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Oregon SHPO Resubmitts Proposed Eastmoreland Historic District to the National Park Service - 09/30/22

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office Resubmitted Proposed Eastmoreland Historic District to the Federal National Park Service

SALEM, Ore., Friday, September 30, 2022

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) resubmitted the nomination for the proposed Eastmoreland National Register Historic District to the federal National Park Service (NPS) with a recommendation to list it in the National Register of Historic Places. The SHPO determined that the majority of property owners support the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District.

The nomination document and all materials submitted to the National Park Service are online at https://bit.ly/eastmorelandhd.

The NPS will make the final decision about listing the district. The SHPO requested that the NPS provide a 45-calendar day public comment period, but the NPS may review and sign the document immediately upon receipt or may choose to allow additional time for further consideration.

The State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation (SACHP), a governor-appointed volunteer commission of people with interest and skill in Oregon history, first reviewed and recommended approval of the nomination in February 2017. The SHPO submitted the nomination three times (May 2017, April 2018, May 2019) to the NPS, but the federal agency returned the nomination each time over issues related to counting owners and objections.

The public comment period remains open until the NPS makes a final decision, and until then, additional comments may be mailed to the SHPO at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, EASTMORELAND HISTORIC DISTRICT, 725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301 or provided by email at ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oprd.oregon.gov.

The proposed Eastmoreland Historic District is located in Portland, Multnomah County. It encompasses approximately 475 acres and is generally bounded SE Woodstock Blvd on the north; SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd and SE 36th Ave on the east; Berkeley Park and SE Crystal Springs Blvd on south; and SE 27th and 28th Ave on the west. The Eastmoreland Historic District is considered significant for its relationship to community planning and development trends in Portland in the early-twentieth century, most notably for its reflection of City Beautiful planning principles, and for its eclectic yet cohesive mix of early twentieth century architectural


Properties listed in the National Register are:

  • Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community;
  • Considered in the planning of federal or federally assisted projects;
  • Eligible for federal and state tax benefits;
  • Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available; and
  • Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements.

State law in Oregon requires local governments to offer a minimal level of protection for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the decisions about how to accomplish that goal reside with local governments, which also have the authority to create and regulate local historic districts and landmarks. 

For questions about City of Portland Land-Use Regulations, please contact:

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, City Planner
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 
(503) 823-4641


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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting public comments on proposed changes to local government grant rules - 09/30/22

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on proposed changes to Oregon administrative rules for its Local Government Grant Program.

The deadline for comments is 5 p.m. Nov. 3 for proposed changes to rules on grants to local jurisdictions for acquiring or developing outdoor recreation facilities.

The proposed changes include increasing grant award amounts, updating definitions and updating administrative processes. A copy of the proposed amendments is available on the OPRD Rules web page.

A virtual public hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 for anyone who would like to provide comment or learn more about the proposed rule change. Registration is required to participate at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NcskSJx0TOWxc8faPgiYbQ.

Comments may also be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 3 via:

After reviewing public comments, agency staff will present a final amended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at a business meeting.

The Local Government Grant Program, created after the passage of Measure 76, has awarded over $90 million in grant funding to local governments in Oregon for parks, trails and other outdoor recreation facilities since the program began in 1999.  More information is on the local government grant program website.

Individuals who require special accommodations to view the meetings should contact Katie Gauthier, at least three days in advance of a meeting, by calling (503) 510-9678.

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Trail at Milo McIver State Park
Trail at Milo McIver State Park
Milo McIver State Park reopens to camping and Riverside day use after recent fire (Photo) - 09/23/22

ESTACADA, Ore— Milo McIver State Park reopened its campground today for the first time after a fire burned 15 acres near the park entrance two weeks ago. 

The Riverside day use area opened earlier this week, including the viewpoint, dog park, equestrian area, Estacada Lake and upper boat launch. 

A few areas remained closed:

  • The Riverbend day use area including trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, disc golf course and primitive boat launch, is closed to allow crews to identify and work several hot spots in the burned area. There is also no power or water due to a power outage.
  • Kingfisher group camp and picnic shelter is closed due to a power outage.
  • The Viewpoint Trail is closed due to fire-related damage.

The Riverbend day use area will reopen once fire crews are finished and either power is restored or the park has installed portable toilets. The Kingfisher group camp and five picnic shelters will not be available for reservations until the power is restored.

The cause of the fire at Milo McIver State Park is still under investigation. It started about 9 p.m. on Sept. 9. Once detected by park staff, rangers immediately began evacuating the Kingfisher group camp, which was closest to the blaze, and then evacuated all 53 individual campsites in the main campground. 

