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US Army Fort Umpqua
US Army Fort Umpqua
Site of Early Military Fort added to National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 07/02/15
The site of a U.S. Army fort that played a role in Indian resettlement in Oregon and in maintaining a federal presence here during the Civil War is one of Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 37-acre site is located on the Siuslaw National Forest in Douglas County. At its height in 1859, Fort Umpqua was comprised of 13 buildings including four officers' houses, a barracks, blockhouse, hospital, guard house, two laundress buildings, a bakery, barn, and sutler store. None of the buildings remain today.

The U.S. Forest Service's primary roles relate to natural resources. However, it also plays a role in caretaking important cultural resources on federal land. The Fort Umpqua site was an important site more than 150 years ago.

The fort was established in 1856 as part of a 3-fort system (including Fort Hoskins and Fort Yamhill) to implement treaties with tribes. When the Civil War began in 1861, most of its troops returned east but a contingent remained to provide an overall sense of military security to the region. The fort was closed in late 1862.

While serving at the fort in 1856, Brigadier General John J. Milhau set up one of the earliest weather recording stations on the Oregon coast, collected specimens of flora and fauna for the Smithsonian Institution, and wrote several reports about the language and culture of the Coos and Lower Umpqua Indians. Colonel Edward P. Vollum also sent many boxes of plant and wildlife specimens to the Smithsonian and was one of the earliest amateur photographers on the West Coast.

"We applaud the U.S. Forest Service's efforts to preserve and develop cultural heritage resources," said Chrissy Curran, the deputy state historic preservation officer. "The site of Fort Umpqua is deserving of this attention."

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be near Tumalo - 07/02/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 18 near Tumalo. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery, about 1.8 miles north of Tumalo on the Cline Falls Highway. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

In conjunction with the workshop, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also conduct a public meeting in Bend from 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave.

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 learn about the workshop 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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Madras Army Air Field North Hangar
Madras Army Air Field North Hangar
Madras Army Air Field North Hangar listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 07/01/15
The Madras Army Air Field North Hangar, built to boost the nation's efforts during World War II, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1943, the U.S. Army transformed the wheat fields northeast of Madras into a fully-functioning air field to train B-17 bombardment squadrons as part of a nation-wide effort to build the nation's air force during World War II. The Boeing B-17 was known as the "Flying Fortress" due to its immense size and ability to sustain heavy damage during combat - a reputation earned in the skies over Europe.

The Madras location met the Army's requirements for a secure site with year-round clear weather ideal for training new crews. The airfield was one of several training bases in the region. The Army quickly constructed the base's 96 buildings, including officer quarters, squadron barracks and associated living areas, station base buildings, two 120-foot-by-80-foot hangars, and other special-purpose buildings.

The surviving hangar is one of the few remaining base buildings and is a rare intact example of the standard OBH-2 type hangar. The type is notable for its all-wood construction and bowstring roof truss system. Ground crews used the hangar to service B-17 bombers, and while massive in size, the building is just large enough to accommodate a single plane. The hangar's wood construction uses regionally-abundant and inexpensive materials to meet the Army's demands for cost-effective and efficient construction.

In 1944, the base's operations shifted toward training for smaller fighter planes including the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Bell P-63 Kingcobra and Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The base was closed at the end of the war in 1945.

The newly-listed hangar will be a focal point for activities Aug. 28-29 at the Airshow of the Cascades. An air museum is located nearby.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at its February 2015 meeting. It is one of two historic properties in Madras 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 listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
Houseboats available for rent from marina at Lake Billy Chinook
Houseboats available for rent from marina at Lake Billy Chinook
State park and marina on Lake Billy Chinook get all-clear for holiday weekend (Photo) - 07/01/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 1, 2015

Media Contact: Dave Slaght, Park Manager, 541-546-2862 ext. 225

Culver OR - The Oregon Health Authority has lifted their June 25 water quality advisory for Lake Billy Chinook (http://tinyurl.com/billychinookwater).

The Cove Palisades State Park has some campsites remaining for Thursday stays, but the holiday weekend is booked. The park receives more than 77,000 campers and 400,000 day visitors a year.

