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Open house set to discuss special designation for the Peterson Ridge West Trail - 04/21/15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open house on May 6 to seek public comments on the designation of the Peterson Ridge West Trail in Sisters as a State Designated Regional Trail. The open house will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Aspen Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse, 16900 Aspen Lakes Drive, Sisters.

The State Trail Designation program was established in 1971 as part of the Recreational Trails Act to help promote Oregon's exceptional scenic beauty and excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Oregon Scenic Trails are non-motorized trails that provide access to national, state or regionally significant scenery and showcase Oregon's natural gems. Scenic trails are longer than a mile, open to the public, substantially complete and lie on public lands or public rights-of-way or easements.

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council will use public comments gathered to assist in their recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. For more information or to comment on the designation please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Several Heritage Conference sessions free to the public - 04/20/15
Several sessions Friday at the Oregon Heritage Conference will be free and open to the public. The conference is taking place at The Mill Hotel, 3201 Tremont Ave., North Bend.

The Oregon Heritage Conference 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.

The three sessions free and open to the public are:
10 - 11:15 a.m. "Using Digital and Historic Maps in Storytelling" by Matthew Hampton, chief cartographer at Oregon Metro. Learn how GIS mapping experts take old maps and historic information and spin them into interesting and exciting interactive displays.

1 - 2:15 p.m. "Oregon's Underwater Heritage," by underwater archaeologists Jerry Ostermiller and Chris Dewey. Heritage is everywhere, even at the bottom of the ocean. Learn from two longtime archaeologists about artifacts and shipwrecks found off Oregon's coast as well as the methods and techniques used to discover and research these items

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. "Oregon's Heritage Fellows." Three Oregon university students who have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will present on their topics. The Fellows, their schools and topics are:

Gennie Nguyen, University of Oregon. "Revisiting Vanport and Albina's Multicultural History."

David-Paul Hedberg, Portland State University. "Wilson Charley, protector of the 20th century Columbia River: Indigenous Leader, Environmental Activist and Conservationist."

Cayla Hill, Oregon State University. "The Expansion of Catholicism: An Archeological Exploration of St. Joseph's College, the first Catholic boarding school for boys within the Oregon Territory."

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage and is co-sponsored by the Coquille Indian Tribe. For more information about the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx

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Diverse history presentations set by Oregon university students - 04/20/15
Three Oregon university students will present research findings April 24 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in North Bend. The presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Salmon Room of the The Mill Hotel, 3201 Tremont St., and are free and open to the public.

The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.

"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Chrissy Curran, assistant director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools and topics are:

Gennie Nguyen, University of Oregon. "Revisiting Vanport and Albina's Multicultural History."

David-Paul Hedberg, Portland State University. "Wilson Charley, protector of the 20th century Columbia River: Indigenous Leader, Environmental Activist and Conservationist."

Cayla Hill, Oregon State University. "The Expansion of Catholicism: An Archeological Exploration of St. Joseph's College, the first Catholic boarding school for boys within the Oregon Territory."

Eliza Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Conference April 23-25 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

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Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast (Photo) - 04/14/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 14, 2015

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, Cell 503-931-2590

Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast

Newport OR -- A portion of a derelict boat towed into Newport, Oregon on April 9, 2015 was disposed of on Monday, April 13. Please refer to previous releases (http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat1 and http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat2) for details on the original sighting and recovery.

+ After being towed to the South Beach Marina in Newport on April 9, the boat was re-towed to Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River upstream from the harbor April 10.

+ While still moored at the South Beach Marina, a group of yellowtail jacks and banded knifejaw fishes were removed from the boat's holding tanks and are in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Preliminary examination indicates they are a variety of yellowtail jack from the western Pacific. A final determination about the origin of the yellowtail jacks will come through genetic testing. The knifejaw is also a species found in the waters around Japan, but not in the eastern Pacific near Oregon. After the quarantine period is over, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will move the fish to the Open Sea exhibit in Passages of the Deep for public display.

+ The debris was examined by Radiation Protection Services, part of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Health. The survey did not find any signs of radiation above the normal, background level.

+ After emptying the holding tanks of water, the wreck was hoisted out of the river and most of the attached plants and animals were scraped off. Researchers with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center collected additional samples of wood, plants, and animals for study.

+ This is the bow (front) section of a larger boat.

