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Whale Watching Week kicks off Dec. 27 on Oregon coast - 12/18/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) again is hosting Whale Watch Week Dec. 27-31 at 24 designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help visitors spot gray whales heading south.

Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org.

Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to oregonstateparks.org to check availability and make a reservation.

OPRD reminds visitors to be aware of winter storms and high waves--respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.
Free First Day Hike at Willamette Mission State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Salem OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Willamette Mission State Park will host a special hike and youth scavenger hunt. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: Two hikes: 10-11 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Starting location: Main entrance flagpole loop
Terrain and length of trail: Easy 2-mile hike with one short hill
Contact information: Bonny Shepard, 503-393-1172, ext. 26
Additional details: Hike on the Bark Trail and see the nation's largest Black Cottonwood tree. Learn about native plants and see leaf artwork. Youth are encouraged to participate in a Wildlife and Plant Scavenger Hunt.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Portland OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go tobit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 9-11 a.m. Starting location: Nature Center
Length of trail: Moderately difficult 3-mile trail with 300-foot elevation change and diverse topography
Contact information: 503-636-9886, Ext. 223
Additional details: Identify wildlife on this invigorating hike through the forest and along a stream. Enjoy snacks donated by Clif Bars and a commemorative pin provided by OPRD.
Restrictions: Program is appropriate for all ages, but children must be accompanied

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Buxton OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 9-11 a.m.; meet at 8:30 a.m. for snacks and refreshments
Starting location: Hilltop Day-Use Area picnic shelter
Terrain and length of trail: 3 miles on a gravel and dirt trail with 2-8 percent elevation gains
Contact information: Ranger Allie Westfall, 503-724-8429
Additional details: Ranger-led hike on the Unfit Settlement View Trail to the highest point in the park. For a self-guided option, visit the Discovery Depot at the Welcome Center. Learn a secret phrase at the viewpoint that can be passed on for a memento.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Silver Falls State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Silverton OR - For the third year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Silver Falls State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10-11 a.m.
Starting location: Porch of the South Falls Lodge
Terrain and length of trail: 3/4 of a mile--gains 177 feet on paved and gravel surfaces
Contact information: 503-874-0201
Additional details: Ranger-led "Layers of History" hike. Trek behind the South Falls and discover the powerful geologic processes that formed the waterfall and the many intriguing people who shaped the park's history.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Rooster Rock State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Bridal Veil OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Rooster Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Starting location: Far east end of parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: 2 miles with slight elevation gain and some uneven surfaces
Contact information: 503-695-2261
Additional details: Ranger-led nature hike on loop trail. Be prepared for cold and wind.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at North Santiam State Recreation Area on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at North Santiam State Recreation Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 11:30 a.m.
Starting location: North Santiam Picnic Shelter
Terrain and length of trail: Easy to moderate, 1.5 miles
Contact information: 503-854-3406
Additional details: Ranger-led nature hike through the forest and along the Santiam River. Hot cocoa and dog lunch after the hike.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter or Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Milo McIver State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Estacada OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Milo McIver State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Starting location: Lower boat ramp of Riverbend Day-Use Area
Trail: Well-maintained 1.8-mile loop with slight elevation gain
Contact information: 503-887-3160
Additional details: Join Ranger Shaw for a hike to look for wildlife and identify wild edibles found within the park.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or by tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Independence OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at
Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go tobit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Starting location: North Luckiamute trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: 3-mile easy trail
Contact information: 971-239-8331
Additional details: Explore a low and riparian forest and enjoy bird and wildlife viewing.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike on Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Mosier OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Starting location: Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead on Rock Creek Road in Mosier
Terrain and length of trail: Paved, flat surface with 500-foot elevation change--3 miles
Contact information: 541-374-8811
Additional details: Take in views of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about its history and geology on a hike to the Twin Tunnels. Look for eagles, osprey, hawks and deer. Be prepared for possible icy conditions. Trail is suitable for strollers.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter or Instagram's or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day horseback ride at Elijah Bristow State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Elijah Bristow State Park will offer a special "equestrian hike" for horseback riders.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: Staggered starts beginning at 10 a.m.
Starting location: Equestrian staging area
Terrain and length of trail: Gravel and dirt trail about 5 miles, with longer option
Contact information: 541-912-5827
Additional details: Bring your own horse for a ride with Ranger Sean "Mule Skinner" Stewart. Be prepared for wet and muddy conditions. Trail route includes bridges.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter or Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Champoeg State Heritage Area on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Newberg OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: Two hikes: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting location: Visitor Center
Length of trail: Easy, mostly flat 4-mile hike
Contact information: Ranger Dan Klug, 503-678-1251 ext. 222 or daniel.klug@state.or.us
Additional details: Ranger-led hike for all ages. Go back in time by hiking through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Valley of the Rogue State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Gold Hill OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Valley of the Rogue State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 11 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Program area
Terrain and length of trail: A relatively flat, easy 2-mile trail along the Rogue River
Contact information: 541-582-1118
Additional details: Walk along the River's Edge Trail and watch for wildlife