"Bring your kids and your boats, and come enjoy the lake," says Park Manager Dave Slaght. "It's going to be a beautiful weekend. Enjoy it safely."

Personal watercraft, ski boats, pontoon boats, party barges, kayaks and paddle boards are all available for reservation and rental through summer, even for the holiday weekend and other prime dates, from the full-service marina (http://covepalisadesresort.com/). The marina also has houseboats sleeping 6-14 people ready to rent. Call 541-546-9999 ext. 2 for more information.

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Public Meeting July 14 for the proposed Chetco River Scenic Waterway - 06/30/15
The potential designation of a portion of the Chetco River as a State Scenic Waterway is the topic of a July 14 public meeting hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The proposed section is from the Steel Bridge to Alfred A. Loeb State Park. The meeting will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at Harbor Water District Office, 98069 W. Benham Lane, Harbor.

The intent of the meeting is to learn about scenic waterways and review the nonbinding draft management plan for the Chetco. Comments will be accepted at the meeting, as well as via email and mail from July 14 through Aug. 13. Scenic waterways staff will incorporate public comments into a report for OPRD Commissioners to review. The governor will make the final decision on designation in December. If the river is designated, OPRD will host additional meetings to gather public comments before finalizing a management plan and initiating rule-making.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights.

Comments can be submitted beginning July 14 by email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov or mailed to OPRD Scenic Waterways Program, 725 Summer St. Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

The draft management plan, meeting materials and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information, contact Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 or laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov or Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Information on Heceta Head Lighthouse tours - 06/26/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2015

Media Contact: Kevin Beck, Park Manager, 541-547-3416x221, kevin.beck@oregon.gov

Florence OR - Starting June 26, 2015, Heceta Head Lighthouse tours will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Lighthouse maintenance and inspections of the upper levels mean tours will only be conducted on the lawn area adjacent to the lighthouse and in the first level of the lighthouse, but not up in the tower itself. An updated schedule of tower tours will be announced when they resume.

Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint <http://tinyurl.com/hecetaheadpark> is 14 miles north of Florence on US 101, and features the lighthouse, short trails, picnicking, a small beach, and a historic lighthouse keepers home managed by the US Forest Service, but operated by a concession as a bed and breakfast <http://hecetalighthouse.com/>. The park serves an estimated 625,000 visitors a year.

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State park and marina at Lake Billy Chinook open for visits - 06/26/15
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2015

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

Culver OR - Recent news about algae at Lake Billy Chinook may have travelers wondering whether to visit the destination reservoir in central Oregon's Jefferson County.

The Cove Palisades State Park staff note algae normally grows rapidly this time of year at Lake Billy Chinook. The park is on the south end of the lake along the Crooked River and features trails, two campgrounds totaling more than 250 tent and RV sites, cabins, and a full-service marina (http://covepalisadesresort.com/) with fuel and houseboats for rent.
Eight miles west from the campground and marina, on different arm of the reservoir along the Metolius River, tests were positive for toxins related to the algae. County health authorities will test the area around the state park and hope to have results before the Independence Day holiday weekend.

The park has posted information about the health advisory, but the campgrounds and marina are operating as usual.

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Oregon's Scenic Bikeway Program expands to southern Oregon - 06/25/15
Cyclists have two new Scenic Bikeways to explore--The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway in Ashland and the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway in Port Orford. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved the new designations June 24 at a meeting in Joseph.

"We are pleased to expand the Bikeways program to include the beauty and adventure in southern Oregon," said Alexandra Phillips, Scenic Bikeways Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). "Both routes offer the best of Oregon cycling: culture, scenery, diverse ecosystems and wonderful cycling experiences."

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway passes rugged and rocky ocean views unique to the south coast and old growth forest along the federally-designated Wild and Scenic Elk River. The 60-mile ride is anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast.

The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway incorporates 5,000 feet of steep and winding climbs through oak savannah and the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the Cascade Mountains. The 55-mile route starts in Ashland, famous for theater, fantastic dining and proximity to many outdoor recreation opportunities.