+ The entire object was taken in one piece to a landfill on Monday, April 13, and weighed 8,550 pounds.


Contact information for the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
Erin Paxton
Public Relations Coordinator
Oregon Coast Aquarium
a Non-Profit Organization
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd / Newport, OR 97365
541.867.3474 x 5224 / 541.867.6846 (fax)
www.aquarium.org | oceanscape.aquarium.org

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Advisory Committee meets April 20 for the proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway - 04/14/15
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is responsible for administering the State Scenic Waterways Program, which is designed to protect the existing scenic, natural and recreation values of 20 designated waterways throughout the state. OPRD is directed by statute (ORS 390.855) to periodically study new waterways for potential inclusion in the program. OPRD completed a study of a reach of the Molalla River in 2014. Based on the study's evaluation of eligibility and public input finding, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission directed OPRD to pilot test a draft management plan prior to forwarding their recommendation of the Molalla River to the governor.

The draft scenic waterway management plan advisory committee is meeting to kick off the draft management plan on April 20, 2015 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library (201 E.5th St, Molalla). This is an advisory committee work session, but the public is invited to observe. The draft scenic waterway management plan will review the existing conditions of the proposed portion of the Molalla River and recommend the assignment of scenic waterway classifications for segments of the river. There are (6) types of scenic waterways classifications. The definition allows for management goals to be established for each segment based off of classification and other management recommendations.

For more information about the meeting or about the proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway, please contact Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 / rocky.houston@oregon.gov or Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 / laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov.
Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards to be given to eight - 04/10/15
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards April 23 in North Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Whilamut Passage Bridge Project, Eugene and Springfield, for the Oregon Department of Transportation's community heritage approach to design and naming.

-- Balch Gulch Bridge Project, in recognition of the dedication and work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation to restore this historic 1905 bridge.

-- Morrow County, for the creative and important restoration of its historic courthouse tower and clock in Heppner.

-- Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty, Doug Doty and others for their vision, dedication and success in rehabilitating the Roth-McGilchrist Building in Salem.

-- Pop Up Museum Poster Project, for the creative and cooperative approach to making history publicly available by the Lane County Historical Society and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House in Eugene.

-- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives, for its outstanding work to digitize and place online its audiovisual collections.

-- Shirley and Milt Nelson, in recognition of their 20 years of developing heritage resources on the South Coast.

-- Rosemary Johnson, for more than 25 years of outstanding work in preserving and developing heritage resources in Astoria and Clatsop County.

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.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov
Attached Media Files: News release
Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast - 04/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 10, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast

Newport OR - A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The fragment is moored at a marina in Newport Bay. Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the debris while it was still at sea and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined it posed a low threat of carrying invasive species.

Several live yellowtail jack fish, native to the west Pacific, will be removed later today and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The debris will be dewatered, inspected further by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill.

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Note to assignment editors: The debris will be available for a video opportunity from 9-Noon today, April 10, at the South Beach Marina, near J Dock, next to the public launch. A map of the facility is online at http://www.portofnewport.com/rv-parks/map.pdf.pdf . Your contacts at the site are J.R. Collier, Operations Support Manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (cell 541-270-8235), and Caren Braby, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (cell 541-961-5352), and Erin Paxton, Public Relations Coordinator Oregon Coast Aquarium (desk 541-867-3474, ext. 5224, cell 541-283-3111, media@aquarium.org).
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock (Photo) - 04/09/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 9, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock

Waldport OR - A chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30' long was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach in Lincoln County around 9:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. The debris appears to be half to two-thirds of a larger vessel, possibly damaged and set adrift during the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in 2011. As of 5 p.m. April 9, the debris was a few miles offshore. A team of Oregon state agencies are coordinating to retrieve the object in the next 24 hours before it reaches land.

Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the low-floating object and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined the organisms still attached posed a low threat to the Oregon coast ecosystem. They did find several live specimens of a variety of yellowtail jack fish found in the coastal waters of Japan.

Using funds set aside for responding to tsunami debris, Riverbend Marine Services of Newport will attempt to retrieve the debris today and tow it to the Port of Newport, where port officials immediately offered their cooperation to temporarily store it. The debris will eventually be removed from water, studied by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill. The surviving fish will be removed and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided mapping to predict the location of the object based on sightings. The U.S. Coast Guard broadcast a notice to boaters, and marked it with a life ring, and placed a data-transmitting buoy to help track the debris.

