media Files: List of museum grant awards
Mel and Mary Magers
Mel and Mary Magers
Couple honored for host work at Kam Wah Chung (Photo) - 06/14/17

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has recognized Mel and Mary Magers as recipients of the 2016 Gen Angdahl Award, honoring outstanding park hosts. The Magers were one of eight nominees for the award.

Park rangers nominated them for last year's work at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site near John Day. The couple took the time to become more knowledgeable about Chinese-American history and promoted the park even while not working as hosts. The couple will return to Kam Wah Chung this season.

In the last six years, the couple have logged over 3,700 hours of service in six different locations.

Gen Angdahl was a longtime park host who logged over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. After her death in 1997, OPRD established the award as a way to honor her 10 years of service. It recognizes hosts for their outstanding volunteer contributions, including park maintenance and interpretive work.

Attached Media Files: Mel and Mary Magers
Historic Assessment Review Committee to meet June 20th in Salem - 06/09/17

he Historic Assessment Review Committee will meet at 10:00 am on June 20 at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A, Salem. Agenda items will include presentations, deliberation and committee decision on a single appeal of the State Historic Preservation Office denial for a significant interior modification for the William Bird/George Collins House at 296 14th St NE, Salem OR submitted by a property owner, Daniel Moore/Connie Strong participating in the Special Assessment Tax Benefit Program. The committee will invite public testimony.

State law established the five-member Historic Assessment Review Committee to be the review body for appeals from property owners participating in the Special Assessment Property Tax Program for Historic Properties.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Joy Sears at 503-986-0688 or by e-mail: Joy.Sears@oregon.gov.

State historic cemeteries commission seeks new members - 06/07/17

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill two open positions, one representing northeastern Oregon and one representing the Portland METRO area.

The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants, and history.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. 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 and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state and the Portland METRO area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before June 21, 2017.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. 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. More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org. If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in Redmond - 06/05/17

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on June 15-16 at Redmond City Hall, 411 SW 9th St, Redmond, 97756. All sessions will in the Civic Room beginning at 12:45 pm on June 15, and at 9 am on June 16.

The Committee will review proposed nominations for the Redmond Downtown Historic District, Peacock Lane Historic District in Portland, Crater Lake Rim Road, and individual properties in Roseburg, Merlin, Eugene, Portland, and Carlton. A meeting agenda is available 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 meeting may be made by calling (503) 986-0690. 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).

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet June 13-14 in Keizer and welcome three new commissioners - 06/05/17

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 5, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 | cell: 503-931-2590 // chris.havel@oregon.gov

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet June 13-14 in Keizer and welcome three new commissioners

Salem, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year June 13-14 at the Keizer Civic Center in Keizer, Oregon. In addition to the usual workshops and business agenda, three new commissioners are attending their first meeting.

On June 13, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. to tour a portion of the Willamette River Greenway, followed by a 1 p.m. work session and training at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, Oregon 97303.

On June 14, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the same location 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:

>> Designate the Sherar's Falls State Scenic Bikeway, a 33-mile loop near Maupin in north central Oregon. Oregon's 15 scenic bikeways recognize the best road biking in Oregon. http://bit.ly/sherarsbikewayplan

>> Approve a list of $15.3 million worth of major state park repairs and improvements planned for the July 2017-June 2019 budget period. The vast majority of large projects are funded by 7.5% of Oregon Lottery proceeds dedicated to state parks by Oregon voters in 1998 and 2010.

The seven volunteer commissioners are appointed by Governor and confirmed by the Senate. One commissioner is appointed from each of five congressional districts, plus one from east of the Cascade Mountains, and one from west of the Coast Range. Three of the seven commissioners have ended their terms: Brad Chalfant from Bend (District 2), Wendy Veliz from Wilsonville (District 5), and Robin Risley from Cannon Beach (West of Coast Range).

Stepping into new 4-year terms are Steve Grasty from Burns (District 2), Victoria Berger from Salem (District 5), and Doug Deur from Arch Cape (West of Coast Range).

"Brad, Wendy, and Robin each brought tremendous life experience and a passion for parks and heritage to the commission, and I thank them for their devotion to Oregon," said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption. "Steve, Victoria, and Doug are welcome additions to the family, and I look forward to their leadership."

Steve Grasty has both private business experience and served on the Harney County Court from 1995-2017. Active with volunteer organizations and on other state boards, Grasty brings both statewide and rural perspectives to the commission.

Victoria Berger also has private business experience, and served as State Representative for District 20 (Salem) from 2003-15 with stints on economic development, transportation, and revenue committees, among other assignments. A fourth-generation Oregonian, Berger professes a deep affection for parks and camping.

Douglas Deur is an Arch Cape resident with deep roots on the northern Oregon coast. Working from his home office, he serves as a research professor in the Portland State University Anthropology Department. Specializing in cultural heritage, Deur works closely with tribes and rural communities on historical and heritage issues, and has worked extensively with the National Park Service, including research on the life and legacy of Oregon's first state park superintendent--Sam Boardman--who served from 1929-1950.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/june2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Monday, June 5. 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.