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Tou Velle State Recreation Site on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Central Point OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Tou Velle State Recreation Site is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: 11:00 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Picnic Area A
Length of trail: 1.5 miles
Contact information: 541-660-7344
Additional details: Easy, all-ages hike on the Toue Velle Rivers Edge Trail. Learn about the Rogue Valley in the 1850s. Pets on leashes are welcome.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or
binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Smith Rock State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Terrebonne OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Smith Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time:10:00 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Welcome Center (green yurt)
Terrain and length of trail:1.5 miles, moderately difficult with about 200 feet elevation gain.
Contact information: 541-548-7501
Additional details: Bring binoculars for this wildlife hike along the Crooked River that passes by a Golden Eagle nests. Suitable for age 7 and older.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.
Free First Day Hike at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Reedsport OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10-11 a.m.
Starting location: Lake Marie day-use parking lot
Length of trail: Easy, 1 mile
Contact information: (541) 271-4118
Additional details: Hike around Lake Marie, a pleasant adventure for all ages.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at South Beach State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Newport OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at South Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat paved or dirt path--2 1/4 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-1578
Additional details: Hike through scenic coastal foredunes and forested wetlands and come back on the beach, weather permitting.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike on OC & E Woods Line State Trail on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Klamath Falls OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at OC & E Woods Line State Trail is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Starting location: Switchbacks near summit of Bliss Road south of Sprague River. If you need directions, please meet at the Olene Trailhead (across from the Olene Store) at the snow plow at 10:20 a.m. We will caravan out of Olene at 10:30 a.m. to the Switchbacks.
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, 3-mile hike with options to turn around at the ?1/2-mile and 1-mile points.
Contact information: (541) 783-2471 ext. 21 or (541) 883-5558
Additional details: Learn about the Switchbacks and the Devil's Garden and join the campfire at the start and end of the hike. If there's snow, bring your snow shoes or cross country skis.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Joseph OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10-11 a.m.
Starting location: Parking area next to the highway
Terrain and length of trail: Gravel with a grade greater than 6% and possible ice and snow--approximately 1 mile
Contact information: (541) 432-8855 ext. 24
Additional details: Ranger-led hike with views of the Wallowa Mountains. Estimated time: 30-45 minutes, depending upon snow depth.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Florence OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: noon-2 p.m.
Starting location: West Woahink Meeting Hall
Length of trail: 2 miles, moderate difficulty. May be difficult for children under 7 years old
Contact information: (541) 997-3851
Additional details: Explore the new Woahink Lake Trail

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Harris Beach State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Brookings OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special bike hike to take place at Harris Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Bring your bike to the booth parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Bicycling on the new portion of Brookings Bike Path to Chetco Point and back, 6 miles
Contact information: (541) 469-0224

