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Oregon Main Street Welcomes New Performing Main Street Level Community - 04/24/18

Salem, Oregon, April 24, 2018 — Oregon Main Street just accepted the Downtown Estacada Commission at the Performing Main Street level  of the Oregon Main Street Network in recognition of their efforts to use the Main Street Approach® as a model for their downtown revitalization efforts. The Main Street Approach® is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important economic development tools. It is a practical program that helps a community build on their district’s unique assets.

When hearing the news, Nancy Hoffman, Main Street Manager, Downtown Estacada Commission, stated, “The Main Street program has helped the Estacada Development Association and now the Downtown Estacada Commission focus on revitalizing downtown Estacada. We are proud that every step has brought our downtown closer to our vision for a vibrant, thriving community.”

Estacada joins Albany, Alberta district in Portland, Astoria, Corvallis, La Grande, McMinnville, Oregon City, Roseburg, and The Dalles at the premier level of Oregon Main Street.

“We are very excited to have Estacada move to the Performing Main Street level. They are our first very small town to achieve this status,” said Sheri Stuart, coordinator, Oregon Main Street. “It has been exciting to watch the progress they have made over the past few years to engage community partners in revitalizing their historic downtown.”

Over the past few years, Oregon Main Street has seen an increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development across the state. Between 2010 and 2017, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels – the two highest levels in the OMS Network – saw an increase of 647 net new businesses, 3,367 net new jobs, 1,258 private sector building improvement projects representing $97.2 million of private sector reinvestment.

Communities participating at the Performing Main Street must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community’s architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective in implementing a comprehensive revitalization effort, as well as be a compact and pedestrian-oriented district. 

Acceptance into these levels allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, and receive local capacity building support. There isn’t a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street Network. Communities participating at the Performing Main Street level are also eligible for recognition as an accredited community by Main Street America™. 

Currently, there are over 80 communities participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Associate.  While not a pre-requisite for acceptance at the Performing Main Street level, Estacada previously participated at the Transforming Downtown level.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of Main Street America™. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street® town.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department seeks candidates for Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council - 04/24/18

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting applications for a seat on the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC). The ideal candidate will have experience in community engagement—especially to underserved groups or communities—and have an interest in trail planning and recreational trail opportunities on the Oregon coast.

Qualified candidates must submit an appointment interest form by June 1. The form is available online: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Documents/2017_ORTAC_Interest_Form.pdf

ORTAC advises OPRD and its allies on subjects related to the development and promotion of high quality, non-motorized recreational trail systems throughout Oregon. The council strives to create safe, sustainable trails for the well-being and enjoyment of Oregon’s residents and visitors.

Council members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and serve four-year terms. The seven-member council has representation from each congressional district, with at least two members from separate counties bordering the coast. ORTAC conducts four public meetings per year.

In addition to advising OPRD, council members are responsible for reviewing applications for state trail designations, representing ORTAC on a variety of other trail-related committees and helping develop the 10-year statewide Trails Plan.

For more information about serving on ORTAC, contact David Stipe at 503-509-4752 or david.stipe@oregon.gov.

Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet May 4 in Klamath Falls - 04/19/18

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 4 at Klamath Falls City Hall, 500 Klamath Ave., Klamath Falls. The meeting will be open to the public. 

On the agenda: presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about area trail projects; an update on the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation; a presentation on the review of the Umpqua River Greenway designation application; a discussion of the Doug Newman Award nominee; and the committee’s vision for trails statewide.

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council’s seven volunteer members are appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and represent the five Oregon congressional districts. ORTAC meets four times annually in different locations across the state. 

For more information about the meeting or ORTAC contact Nicole Sprecher, Administrative Support Specialist, at 503-986-0968, echer@oregon.gov">nicole.sprecher@oregon.gov. Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Nicole Sprecher at least three days in advance.

Friends of the Owyhee Adopts Succor Creek State Natural Area - 04/09/18

ADRIAN, Ore — The Friends of the Owyhee group recently signed an Adopt-A-Park agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).  This agreement formalizes recent efforts the group has been making toward the preservation and improvement of the Succor Creek State Natural Area. 