Agencies coordinating on this response include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, Office of the Governor, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA.

Beach visitors and marine boaters are reminded to be on the lookout for any debris floating at sea. In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent reports, call 211 from any coastal county.

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Well-camouflaged eggs in plover nest on the Nehalem Spit
Well-camouflaged eggs in plover nest on the Nehalem Spit
Western Snowy Plovers Nesting on Nehalem Spit (Photo) - 04/08/15
A surprise sighting of a pair of western snowy plovers nesting on the spit south of Nehalem Bay State Park has Oregon State Parks staff on "bird alert." It also means some changes for beachgoers on the two-mile stretch of beach south of the park's day-use area.

"This is early in the year for snowy plovers to be nesting," said Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Wildlife Biologist Vanessa Blackstone, who discovered the nest April 3. "It's exciting news. This is the first time in 30 years that we have a confirmed nest here, and supports all the hard work Oregonians have done to help this species survive." Other adult male and female plovers have been seen along the spit in recent days as well.

The western snowy plover is a species protected by both federal and state statute. They nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes that are very well camouflaged. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but the bird will abandon its eggs if disturbed too frequently.

Sightings of nests prompt special precautions in designated snowy plover management areas such as the southern portion of the Nehalem spit. Visitors will see signs on the dry sand in these shorebird conservation areas. This also means that all activities on the dry sand will be curtailed until the end of the nesting season September 15. People and horseback riders are welcome to walk along the wet sand on the entire spit, but dogs, even on leash, must use the three miles of beach north of the park's day-use area. Driving is already prohibited on the spit. As with dogs, bicycles--a kind of non-motorized vehicle under Oregon law-- are only allowed north of the area during the nesting season.

OPRD spokesperson Chris Havel said, "We're asking the public to respect any directions they may get from rangers, or from signs and designated areas." He emphasized that public recreation restrictions happen only in those areas targeted as special plover habitat, and only in nesting season. "If a plover pair nests outside the targeted beaches, we protect the nest, but public use of the beach doesn't change." On the north coast, approximately 5?1/2 miles of riverside or ocean beach divided among three areas are part of a snowy plover management area. The Nehalem Spit management area is approximately 2 miles long. The other two areas are portions of the Necanicum and Clatsop spits. More details can be found at bit.ly/wsplover. Videos, photos, and other updates of the new nest will be posted online. The park will present interpretive programs about plovers through the summer.

OPRD is legally responsible for managing recreation on Oregon's ocean shore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees the Endangered Species Act, and thus the status of the western snowy plover. OPRD's legal agreement with the USFWS, the Habitat Conservation Plan, spells out how to help the plover population recover.

In 2014, 338 adult plovers called Oregon home, an increase of approximately 10 percent over 2013's estimate of 304 adults. 2014 was also a promising year for fledglings, with 272 chicks surviving to learn to fly.
Two state heritage boards to meet April 23 in Coos Bay - 04/06/15
Two state heritage boards will meet April 23 in Coos Bay during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 2 p.m. in separate rooms of the new Coos History Museum and Maritime Center, 1210 N. Bayshore Drive. Their meetings 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.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda include consideration of an Oregon Heritage Tradition nomination, a Heritage All-Star Community designation, updates on projects related to the goals in its 2014-2019 Oregon Heritage Plan, 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 .

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, planning of future events, 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 kuri.gill@oregon.gov

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org
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Oregon Heritage Conference takes place April 22-24 on South Coast - 04/03/15
For the first time in nine years, the Oregon Heritage Conference will take place on the South Coast with programs and activities that highlight the region's cultural heritage resources.

"Chart Your Course" is the conference theme to shows that participants will find the information and ideas to make their organizations ship-shape and ready to sail for new cultural heritage horizons. Conference dates are April 22-24 in North Bend and Coos Bay. Registration is underway.

The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of cultural heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, historic cemeteries, and local and state government.

The Heritage Conference offers workshops, tours, breakout sessions and an exhibit hall that are equal parts innovation and practical advice. Some of the topics include the National Register of Historic Places, disaster preparedness, underwater heritage, archive digitization, spawning community approaches to heritage, storytelling and more.