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Fort Stevens State Park State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Hammond OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Fort Stevens State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only
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These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 9-11 a.m.
Starting location: Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Approximately 2 miles on unimproved natural and improved paved trails with some elevation gains¬--appropriate for children 10 years and older.
Contact information: (503) 861-3170, ext. 21
Additional details: Theme of the hike is "Fort Stevens: Natural Gem and Coastal Defensive Shield." Please leave pets at home.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Meacham OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: noon-1 p.m.
Starting location: Park community building
Terrain and length of trail: 1 mile on dirt or packed snow
Contact information: (541) 983-2277
Additional details: Open for hiking or snowshoeing.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Ecola State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Cannon Beach OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Ecola State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Starting location: Ecola Point park lot near Indian Beach trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: Mix of steep grades, uneven terrain and trail sections that border steep areas--three miles round trip
Contact information: (503) 368-5943
Additional details: Breathtaking views of the Oregon Coast along Tillamook Head. Hikers may break for lunch on the beach and return on their own.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at D River State Recreation Site on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Lincoln City OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at D River State Recreation Site is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 11-1 p.m.
Starting location: Wayside parking area near beach entrance
Terrain and length of trail: Level depending on sand conditions--about 1 mile
Contact information: (541) 994-7341
Additional details: Ranger-led hike from D River south to Olivia Beach. Learn about invasive species containment, treasure hunting and birding. We'll provide bags for those wanting to pick up debris. Bring gloves.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Moro OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Cottonwood Canyon State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Starting location: Day-use visitor center
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, 2-mile hike with some uneven ground
Contact information: (541) 394-0002
Additional details: Learn about the development of the park from cattle ranch to the present, and find out about future plans.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Florence OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 1-2 p.m.
Starting location: Campground host site
Terrain and length of trail: Mostly flat, 1-mile
Contact information: (541) 547-3416, ext. 229
Additional details: Uncover the mysteries of the China Creek Ranch on this hike led by a local historian.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Cape Lookout State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Netarts OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Cape Lookout State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: noon-3 p.m.
Starting location: Cape Lookout trailhead parking lot (2?3/4 miles south of the campground)
Terrain and length of trail: Dirt and gravel with rolling elevation (400 feet up and down)
5 miles (3 hours)
Contact information: (503) 842-3182, ext. 226
Additional details: Hike the Cape Trail with great views of the coastline for gray whale and bird watching.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Bullards Beach State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Bandon OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Bullards Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Starting location: Campground amphitheater
Terrain and length of trail: Mostly flat trail with some uneven surfaces on asphalt/wood chips--approximately 2 miles (1?1/2 hours) round-trip
Contact information: (541) 260-4944
Additional details: Ranger-led interpretive nature hike along the Pearl Trail to the beach and back.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Beverly Beach State Park on Jan. 1 - 12/17/14
Newport OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Beverly Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10 a.m.-noon
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat--2 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-9127
Additional details: Interpretive nature hike along Spencer Creek with a chance to see wildlife. Coffee or tea available after the hike.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be e-mailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free guided First Day Hikes return to state parks on Jan. 1 - 12/16/14
Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to ring in 2015 by participating in one of 31 guided hikes to take place in state parks on New Year's Day. This is the fourth year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 940 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.

OPRD will waive the day-use parking fees on Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit. 29 parks are participating in First Day Hikes this year:

Portland Metro area:

* L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Hilltop Day-use Area picnic shelter
* Milo McIver State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at lower boat ramp of Riverbend Day-use Area
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Nature Center

Columbia River Gorge:

* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--meet at Mark O. Hatfield East trailhead in Mosier
* Rooster Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. --meet at far east end of parking lot

Willamette Valley/Cascades:

* Champoeg State Heritage Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.--meet at visitor center
* Elijah Bristow State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.--bring your horse and meet at equestrian staging area
* Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m.--meet at north trailhead
* North Santiam State Recreation Area, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet at North Santiam picnic shelter
* Silver Falls State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet on porch of South Falls Lodge
* Willamette Mission State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.--meet at main entrance flagpole loop