New Bikeway routes are proposed by local cyclists and selected for their scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Proposed routes are carefully reviewed and ridden, with only about half meeting the criteria for designation. Once designated, directional signs are installed along the route, and staff post information online for riders to plan their trip, including printable maps, elevation profiles, services and points of interest.

"Oregon recognizes the significance of bicycle tourism, as it brings around $400 million per year to the state," said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO. "The Scenic Bikeways program highlights stunning areas to ride throughout Oregon. In addition to creating lasting memories for visitors, these Bikeways also help generate jobs in the communities they cross through."

Oregon's Scenic Bikeway program launched in 2005 and continues to be the only such program in the nation. The program comprises 14 designated Scenic Bikeways representing a total of 982 miles. It's coordinated through a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.

All the information bicyclists need to plan their ride can be found on RideOregonRide.com/CascadeSiskiyou and RideOregonRide.com/WildRiversCoast, including printable maps, accommodations and amenities along the route. Directional signage will be posted along the road later this summer.
Gorge parks hosting summer Song Circles - 06/22/15
Corbett, OR-- Oregon State Parks invites the public to enjoy campfire songs and stories this summer at a series of free Song Circle events on select Fridays at Vista House and Rooster Rock State Parks.

These old-fashioned campfire events, hosted in partnership with Portland FolkMusic Society, will revive the art of communal song circles and storytelling. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy folk and campfire songs, especially those relating to Gorge natural and cultural history. The events are open to all ages, and a special children's sing-along event is scheduled for Aug. 28 with musician Jory Aronson (www.jorysings.com).

All Song Circle events will be from 7-9 p.m. Please bring a chair or blanket for seating.

Events are scheduled as follows:
* June 26--Rooster Rock State Park
* July 10--Vista House at Crown Point
* July 31--Rooster Rock State Park
* August 28--Vista House at Crown Point; Children's Sing-Along
* September 11--Vista House at Crown Point

Vista House is located 20 miles east of Portland on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Corbett. Vista House is open for tours daily in the summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rooster Rock State Park is located east of Portland on Interstate 84 at exit 25. Daily parking permits for Rooster Rock State Park are $5; annual permits are $30.

While visiting the Gorge, visitors may also picnic, hike and sightsee at the many state parks along the Columbia River and camp at Ainsworth campground. Reserve a site by phone at 800-452-5687 or online at www.reserveamerica.com.

For more information, contact Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser at Rooster Rock State Park at 503-695-2261 x228 or dorothy.brown-kwaiser@oregon.gov , or visit the Gorge parks blog at www.columbiarivergorgeparks.wordpress.com.
Applications Open for Organizations Seeking Help with Downtown Revitalization Efforts - 06/22/15
State Main Street (R) Program Provides Development, Training, Networking Opportunities
Salem, Oregon, June 23, 2015 -- Oregon Main Street is now accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance at its Main Street(R) and Transforming Downtown designation levels. Organizations at this level receive access to the highest level of services and support available through the program's "Tier System Network." The network also includes Affiliate and Exploring Downtown levels of participation.
Successful applicants receive assistance to help revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business district. Services vary from community to community, but generally include work plan and committee development along with specialized training and networking opportunities.
Visit www.oregon.heritage.org for more information on the Tier System, including eligibility and designation criteria for all levels of assistance. Main Street and Transforming Downtown level applications are available on the website or by calling 503.986.0679 or by email at sheri.stuart@oregon.gov. Completed applications must be received by August 11, 2015.
The Oregon Main Street Program is modeled on the National Main Street Approach(R), which has been used in more than 2,000 cities nationwide. It emphasizes four critical areas of downtown revitalization: organization helps everyone work toward the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district's appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district's economic base.
Participating Performing Main Street(R) designation level communities currently include Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, McMinnville, Oregon City, and Roseburg. Transforming Downtown level communities include Baker City, Bandon, Canby, Carlton, Coos Bay, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Estacada, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Milton-Freewater, Newberg, Oakridge, Port Orford, Sherwood, Springfield, The Dalles, and Tillamook.
Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.
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Astoria receives Heritage All-Star Community designation - 06/15/15
Editor's Note: The official presentation of the designation will be made during the Astoria City Council meeting at 7 o'clock tonight.