The area encompasses more than 5,000 acres south of Adrian, and the Succor Creek canyon runs through the property.  It is home to rare plants and animals and special geologic features, and it provides spectacular sight-seeing, hiking, rock hounding, camping and other outdoor recreational opportunities.

The Friends of the Owyhee have been assisting OPRD with invasive weed control and riparian area cleanup in recent years.  They have also organized and led multiple educational events to help others learn about the special natural characteristics of the area. 

“Through the Adopt-A Park agreement, we are hoping to work cooperatively to continue these activities, as well as work on restoring areas that have been damaged in recent years,” said Jim Hutton, manager of Succor Creek.

Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council meets April 24 in Salem - 04/09/18

The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its spring meeting 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. April 24.

The meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Room 124A, Salem.  

This meeting is free and open to the public. In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon’s16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails.

For more information on the Council or the meeting visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/ohtac.aspx or contact Tracy Louden, acy.Louden@oregon.gov">Tracy.Louden@oregon.gov or 503-986-0772.

Living history, exhibits highlight special Founders' Day at Champoeg May 5 (Photo) - 04/06/18

Champoeg State Heritage Area will host living history actors, a replica historic townsite and other family-friendly activities for the annual Founders’ Day celebration on Saturday, May 5. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the 1843 vote held in Champoeg that established the first provisional government west of the Mississippi River. The free event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“That vote began Oregon’s journey to statehood,” said Dan Klug, interpretive ranger at Champoeg State Heritage Area. “Founder’s Day celebrates that achievement and is great way for the whole family to learn more about the history of our state.”

Activities will include a reenacted fur trappers’ camp, replica historic townsite with building facades, tradesmen demonstrating 19th century techniques and a post office with souvenir post cards. A 1 p.m. ceremony to honor the original May 1843 voters will feature distinguished speakers, a mock vote and a rifle salute. The afternoon concludes with a live stage coach run delivering the souvenir post cards to the St. Paul post office.

Founders’ Day celebrates a vote held in Champoeg by local settlers on May 2, 1843. A large group gathered that day to decide the future of the Oregon territory. After a spirited debate, a slim majority voted “aye” to form Oregon’s first provisional government, laying the groundwork for Oregon’s statehood in 1859. Founders’ Day has been held annually at Champoeg since 1901.

Event parking at Champoeg State Heritage Area will be free. Light refreshments will be available after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. ceremony. For more information visit oregonstateparks.org or call 503-678-1251.

Scenic Bikeway Committee meets April 26 in Salem - 04/05/18

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Room 124, Salem. The meeting will be open to the public.

The only agenda item is the approval of a strategic plan.

The Scenic Bikeway Committee is an advisory group for the designation and management of scenic bikeways in Oregon. The committee's 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 contacting Alex Phillips, OPRD bikeways and waterways coordinator, at 503-986-0631.

Cemeteries sought for statewide cleanup - 04/04/18

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Oregon Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks.  Cemeteries all over the state, Canby to Coos Bay to Gold Hill will spruced up before Memorial Day. The cleanup is scheduled for May 12.

If you would like help getting volunteers out to your cemetery cleanup, join us for this statewide event. To have your cemetery included as a selection for volunteers, Contact Monica Gunderson at monica@solveoregon.org or over the phone at (503) 844-9571 ext. 336. Volunteers can also sign up now.

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. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Winners Announced - 04/03/18

Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 12 in Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

The recipients will be:

--The Agate, Jefferson County Historical Society’s local history journal distributed through the Madras Pioneer Paper to keep “history alive” while the museum is closed.

--John Goodenberger, for extraordinary dedication to preserving the physical and cultural heritage of Astoria through consultation, work with non-profits, and the creation of the Historic Preservation program at Clatsop Community College.

--Museum at Warm Springs, for 25 years of extraordinary work preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and serving as a model for cultural institutions seeking to preserve and honor indigenous cultures.

--Oregon Women Veterans Sculpture ‘the Lionesses,’ a memorial project in Springfield that honors women veterans and educates the community on the role of Oregon women in military combat, while providing a place for veterans to gather and reflect.

--“Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938-1942,” a public exhibition at the Architectural Heritage Center that paired Minor White’s photographs of Portland buildings later lost to demolition with architectural artifacts to encourage public understanding of architectural preservation.