Southern Oregon:

* Tou Velle State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-noon--meet at picnic area A
* Valley of the Rogue State Park, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.--meet at program area

Coast:

* Beverly Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at day-use parking area
* Bullards Beach State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at the campground amphitheater
* Cape Lookout State Park, noon-3 p.m.--meet at Cape Trail trailhead parking lot 2.75 miles south of campground
* Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, 1-2 p.m.--meet in front of campground host site and wood bin
* D River State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet in wayside parking area near beach entrance
* Ecola State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.¬--meet at the Ecola Point parking lot near Indian Beach trailhead.
* Fort Stevens State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
* Harris Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. --bring your bike and meet at booth parking lot.
* Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, noon -2 p.m.--meet at West Woahink Meeting Hall
* South Beach State Park, 9-10:30 a.m.--meet at day-use parking area
* Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet at Lake Marie day-use parking lot

Central/Eastern Oregon:

* OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the Switchbacks near summit of Bliss Road south of Sprague River
* Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.--meet at day-use visitor center
* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, noon-1 p.m.--meet at community building
* Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, 10-11 a.m.--meet at parking area next to Highway 82
* Smith Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at welcome center yurt

Many of the First Day Hikes will be interpretive presentations focusing on local wildlife, plant species, geology, or history. Unique hikes this year include a "bring-your-own-horse" hike/ride that will be led by a ranger on a mule, a beach debris pickup hike, and a bike hike. Some parks will be offering light refreshments or warm drinks to participants at the completion of the event. To get more details about specific hikes, including directions to the park and a description of the length and terrain, visit bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.

OPRD reminds those planning to join a hike on the 1st to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring along water as well as a camera and/or binoculars. In case of inclement weather, each park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation--phone numbers are available online.

More information about Oregon state parks is available at www.oregonstateparks.org.
Lostine Pharmacy
Lostine Pharmacy
Lostine Pharmacy listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 12/15/14
In 1900, locally-prominent businessman and leader Simon L. McKenzie and his son Kenneth constructed and opened the two-story Bowlby stone Lostine Pharmacy during a period of growth in the small community of Lostine. A prominent building within town, the Pharmacy building also briefly hosted the first professional medical office, staffed by Dr. Eberle Randolph Seeley. At the turn of the century, pharmacies filled a particularly critical role by offering both a wide variety of medications and merchandise, including hardware and toiletries, among other items.

The Pharmacy building also served as the home of Lostine Masonic Lodge #123, which held meetings on the second floor from 1906 until 1962. One of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations, freemasonry is based on a history of stone masonry and teachings derived from the craft. Members gathered to socialize, organized community-wide events, and supported the welfare of their fellow Masons. The Lostine Pharmacy building was recently restored as a local restaurant, and is again a community gathering place.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at its June 2014 meeting. Twenty-one properties in Wallowa County are now 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).
Siskiyou Smokejumper Base
Siskiyou Smokejumper Base
Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District Expanded (Photo) - 12/15/14
The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District in Cave Junction, Oregon was recently expanded to include the crew residence area, recognizing the 1954 barracks, bathhouse, and exercise area as part of this historically significant site.

Reflective of the early developmental stage of Forest Service smokejumping, the Siskiyou Smokejumber Base served as an example for operations and training along the Pacific Coast, influencing the development of bases in Redding, California and Redmond, Oregon. The portion of the facility previously listed on November 17, 2006 includes the core resources most closely related to firefighting activities, including the Parachute Loft. The inclusion of the historically-associated crew residence area immediately south of the listed district provides a greater historic and physical context for the district as a whole, illustrating the daily activities associated with housing, feeding, training, and entertaining fire crews stationed at the base. The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base currently operates as a museum and is open to the public.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the boundary increase at their June 2014 meeting. Over 55 properties in Josephine County are now 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).
Cornucopia Jailhouse
Cornucopia Jailhouse
Cornucopia Jailhouse listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 12/15/14
The c.1885 Cornucopia Jailhouse was originally built at the former Allentown site, upslope from Pine Valley, to meet the community's need to establish and maintain general law-and-order in the quickly-growing gold-mining boom town. Along with Allentown's residents and buildings, the rustic two-story wood-frame Jailhouse moved upslope and closer to the most productive mines to Cornucopia in 1889.