“If they had not been there to help people get out as safely as they did, we could have lost lives,” said Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director. 

Park Manager Sam Gibson, Park Ranger Assistant Ahliae Toulouse, Park Ranger Brandon Whiteman, Park Ranger Assistant Jan Kahn, and Morgan Watson with Executive Security were recognized by Director Sumption for their quick actions during the fire. 

OPRD Columbia District Manager Clay Courtright also expressed gratitude for the local citizens, Estacada Rural Fire District, Clackamas County Fire District and all the local fire departments that were instrumental with early control of the fire. Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office were also a huge help in assisting park staff with evacuations and securing the area, he said.

Up to date information on park services is available online at https://stateparks.oregon.gov/

Campgrounds at Honeyman State Park
Campgrounds at Honeyman State Park
Two Oregon State Parks host volunteer events on National Public Lands Day (Photo) - 09/13/22

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail are seeking volunteers for work projects on Saturday, Sept. 24 in honor of National Park Lands Day. 

The work is part of the 100 Volunteer Projects for 100 Years series, which commemorates the Oregon State Parks centennial. Projects have included volunteer opportunities at Tom McCall Preserve, Wallowa Lake State Park, Nehalem Bay State Park and others.

On Sept. 24 volunteers can pick from two projects

  • Jessie M. Honeyman: work alongside park staff to plant native trees and shrubs to help increase shade cover and replace plants that have been trampled or crowded out by others in the campgrounds. Participants must register by Sept. 19 at https://store.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_item&itemId=162&eventId=235. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but those younger than 18 must come with an adult.
  • Historic Columbia River Highway Trail: This trail is frequented by visitors from all over the world, and is a favorite of bikers and hikers looking to enjoy stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge. Work alongside park staff to cleanup this section of the trail. Participants must register by Sept. 19 at https://store.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_item&itemId=162&eventId=234. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. The work includes using hand tools and moving on gravel and uneven surfaces.

Tools and equipment will be provided at both locations. Bring water, gloves and clothes suitable for the weather. 

Visit the event calendar for additional events in 2022. Join the events and participate in the legacy of service that has sustained the state parks system for the past century. 

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meets Sept. 13-14 - 09/12/22

EDIT: The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meeting locations have changed from the Running Y Ranch Resort and state parks near Klamath Falls to online-only. People who wish to watch the workshop (on 9/13 at 1:45 p.m.) and business meeting (9/14, 9:45 a.m.) may do so online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqL6iVPBrfCTO27cNmCTwg/videos

Klamath Falls, Oregon — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene Sept. 13-14 in the Klamath Falls, Oregon area for its fourth meeting of the year. 

On Sept. 13, commissioners will tour Collier Memorial State Park starting at 8 a.m., followed by a work session and training at the Running Y Ranch Resort in the Mahogany/ Ponderosa Room, 5500 Running Y Road, Klamath Falls, OR 97601.

On Sept. 14, commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the Running Y to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at the same location at 9:45 a.m. and will be open to the public.

Anyone may attend or listen to the business meeting; instructions on how to listen will be posted on the commission web page prior to the meeting. The business meeting includes time for informal public comment related to any items not on the agenda. Registration is required to speak at the meeting, and is available online at bit.ly/registersept2022commission. Time per speaker is limited to three minutes. Please submit written public comments by 5 p.m. Sept. 12 to chris.havel@oprd.oregon.gov

The full agenda and supporting documents are posted on the commission web page. Notable requests: 

  • Approve acquisition of two parcels in Frenchglen, each approximately 2 acres, to improve service and capacity at the historic Frenchglen Hotel, operated by a concessionaire under contract with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).
  • Approve the transfer of some park assets at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area to Jackson County. OPRD leases the site from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is in the process of transitioning the lease to the county, which has managed the site under an OPRD agreement since 2021.
  • Approve Local Government Grant Program award recommendations. Grants are funded by a share of the Oregon Lottery dedicated to parks by Oregon voters.
  • Approve a recommended representative from the Oregon Department of Transportation to the All-Terrain Vehicle Committee, and reappoint three Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Committee members to an additional term.
  • Approve contracts for park improvements at Nehalem Bay State Park, Collier Memorial State Park, and LaPine State Park.
  • Begin the public process to update two sets of administrative rules, one for the Local Government Grant Program, and another affecting public use of state parks to make rules clearer, easier to enforce, and more flexible when possible.

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at least three days in advance: denise.warburton@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-779-9729. People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to email a copy of their statement to Warburton in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission 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. 