--Sharon Nesbit, for chronicling the history and events of greater East Multnomah County for over half a century, including advocating for the preservation of the Multnomah County Poor Farm, Edgefield. 

--Stories of Southern Oregon, a project that documented heritage agriculture in five communities in Southern Oregon and serves as a prototype for further documentation work.

--Taylor’s Drug & Fountain Building, an example of excellence in restoring a building to its historical roots with original materials and extreme care.

--Lionel Youst, for enriching the Coos Bay community as an active and vital historian, author, researcher and heritage advocate whose work spans heritage preservation efforts.

Additionally, the Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation is given for a project, organization, or person for outstanding contribution in the preservation of Oregon historic cemeteries.

The award is named for Sally Donovan, who brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in Oregon. She developed historic cemetery planning and trained hundreds in the assessment, cleaning, and repair of monuments.

The 2018 recipient is:

--Valerie Vines Magee, for being instrumental in safety measures and the beautification of the Nehalem American Legion Cemetery.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The awards banquet will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sunriver Resort (17600 Center Dr, Sunriver) on the evening of Thursday, April 12. Special guests include Louie Pitt, Jr., Director of Governmental Affairs and Planning for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, who will share reflections on the heritage of Oregon “ewachanai”-the way it was yesterday, the way it is today, and the way it will be tomorrow.

Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on proposal to allow electric bicycles on certain trails - 04/03/18

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is proposing a rule change that would allow electric bicycles or “e-bikes” to be used on certain OPRD trails and roads. The proposed amendment would allow e-bikes to be used on trails and roads that are eight feet or wider, and along select areas of the ocean shore. OPRD invites public comments on the proposed rule change.

E-bikes are defined under Oregon law as vehicles that have electric motors under 1,000 watts and travel less than 20 mph. E-bikes are currently not allowed on OPRD managed roads or trails, but the proposed amendment would give state parks flexibility to govern e-bike use on park property.

For example e-bikes would not be allowed to operate on coastal trails within western snowy plover management areas, but may have leeway on trails that narrow from the eight feet or wider rule.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 18, 2018. Comments can be submitted online at www.oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx; in writing to OPRD, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem; via email to E.publiccomment@oregon.gov">OPRE.publiccomment@oregon.gov; or by attending a public hearing 6-8 p.m. on these days:

—April 23 at Hood River Public Library, 502 E State St., Hood River

—April 24 at Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Ochoco Rm, 3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond

—April 25 at North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St., Room 124, Salem

—April 30 at Bandon Public Library, 1204 11th St. SW, Bandon

—May 1 at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St., Newport

—May 7 at Warrenton Community Center, 170 SW Third St., Warrenton

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-010-0015, 736-010-0026, 736-021-0030 and 736-021-0065 is available online at oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx.

OPRD will review all submitted comments and present a final recommended rule to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission will review the rule at its June 2018 meeting.

Those needing special accommodations to attend a public hearing must contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD legislative and policy coordinator, at 503-947-8625 or Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov at least three days before the desired hearing.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department now accepting applications for Recreational Trail Program grants - 04/02/18

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has opened the grant cycle for the 2018 Recreational Trails Program (RTP). More than $2.6 million in federally-funded grants is available to construct, expand and improve public trails for motorized and non-motorized use.

Eligible applicants include local governments, park districts, state and federal agencies, Tribal governments, nonprofits and other government entities that manage public recreation trails. Nonprofits must demonstrate partnerships with land managers and be a registered 501(c)(3) in Oregon for at least three years prior to the application date.

Grant funds are available for these project types: construction, heavy restoration, trailhead facilities, equipment purchases, land or easement acquisitions, safety and education, trail assessment for accessibility or maintenance, and water trails.

The deadline for letters of intent is April 30. The deadline for grant applications is June 15. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply online: https://oprdgrants.org. Returning applicants can log in using their email address. New applicants must request an account via the online application system.

OPRD provides in-person workshops and a webinar to familiarize applicants with the RTP grant process. Materials from the most recent webinar—PDF presentation slides and a video recording—are here: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/trails_apply.aspx. The final in-person workshop will be held April 5, 10 a.m. to noon in La Grande. Registration is required for the workshop. Contact Jodi Bellefeuille, RTP grant coordinator, at ellefeuille@oregon.gov">jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov. Content for the workshops and the webinar is the same.