While Cornucopia was not as lawless as many other notorious frontier communities, the Jailhouse was an important institution that fostered stability in a town with numerous saloons and bordellos, and served as a temporary holding place for disorderly citizens and criminals waiting for trial. As the last remaining public building in one of Baker County's most significant mining communities, the Jailhouse is the key resource representing the history and governance of this former mining community.
Coastal storm prompts beach safety alert - 12/11/14
A winter storm promising strong winds and high waves along the coast this afternoon has prompted the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to issue a safety alert for coast visitors.

"The mix of high winds and heavy rains will bring storm watchers and beachcombers to the coast," said OPRD Safety Specialist Robert Smith. "We want to remind them of a few tips to stay safe."

He asks beachgoers to respect closures, stay off the sand, and watch the storm from an elevated location well above the action.

"The sandy beach is the last place you want to be during these storms," Smith said. "When you visit the beach, respect the ocean and be aware of your surroundings."

Beach access closures are posted at the bottom of Oregon State Parks Advisories page: http://bit.ly/parkadvisories. Beach safety tips, videos and information on the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents are at www.oregonbeachsafety.org.
Heceta Head Lighthouse will be dark in December for repairs - 12/10/14
The Heceta Head Lighthouse light will be out for several weeks to repair the lens. The lighthouse will be open for daytime tours 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., depending on staffing and weather conditions. The lighthouse will not be open for night tours during Heceta Head Lightstation's annual Victorian Christmas Open House on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Oregon State Parks hired Bandon-based Reese Electric and Eugene-based Welch's Machine Works to repair the carriage wheel mechanism. Repairs are estimated to cost $5,000-$10,000, paid for by the Heceta Head Lighthouse donations account.
Bikeweay user survey ends in two weeks - 12/10/14
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways. As part of their information gathering, the two organizations want cyclists to respond to an online survey by Dec. 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways - offering Oregon's "best of the best" road routes - and the feedback can make them even better.

Travel Oregon and OPRD want to hear how often people ride the Scenic Bikeways and get feedback on what people thought of them.

The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScenicBikewaySurvey1

Anyone who has ridden a bicycle on any one of the 12 designated bikeways is requested to participate in this survey. The responses will be kept confidential and be used for statistical purposes only. The survey takes about 10 minutes and the results will help improve the Oregon cycling experience for all.


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Attached Media Files: News release
Oregon Heritage Commission to meet by phone Dec. 16 - 12/08/14
The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 by teleconference. Agenda items include issues related to Oregon cultural heritage sites, organizations and activities. The public listening room will be at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem.

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.

More information about the Heritage Commission and the meeting is available at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673.

The meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by phoning 503-986-0690.
Attached Media Files: News release
Historic Cemeteries Commission releases publications on three topics - 12/02/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries released today three new publications related to photography, funerary folk art and development around historic cemeteries.

The publications include two position papers:
-- "Recommendations Concerning Development Around Historic Cemeteries" is a summary of best practices summary to consider for the preservation of historic cemeteries with construction or land disturbance occurring nearby.
-- "Filming and Photography in Historic Cemeteries" outlines recommendations for cemetery managers in establishing rules and ethical practices for photographers.

The new Heritage Bulletin discusses "Funerary Folk Art and the Concrete Alternative." It details various "non-traditional" marker materials and provides instruction for creating a long-lasting concrete marker.

The Historic Cemeteries Commission has released other position papers and Heritage Bulletins for the care and preservation of Oregon's historic cemeteries. The commission also offers annual marker repair trainings and grants for cemetery project.

