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Two state heritage boards to meet - 05/25/16
Two state heritage boards will meet June 6 to make grant awards. The meetings of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Heritage Commission are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.


The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Museum Grants, 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 Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .


The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet by conference call at 1 p.m. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grants, legislative update, planning of future events, and other topics related to historic cemeteries. The meeting can be attended electronically at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/195518341 or by phoning the conference call at 1?877?402?9757 and then entering the access code: 4605348

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 kuri.gill@oregon.gov

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org
Attached Media Files: News release
Free camping and day use on Saturday, June 4 for State Parks Day - 05/25/16
State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free Saturday, June 4 in celebration of State Parks Day.

Camping is free the night of June 4 in traditional sites -- full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water), and tent sites. Parking is free both June 4 and June 5 at the 26 parks that charge a day-use parking fee.

Campsite reservations may be made by calling 800-452-5687 before 5 p.m. June 3. Or, reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org. While the campsite rental is free, an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee still applies. Of the 52 state park campgrounds, 42 take reservations.

"State Parks Day is our way of thanking Oregonians for their commitment to our state parks," said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption. "We invite Oregonians to come out and explore a new park or visit an old favorite."

The Oregon State Legislature established Oregon State Parks Day in 1997 to focus public attention on Oregon's state park system. The event is always the first Saturday in June.

Parks throughout the state will host activities including guided hikes--Saturday, June 4 is also National Trails Day--plus open houses, tours, special barbecues and guest appearances by J.R. Beaver, Oregon State Parks mascot.

Silver Falls State Park east of Salem will have free refreshments, a guided waterfall tour and its annual Foot Race Challenge, with a 5K, 6-mile and kids' race. Stub Stewart State Park west of Portland will host a volunteer work party in the morning, followed by free lunch at Hilltop Day-use Area, a guided bike ride, scavenger hunt, skins and skulls display and more. See a fur trappers' encampment at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Walk among the tents and work stations, ask questions of the interpreters and watch demonstrations of trapping, shooting, cooking and packing for the fur trade.

Visitors will also be able to fish, crab and clam without a license June 4-5 for Oregon's Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). ODFW will provide the gear, bait and instructions at parks around the state, including Benson State Recreation Area in the Columbia River Gorge and Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and Fort Stevens State Park on the coast. Other free fishing events are listed at www.dfw.state.or.us/education/angling/free_fishing.asp.

For a complete list of events, go to oregonstateparks.org and click on "Things to Do" or go to http://bit.ly/OPRDcalendar
Volunteers needed for Oregon State Parks Let's Go Camping program - 05/24/16
Do you love to go camping? Would you like to share your love of the outdoors with others? The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking experienced campers to help volunteer at our Let's Go Camping events this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach outdoor camping skills, serve as mentors to new campers and camp for free during the events.

Events are scheduled at campgrounds throughout the state on weekends from June through August. More information and a list of events are at www.oregonstateparks.org.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Bobbie Lucas at 503-986-0751 or bobbie.lucas@oregon.gov.
Display created at Fairfield Elementary.
Display created at Fairfield Elementary.
Bethel School District given Stewardship Award by State for Celebrating Tribal Culture (Photo) - 05/23/16
Bethel School District given Stewardship Award by State for Celebrating Tribal Culture

Bethel School District will be recognized Friday for its role in protecting an archaeological artifact discovered during the construction of its new school.

The Oregon Stewardship Award will be presented at Fairfield Elementary School in front of students and staff, Friday, May 27th, at 1:45 p.m.

In July 2014, during construction of the new Fairfield Elementary School, Durbin Excavating and Essex Construction uncovered a Native American ground-stone artifact. The companies and Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill initiated the process of addressing state laws for the protection of such discoveries.

Gill contacted to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History to determine whether it was truly an artifact of Native people. It was proven to be the case and per state law, the tool was taken to the museum which is the official repository for archaeological materials found on public land.

This is normally where the story ends, but Gill saw an opportunity to understand the culture of the people who had lived here long before the school was established. He arranged for the construction of a display for the tool in the lobby of the new school. The display text was reviewed by Kathy Cole and David Harrelson at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to ensure the Tribal perspective on the history was incorporated. The museum also contributed to the display development.

"The series of steps taken by Superintendent Colt Gill and the district following the discovery went beyond what our office normally sees," said Dennis Griffin, State Archaeologist for the State Historic Preservation Office. "It serves as an example of what we should all strive to emulate."

State laws aim to protect archaeological artifacts for many reasons. One of these is the knowledge that can be gained from the object itself and its location. In the case of a tool like this one, we can learn much about the early lifeways of the Native people in the area and how the artifact came to be in the area.


Based on their actions, Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is presenting the Bethel School District, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Essex Construction and Durbin Excavating Oregon Heritage Stewardship Certificates.

The Heritage Stewardship Recognition Program was initiated by Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to raise the profile of Oregonians and Oregon organizations that go the extra mile in protecting the state's heritage.

"We are happy to recognize people doing good deeds for historic resources in the state," said Chrissy Curran, who heads up Heritage Programs.

For more information about Oregon Heritage, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kyle Jansson at heritage.programs@oregon.gov and 503-986-0673.

To reach Bethel School District, contact Pat McGillivray at 541-689-3280.
8th Annual Historic Preservation Month Fair, Thursday, May 26 at the State Capitol - 05/17/16
May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities throughout the state it's an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations make to preserve those stories and places.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with 27 heritage organizations on Thursday, May 26, at the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem, hosted by Heritage Programs, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places that tell the Oregon story.

The event will be held from 11 am to 1 pm on the grounds of the State Capitol on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. It is free and open to the public.

On display at the event are an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep. A free tour of the Capitol Building tower will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the information kiosk in the Capitol Building.

Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center; Salem Landmarks Commission; Historic Deepwood Estate; Salem Pioneer Cemetery; Asahel Bush House Museum; Salem Museum of Mental Health; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Oregon Military Museum; Willamette University Archives; Newell House Museum; Friends of Timberline Lodge; Friends of the Oregon Caves Chateau; Oregon Black Pioneers; Hoover Minthorn House Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House; University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission; Oregon Department of Forestry, Forestry History Center; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Archives, and the Oregon State Library. A free trip to the top of the Capitol Building to see the Gold Man will depart from the information desk at inside the Capitol building at 11:30am. Please arrive five minutes early to sign a liability waiver.
ATV Grant Subcommittee to meet June 6 - 05/16/16
ESTACADA -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a business meeting of the All-terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 6 at the Estacada Ranger Station District Office, 595 NW Industrial Way.

The subcommittee will review all-terrain vehicle budget items and previously tabled grant funding requests relating to development, maintenance and acquisition. The facility is ADA accessible.

ATV Program staff may be reached at 503-986-0592 or 503-986-0706.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set June 3 in Banks - 05/16/16
Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet at the Banks Fire District June 3 to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84 mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Banks Fire District, 13430 NW Main St.

The agenda includes a work session on adopting STIA bylaws. Other discussion items include updates on fundraising, rail banking, establishing trail segment planning committees and possible future Oregon Solutions work plans.

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

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
Applications for Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship available - 05/12/16
The Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Scholarships will be offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.

Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The first round deadline is June 10, 2016 and is available for those to attend trainings between July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The second round deadline is December 5, 2016 and is available for those to attend trainings between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

For more information and the application, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx or contact Katie Henry at katie.henry@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0671.
Attached Media Files: News release
Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee -- update - 05/02/16
Editor's Note: This updates the April 27 news release information about the number of open seats.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in at-large positions.

Two seats are open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large positions are a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidates would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.