More information about RTP can be found online: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/trails_more.aspx. Additional questions can be directed to Jodi Bellefeuille, RTP grant coordinator, at ellefeuille@oregon.gov">jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 17-18 in Lincoln City - 04/02/18

Lincoln City, Ore. — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 17-18, 2018 in Pacific City and Lincoln City, Oregon.

On April 17, Commissioners will tour Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and soon-to-open Sitka Sedge State Natural Area. An afternoon training and work session will follow the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City.

On April 18, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Surftides Lincoln City, 2945 NW. Jetty Ave., to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes requests to:

  • Approve an estimated $3.6 million in grants for parks and recreation projects as part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program. Information on the grant program is online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/grants/pages/lwcf.aspx
  • Approve several rule changes, including adding a new rule that would allow tribes access to ATV grant programs.
  • Appoint new members to the ATV Advisory Committee and the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council.

The draft agenda and meeting packet are listed at http://bit.ly/april2018agenda. People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Denise Warburton burton@oregon.gov">denise.warburton@oregon.gov. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Warburton by email, or call 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.

Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee to meet April 12 in Salem - 03/29/18

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee (OORC) will meet 8:00 a.m. to 5:05 p.m. on April 12 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 510 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting will be open to the public.

OORC will spend the bulk of the meeting evaluating grant applications for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Sixteen applicants are scheduled to make presentations to the committee. The meeting agenda: LWCF grant program overview, applicant presentations, presentation evaluation and scoring, and establishing an application priority list.

OORC is made up of nine members appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. Committee members represent a variety of interests: counties, cities, parks and recreation districts, metro and port districts, people with disabilities, Tribal governments and the public at large.

LWCF grants provide matching funds to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this national grant has awarded more than $60 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities.

For more information contact Michele Scalise, lead grant program coordinator, at 503-986-0708 or Michele.Scalise@oregon.gov. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Scalise at least three days in advance.

Two state heritage commissions to meet April 11 in Bend - 03/28/18

 The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. in separate locations. The Heritage Commission will be at the Liberty Theater at 849 NW Wall St. The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at Visit Bend at 750 NW Lava Rd #160. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations and translation may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda includes selection of officers, establishment of committees, and other heritage topics. 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 eth.dehn@oregon.gov">beth.dehn@oregon.gov .

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, statewide cemetery clean-up days, and other topics related to historic cemeteries. State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at i.gill@oregon.gov">kuri.gill@oregon.gov

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

Five Oregon Heritage Conference Sessions Open to Public in Bend - 03/28/18

Five sessions of the Oregon Heritage Conference will be free and open to the public on April 13 at the Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend OR. The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people from across Oregon who work with and support Oregon’s heritage for three days of meetings, workshops, and sessions. The public is invited to participate in the following free sessions without registering for the conference.

From 9:35-10:50 a.m. the Oregon Heritage Fellows and the Women’s History Consortium’s Junior Fellow will present their research findings at the “Oregon Students Researching Oregon” session. Emerging scholars will present on an investigation into women convicted of homicide in Oregon, archaeological work using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) in the Willamette Valley, and the historic preservation of structures located in federally designated wilderness areas in Oregon.

From 10:50 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Jennifer Joyce, McMenamins artist, and Kerry Conroy, McMenamins historian, will present a plenary session titled, “Historic Surrealism: the Intersection between McMenamins Art & History.” This fun and casual program will address why McMenamins has historians and artists, how the two departments work together, ways in which their process has evolved over the years, and how this return-on-investment is measured. Presentation includes a slideshow and discussion of the artist’s work at Old St. Francis School.

From 12:30- 1:45 p.m. archaeologists Sarah Silbernagel, Scott Thomas, BLM, and David Ellis, Willamette CRA will present “Recent Discoveries in Oregon Archaeology: A Reason to Preserve Sites.” Studying the remnants of past human activity intact within original surroundings is the best way for archaeologists to piece together the scientific, ethnographic, historical, and geographical data they need to learn about the past, but sites are sometimes eroded by natural and human causes. In this session, learn about recent discoveries made possible by State and federal archaeological laws that outline a process to preserve and gather information from archaeological sites.