Ecola State Park entrance road closed Sept. 11-25 - 09/08/22

SEASIDE, Ore.—The entrance road to Ecola State Park will be closed Sept. 11-25 during a drilling project. Vehicles and pedestrians will not be able to enter the park from the entrance road. 

The road sits on active landslides and is often closed in the winter when heavy rains cause the area to slump and the road slides or washes out, most recently in 2020 and 2021. 

During the September two-week closure, 150-foot holes will be drilled at points along the road and geotechnical equipment survey equipment installed. The equipment will be in place for the next 18-24 months and will gather landslide movement data. 

“This study is the first of its kind done on Ecola Park Road,” said Ben Cox, Ecola State Park manager. “The data gathered will help shape long-term strategies and repair options that will hopefully ensure access to one of Oregon’s most iconic places.”   

The park is open from the north via the 5-mile Tillamook Head Trail, although parking at the trailhead in Seaside is limited to 13 vehicles. Visitors should avoid heavy equipment if they travel south beyond Indian Beach.

Other nearby parks with beach access, hiking, and great views include Oswald West State Park, Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site and Hug Point State Recreation Site.

The estimated $55,000 drilling project will be performed under an interagency agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation that includes geology expertise and contract administration. The drilling work will be conducted by Western States Soil Conservation, Inc. of Hubbard, Oregon. 


Oregon Heritage Releases Impact of Oregon's Main Streets Report - 09/08/22

SALEM, Oregon – The Impact of Oregon’s Main Streets Report shares the story of how the Oregon Main Street Network strengthens community networks, bolsters the economy, generates state and local tax revenue, and fosters social connections across the state. The report includes the economic, fiscal, and community impacts of the key programmatic efforts of Oregon’s Main Streets, including: 

• Historic Preservation 

• Economic Development and Resiliency 

• Tourism and Customer Attraction 

• Placemaking and Public Realm Improvements 

• Partnerships and Program Operations 

The report quantifies the impact of the Network between 2011 and 2021, leveraging data provided by local program leaders of Main Street programs, state budgetary figures, Reinvestment Statistics, and IMPLAN, an industry-leading impact modeling platform. Findings in the report reflect the impacts of communities participating in the Main Street Track of the Oregon Main Street Network. 

The Impact of Oregon’s Main Streets Report highlights the many ways local Main Streets are preserving, sustaining, and enhancing their downtown communities under the leadership of Oregon Main Street. Some of the key findings in the report include:

  • Oregon Main Street strengthens community connection and culture. The network recognizes each community’s history, works to preserve local character, and creates inviting gathering places for social interaction.
  • Oregon Main Street bolsters the economy. Between 2011 and 2021, the Oregon Main Street network helped generate $266 million in additional sales revenue throughout the state. As a result of this increased spending, 2,400 jobs were supported in or by Main Street businesses.
  • Oregon Main Street helps generate tax revenue. Between 2011 and 2021, the State of Oregon invested $1.8 million in Oregon Main Street administration and generated $3.5 million in additional state tax revenues as a result of the on-the-ground work of Oregon’s Main Streets.

“We see the difference our Main Streets are having in building stronger and more resilient communities,” said Sheri Stuart, state coordinator, Oregon Main Street. “This report helps us quantify that impact as well as tell the story of the amazing work local government, volunteers, and staff are having in creating vibrant and vital community centers based on local history and culture.”

This analysis was conducted by Jon Stover & Associates, an Economic Development Consulting firm specializing in place-based economic development. JS&A has worked with local Main Streets, Coordinating Programs across the county, and Main Street America quantifying the impacts and value Main Streets bring to the economy and community. 

Jon Stover is one of the keynote speakers at the 2022 Oregon Main Street conference, October 5-7 in Klamath Falls. Information about the conference can be found at: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/OH/Pages/omsconference.aspx.

Funding for this study was provided by Oregon Cultural Trust; Business Oregon; and Oregon Heritage, Oregon Parks & Recreation. 

Oregon Main Street is part of Oregon Heritage in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To view a copy of the report or for additional information about the Oregon Main Street Network, visit www.oregonmainstreet.org, or contact Sheri Stuart at sheri.stuart@oprd.oregon.gov.

Questions: Sheri Stuart, (503) 551-3705 or by email at sheri.stuart@oprd.oregon.gov

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Public invited to comment on a federal grant award in Cottage Grove - 09/07/22

The city of Cottage Grove has received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project. 

Cottage Grove, Lane County 

“Our Lady of Perpetual Help” church aka Cottage Grove Museum, Cottage Grove

$3,226.50 grant funds

To install single head ductless mini-split HVAC system at Cottage Grove Museum.


This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit the federal grant public comment section of our website or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.