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. To read the papers or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Oregon State Fair Council will meet in Salem Dec. 4, 2014 - 12/02/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Fair Council will meet at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem on Dec. 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.

The agenda includes electing council officers for 2015, discussion of a proposed operational plan for the 2015 state fair and approval of a contract for management of the 2015 fair.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact Brenda Schorr at 503-986-0788 at least three days in advance.

The full agenda is online at http://oregonstatefaircouncil.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/state-fair-council-agenda-12-04-14.pdf.
Give the gift of Oregon State Parks with 12-month parking permit - 12/01/14
What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon's state parks? From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25--a $5 discount from the regular price of $30.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. "This permit is a gateway to ocean views, lighthouses, waterfalls, scenic trails and more. It's the perfect gift for anyone who frequently visits state parks," said OPRD Director Lisa Van Laanen.

OPRD also offers a 24-month pass for $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30--regularly $35--in December.

The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits, coastal passports and OPRD gift certificates can be purchased by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center, 1-800-551-6949. Callers may use debit or credit cards that have VISA or MasterCard logos.

Walk-in customers can buy the OPRD permits at major OPRD offices, some state park friends' group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state, listed under the Visit tab at OregonStateParks.org. The coastal passports are sold at some coastal state parks, federal agency offices and local vendors in several coastal communities.
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Silverton, Wilsonville residents appointed to state cemeteries commission - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa VanLaanen has appointed Jeanean Craig of Silverton and Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Craig, a lawyer, was appointed in the spring and is interested in the historical records and legal issues related to Oregon's historic cemeteries. Lehan, appointed this fall, has worked with several historic cemeteries. She is familiar with burial documentation, genealogy and other cemetery issues.

"The commission is pleased to welcome both Craig and Lehan, both of whom are looking forward to supporting people and organizations taking care of historic cemeteries," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "Both will be great additions to the commission."

The commission is seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Trey Batey of Medford, Mike Leamy of Astoria and Eirik Thorsgard of Grand Ronde. For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.


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State Park Camping Discounts to Change in 2015 - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) today announced that it will replace its across-the-board "discovery season" discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015. The discounts are still in effect now through April 30, 2015, and reduce tent and RV campsite costs by $4 per night. The annual discount was created nearly 20 years ago, and is offered at all state park campgrounds in Oregon.

"Discovery Season has done its job," said Chris Havel, OPRD Associate Director. "It was great way to introduce yurts to Oregonians and to encourage fall and winter camping, but we now need to move away from a 'one size fits all' discount." He cited a continuing decline in Lottery revenue as part of the reason for the move. Nearly all of OPRD's funding comes from user fees, a portion of RV licensing revenue, and 7.5 percent of net Lottery proceeds.

Before discounts, Oregon state park campsites cost $17-19 a night for tents, and $22-26 for RVs. Together with parking revenue, visitors contribute $21 million of the $48 million a year it takes to operate state parks. OPRD estimates that returning to a year round rate structure with targeted discounts could translate into an additional $400,000-500,000 a year.

Havel said that campers will begin to see a new type of discount in 2015 and beyond. "We love the idea of discounts and rewards for our customers. But we have to be much more targeted," he said. "It makes better business sense to offer incentives that attract campers to sites that would normally sit empty, instead of discounting sites that would fill anyway."

Havel said that customers have long asked for ways to make last minute decisions about camping. "With service improvements in our reservation system, for example, we can better anticipate where last-minute vacancies will be, and we can then make those spots available at a special rate." He also noted that effective January 1, 2015, customers will be able to reserve campsites from nine months to just one day before their trip. Currently, that reservation "window" is two days, not one. "It's a small change, but it means you can call on a Thursday and book your entire weekend stay."

OPRD contracts with Reserve America, a centralized online reservation service that handles 49 public and private park systems across the U.S. Customers can also reserve campsites by calling OPRD's call center in Portland at 1-800-452-5687 during regular business hours.