From 2:15- 3:30 p.m. archaeologists Pat O’Grady, University of Oregon, Chelsea Rose, Southern Oregon University, Jamie French, State Historic Preservation Office, and John Pouley, State Historic Preservation Office, will present “Interacting with Archaeology.” Many people don’t know about the volume and impact of archaeological work that goes on every day in Oregon, but some communities are using public archaeology to promote community involvement. Presenters will share public engagement projects including investigations at a Chinese Shrine in Salem, the 1884 Jacksonville fire, and the Applegate homestead.

From 2:15- 3:30 p.m. in McMenamins Father Luke’s Room, State Historic Preservation Office staff will engage participants in a session titled, “Significant Places: Setting National Register Priorities in Oregon.” This interactive session will be participant-driven and include small and large group discussions to generate ideas on new partners and approaches for promoting a more inclusive and thematically representative National Register of Historic Places list.

The Oregon Heritage Conference April 11-13 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.

To find more information and register for the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx.

Historic downtown Oregon City
Historic downtown Oregon City
Downtown Oregon City Association Named Winner of 2018 Great American Main Street Award (Photo) - 03/27/18

Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA), an Oregon Main Street Network participant, is one of the three winners of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) presented by National Main Street Center Inc., the country's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to commercial district revitalization. Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, the award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The association was recognized for its role in harnessing the community's entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate the local economy and drive investment in their downtown. The awards were made possible through support from U.S. Bank and were announced and presented at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City on March 26, 2018.

"Oregon City wowed our jury this year," said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. "From the natural splendor of its surroundings, to its fascinating history, to the cluster of dynamic downtown businesses, Oregon City is a special community made even more impressive by the efforts of the Downtown Oregon City Association."

Oregon City, known as the first incorporated city in the American West and the official end of the Oregon Trail, has undergone an inspiring revival. The town's evolution -- from pioneer's oasis in the 19th century, to industrial center in the 20th century, to the dynamic cultural destination residents and visitors enjoy today -- is a testament to a deeply-rooted local entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to continuous growth.

This transformation has occurred in the face of hardships that are an all too familiar story in once-thriving industrial towns, including the closing of one of the town's major employers, a disruptive streetscape project, and the departure of county administrative offices. Over the last decade, under the auspices of DOCA, the city has seen nearly $42 million invested in the downtown district's buildings, streetscapes, and infrastructure, in addition to over two-dozen new business openings and close to 900 net new jobs.

"Once a district filled with taverns catering to a now-defunct paper mill, Downtown Oregon City is now an emerging and vibrant destination. It is a transformation that began with catalytic investments in the streetscape and facade grant programs which have attracted a diverse group of independent businesses," said Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of the Downtown Oregon City Association.

A city of "firsts," Oregon City is home to 90 percent first-time owner or family-operated businesses. DOCA helps foster this entrepreneurial spirit by strategically recruiting new potential businesses and providing close support to existing businesses to help them thrive. Visitors and residents enjoy the fruits of this labor at a number of unique local outposts, including seven local breweries and cideries, an award-winning bakery, and a fifth-generation family-owned fish shop.

"It has been my pleasure to work with DOCA since 2009. I have worked with hundreds of main street communities in 24 states over the 27 years at the state, local, and national level," said Sheri Stuart, coordinator of Oregon Main Street, "The transformation of their downtown in a relatively short amount of time is nothing short of amazing, especially since their revitalization efforts began at the start of the economic downturn."

About the Oregon Main Street Network
Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town. Between 2010 and 2017, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels -- the two highest levels in the OMS Network -- saw an increase of 647 net new businesses, 3,367 net new jobs, 1,258 private sector building improvement projects representing $97,218,322 of private sector reinvestment.

About the National Main Street Center
The National Main Street Center has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts since 1980. Today's network consists of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, collectively known as Main Street America, which share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About the Great American Main Street Awards
Each year, Main Street America, a program of the National Main Street Center, celebrates the country's best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization. Winners are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants by a national jury based on successful and innovative uses of the Main Street Approach(R). Criteria for winning include: strength of the Main Street in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit; commitment to historic preservation; implementation of model partnerships, and demonstrated success of the Main Street Approach(R). The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.