While most conference sessions will take place at the conference hotel, The Mill Casino and Hotel, there will also be events and activities at the new Coos Historical Museum and Maritime Center, the Egyptian Theatre, the Marshfield Cemetery, and other places. The conference includes the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Dinner where eight projects, organizations and individuals will be honored for exemplary work.

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Coquille Indian Tribe is co-sponsor.

Additional conference and registration information is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx
Attached Media Files: News release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department debuts 2015 Oregon State Parks Guide - 04/02/15
Salem, OR - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Oregon State Parks Guide, a free, full-color, magazine-style brochure featuring detailed information about more than 200 of Oregon's most popular state campgrounds, day-use areas, trails, bikeways and heritage sites.

"This is a beautiful overview, but it's just a place to start," said Chris Havel, spokesperson for the Department. "Most parks, and many campgrounds, are open all year. The real adventure begins when you get up, go out and explore."

The guide has been thoroughly updated for 2015, with revised or expanded listings for each property, an enlarged statewide map and up-to-date reservation information. Special icons denote parks with pet-friendly yurts or cabins, day-use parking fees, scenic views and other features, as well as facilities that are accessible to people with disabilities. Feature stories highlight lighthouses, tidepools, hiker/biker camps and winter recreation opportunities.

The guide is available in print from OPRD's offices in Salem and Portland, at state parks, by mail order at 800-551-6949 and online at www.oregonstateparks.org.

Detailed information about any park is available by calling the State Parks info line at 800-551-6949. Camping reservations can be made up to nine months in advance by calling 800-452-5687 or by visiting the website. The Oregon State Park system is funded by visitors, recreational vehicle registrations, and a share of the Oregon Lottery dedicated to parks by voters in 1998 and 2010.
Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser at the summit of Mt. Whitney
Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser at the summit of Mt. Whitney
Park Ranger to share trials and triumphs of Pacific Crest Trail (Photo) - 04/02/15
An Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Ranger will give two presentations in April about her 2012 journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, on April 9 in Cascade Locks and April 21 in Hillsboro. Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser, 36, of Estacada, is an interpretive park ranger for more than 20 state parks along the Columbia River Gorge. She took leave from work to complete the five month, 2,669-mile trek from Mexico to Canada.

The talk, titled "The Good, the Bad and the Unforgettable: Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail," will recount the glamour, the guts and the tears--from Brown-Kwaiser's first steps at
the Mexican border to her final hobbles just past the Canadian border.

OPRD partnered with Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the Pacific Crest Trail Association and REI for the series, scheduled as follows:
* April 9, 6:30 p.m. -- Port of Cascade Locks, 515 NW Portage Rd.
* April 21, 6:30 p.m. - Hillsboro REI, 2235 NW Allie Ave. Registration required; go to www.rei.com/event/63820/session/106595.
Lewis C Hunt and Gertrude Mcclintock House
Lewis C Hunt and Gertrude Mcclintock House
Portland's C. Lewis Hunt and Gertrude McClintock House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 04/01/15
Built in 1911 and located on the west side of the Willamette River in the Dunthorpe neighborhood, the C. Lewis Hunt and Gertrude McClintock House is an outstanding example of the Tudor Revival style in the Jacobethan vein. The Jacobean style of architecture is a combination of Tudor and Elizabethan architecture whose roots date to 17th century English houses. Portland's early Tudor-revival residences often had Craftsman style interior plans and finishes with Tudor style exteriors, while early Jacobethan style buildings were sometimes mixed with Classical details.

C. Hunt Lewis (Cicero Hunt Lewis, Jr.) was born to a prominent Portland family who after schooling out of state worked for the family-owned Security Savings and Trust Co. and wholesale grocery business. Hunt also pursued his own investments, purchasing orchards in Medford, and later becoming involved in other family enterprises.

Becoming a well-established businessman, Lewis commissioned his brother, accomplished architect David C. Lewis, to design a residence that exemplified the style, including an asymmetrical floor plan; steep roof lines and multiple chimneys; brick, stucco, and half-timbering exterior wall surfaces; and multiple-light windows.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at its October 2014 meeting. It is one of 584 historic properties in Portland that 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).
DeGuire-Ludowitzki House
DeGuire-Ludowitzki House
Two Silverton houses added to National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 04/01/15
The DeGuire-Ludowitzki House, built about 1907, is a locally notable example of a modest Colonial Revival-style residence in the foursquare form. Foursquare homes are generally two stories tall with four relatively equally-sized rooms on each floor arranged around an entry and stair. Foursquare residences were a flexible house type and could exhibit a number of styles, including Colonial Revival, which drew inspiration from classical architecture.