Astoria has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources.

An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more.

"Astoria embraces heritage as a community value," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "The city, museums, businesses and community members make a magnificent effort to preserve and share local history. The coordinated effort by these individuals and organizations has made local heritage a contributor to the economy and livability of Astoria."

The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Astoria and five other all-star communities to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.

"Preserving and developing our local historical resources is very important to our community. The designation as a Heritage All-Star community not only recognizes us for our efforts but will help us continue to improve our preservation efforts," said Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear.

Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@state.or.us or 503-986-0685.
Attached Media Files: News release
The Cove Palisade State Park to Host Overnight Guided Camping Trip - 06/12/15
Culver, OR - The Cove Palisades State Park welcomes beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion June 26-28, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities will include ranger-led hikes, owl prowls/bat chats, canoeing, and plenty of s'mores. Let's Go Camping programs will be held at 19 different campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on "Things to Do"). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet June 23-24 in Joseph - 06/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 10, 2015

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


Joseph OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year June 23-24 in Joseph, Oregon.

On June 23, Commissioners will gather at 8:30 a.m. to tour parks and sites in the Wallowa Lake area before attending workshops starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hurricane Creek Grange #608, 63081 Hurricane Creek Road, Joseph, Oregon.

On June 24, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the same location to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes an informational presentation from the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership, and several action items requested by staff:

+ Award $4.1 million in Lottery-funded local government recreation grants.
+ Designate two new state scenic bikeways in southwestern Oregon.
+ Make technical changes to an agreement related to a proposed Bandon State Natural Area exchange, updating the expiration date and changing contact names to reflect staffing shifts.
+ Approve a plan to complete $13.5 million worth of state park repair and improvement projects for the July 2015-June 2017 budget.

The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/june2015agenda, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Friday, June 12. 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 also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

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Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in Portland - 06/09/15
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a one-day meeting on Friday, June 19th at the Architectural Heritage Center at 701 SE Grand Ave, Portland. Sessions will begin at 1:15 and are open to the public.

The committee will review proposed nominations for the Henry Cyrus Barn in the Lebanon vicinity, Linn County; settlement-era Andrew Jackson Masters House in Hillsboro; and Portland's former Washington High School. An agenda and pdf copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
Attached Media Files: Meeting Agenda , Press Release
A pedestrian bridge at Honeyman State Park allows trail users to access both sides of the park.
A pedestrian bridge at Honeyman State Park allows trail users to access both sides of the park.
Trails and safe highway crossing in Honeyman State Park topic of public meeting (Photo) - 06/09/15
Florence, OR--Providing safe pedestrian crossing of Highway 101 at Honeyman State Park will be discussed at a public meeting set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on June 18 at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue's upstairs meeting room, 2625 Highway 101 N., Florence. The meeting is a follow-up to a May 27 meeting on the same topic.

Planners will share findings from the first meeting, summarized at honeymanstatepark.com. Alternatives for trail development and management, including alternatives for crossing Highway 101, will also be discussed.

Highway 101 bisects the park, with trails on both sides of the highway and a pedestrian overpass connecting them. Hikers and runners also use an unofficial trail that crosses the highway at road level. Planners are in the process of reviewing the entire trail system and how best to connect the two sides of the park.

The meetings are an opportunity for trail users to share ideas on safely crossing the highway, best routes, trailheads, destinations and recreation needs. Comments will be used to update and refine the concepts laid out for the trail system in the 2009 master plan.