The DeGuire-Ludowitzki House exhibits the style though the symmetrical placement of windows and doors with decorative trim, round wood Doric columns supporting the wrap-around porch, corner boards, and wide fascia at the roofline.

Charles Francis DeGuire, who was the son of one of Silverton's established families, constructed the home. He later sold the residence to German immigrant and local builder John Ludowitzki and his wife Mary. The house remained in the Ludowitzki family after their death until 1938.

The Louise Adams House, built in 1924, is recognized as a local example of a modest Craftsman-style home, typical of many residences constructed during the period, yet notable for its striking octagonal porch. An American style developed in California, Craftsman-style homes are characterized by low-pitch roofs with broad roof overhangs supported by decorative bracing with exposed rafter ends; multi-light windows; decorative porches; and open interior floor plans.

Prominent lawyer, businessman, and politician Louis J. Adams had the building and another on an adjacent lot built as rental homes, which he gifted to his daughter after construction. Louise was educated in schools in Silverton, Spokane, Wash., and New York before returning to work in Silverton at the Coolidge & McClaine Bank as a bookkeeper. Louise left the community again after marrying newspaper lithographer Timothy Brownhill in 1933, but returned after her divorce in 1954 to live in the house until her death in 1988.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the buildings' nominations at its October 2014 meeting. The houses are among 15 historic properties in Silverton that 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).
Public meeting April 22 in Ashland about proposed Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway - 04/01/15
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Ashland City Council Chambers, 1175 East Main St.

The proposed 55-mile-long Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway starts at Garfield Park in Ashland and travels up the Green Springs Highway to Hyatt Lake Road, past Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Reservoir, and finishes with a descent of Dead Indian Memorial Highway to connect back to the starting point in Ashland. The proposed bikeway uses existing roads.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, there are 12 designated Bikeways.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from the audience.

Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.

Comments about the proposed bikeway can be sent to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
or to:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
ATTN: Alex Phillips
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem OR 97301-1266
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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 14-15 in Keizer - 04/01/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 31, 2015

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 14-15 in Keizer

Keizer OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 14-15 in Keizer, Oregon.

On April 14, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. to tour parks and sites along the Willamette River Greenway before attending workshops starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Keizer City Hall, McNary Room, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, Oregon.

On April 15, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Keizer City Hall in the Chemawa and McNary Rooms to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes items that request approval of contracts, grants, and other items.

The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/april2015agenda, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx by 3 p.m. Friday, April 3. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements 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.

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Advisory group on proposed state scenic waterway to meet in Harbor April 14 - 03/31/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 31, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722

Advisory group on proposed state scenic waterway to meet in Harbor April 14

Brookings OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will meet with a group of citizens in Harbor April 14 to discuss a proposal to designate a portion of the Chetco River as a state scenic waterway. The group will advise OPRD staff on creating a draft management plan for a section of the river upstream from Alfred Loeb State Park. The meeting will be held from 6-7:30 PM at the Harbor Water District Office, 98069 W. Benham Lane, Harbor.

The draft plan will review the existing conditions of the proposed portion of the Chetco River, and recommend ways to manage different sections if the segment becomes a designated state scenic waterway.

OPRD is responsible for administering the State Scenic Waterways program, which currently protects the existing scenic, natural and recreation values of 20 designated waterways throughout the state. OPRD is directed by statute (ORS 390.855) to periodically study new waterways for potential inclusion in the program. OPRD completed a study of a reach of the Chetco River in 2014 indicating it qualifies for designation. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission directed OPRD to work with an advisory group to produce a draft management plan as a pilot test. The commission will forward the draft plan together with the designation recommendation and input from the Oregon Water Resources Department to the governor by the end of 2015. The governor makes the designation decision.

For more information about the meeting or about the proposed Chetco River Scenic Waterway, please contact Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 / laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov or Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 / rocky.houston@oregon.gov.


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State Scenic Bikeway Committee to meet April 28 in Salem - 03/31/15
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28 at the department's office in the North Mall Office building, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The committee is an advisory group for the management and designation of routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include representatives of bicycle advocacy organizations, 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 calling 503-986-0631.
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