The public is also invited to comment online and participate in a short survey at honeymanstatepark.com. Comments can be made by email at jaime.english@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0723; or by mail to Jaime English, OPRD, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.
Albany Hebrew Cemetery
Albany Hebrew Cemetery
Albany Hebrew Cemetery listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/08/15
The 1878 Albany Hebrew Cemetery, now known as the Waverly Jewish Cemetery, is located northeast of downtown Albany, Oregon, and occupies approximately two acres within the larger Waverly Memorial Park Masonic cemetery. When founded, it was the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and San Francisco. The earliest grave within the cemetery is dated 1877, and belongs to the daughter of the Isaac and Bertha Senders, an early merchant family in Albany. By the 1880s, Albany had the largest Jewish population in Oregon outside Portland. The town hosted 15 Jewish families, a cemetery, a benevolent society, and a B'nai Brith lodge in 1888. By 1924, however, the congregation recognized that their numbers were declining and came to an agreement with the Masons to take over and care for the cemetery. The Waverly Jewish Cemetery remains an active burial ground today, the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and Eugene.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the cemetery's nomination in their February 2015 meeting. It is one of twenty historic properties in Albany individually listed in the National Register, and one of approximately 30 cemeteries in Oregon listed in the Register. The National Register 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).
William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House
William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House
William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/08/15
The William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House is a Modern-style, single family house designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley. Located outside Williams, Oregon, it was completed in 1951. The Lippincotts, who were both archaeologists, re-located to Oregon from the Southwest, where they had run a trading post and championed the arts of the Navajo Indians. When they purchased the property in 1948, it consisted of an 800-acre ranch. They hired Wellington, who had designed an addition to Wide Ruins, their trading post, and who also had a strong interest in regional architecture. He utilized Northwest woods and Arizona stone in the design of the house. The residence is considered one of the finest examples of post-World War II Contemporary or Modern style architectural design in southern Oregon and a rare example in Josephine County,

The Lippincotts returned to the Southwest in the early 1950s and the property was purchased by Edwin N. and Bonnie Lippert, who continued ranching operations. The property was owned by Steve Miller of the Steve Miller band from 1976 to 1986, who built a recording studio there. Today the 400+ acre property is owned by Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous, a non-profit foundation that operates the property as a nature center, botanic garden, school and community center.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their February 2015 meeting. It is one of fifty-nine individual historic properties in Josephine County that are now listed in the National Register, and the only Modern residence. The National Register 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 listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
Wolf Creek Inn
Wolf Creek Inn
Wolf Creek Inn temporarily closed for construction (Photo) - 06/08/15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // News release // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 8, 2015

Contact: Ross Kihs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department District Manager, 541-388-6015

Wolf Creek OR -- The historic Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site will be closed for construction during the 2015 season. The project, to install a climate control system designed to protect the historic integrity of the late 1800s building, will coincide with the search for a new concessionaire to operate the Inn. The park is located in the town of Wolf Creek at Exit 76 on Interstate 5, 20 miles north of Grants Pass.

The former concession, Quist Hospitality, chose not to continue their operation after five years of service at Wolf Creek.

"We love what Margaret and Mark Quist did at Wolf Creek," says State Park Manager Perry Salvestrin. "They were passionate about the Inn and serving park visitors, and we hope we are as lucky with the next concessionaire."

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will explore ideas for the future Wolf Creek Inn contract. A "Request for Proposals" may be issued in the fall/winter of 2015 which could lead to a contract with a new concessionaire for the 2016 season.

The climate control system will allow better management of temperature and humidity in the Inn, believed to have been built between 1873 and 1880 as one of many similar way stations serving travelers and explorers on the early roads and trails in western Oregon. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000, funded by the share of Oregon Lottery profits dedicated to state park repairs, and includes accessibility improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Inn was also closed in late 2014 and early 2015 to install a fire suppression system.

While the building will be closed until the construction work is finished and a new concessionaire is in place, the grounds remain open. Picnic tables, a portable restroom, electric vehicle charging station, and rose garden are available at the park. The nearby Golden State Heritage Site is also open.

People interested in receiving notice when the re-opening date is set can send their contact information to wolfcreek.inn@oregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Wolf Creek Inn
Joseph Stewart State Park to host overnight guided camping trip - 06/05/15
Prospect, OR - Joseph Stewart State Park welcomes beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion June 19-21, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities could include ranger-led hikes, owl prowls, bat chats and plenty of s'mores. Let's Go Camping programs will be held at 19 campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on "Things to Do"). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.