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Salmonberry Trail meeting set Aug. 5 - 07/27/16

Tillamook OR -- The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet at the Port of Tillamook Bay Aug. 5 to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84 mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Port of Tillamook Bay Conference Room, 4000 Blimp Blvd., Tillamook, Oregon 97141.

The agenda includes updates on fundraising, a report from the Ownership Work Group, status of coastal planning efforts and concerns regarding the level of use of the Canyon segment.

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

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Lloyd Jones to play at free festival commemorating Milo McIver State Park's original Vortex concert - 07/27/16

Estacada, OR -- Milo McIver State Park will host Vortex 2016 on Aug. 13 to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the original Vortex rock concert held at the park in August 1970. The free festival will be from 3-8:30 p.m. in the Vortex Meadow.

Portland rock artist Jon Koonce will play from 3-4:30 p.m., followed by headliner blues and roots artist Lloyd Jones, also of Portland, from 5-8 p.m. The celebration will include family friendly activities such as face painting, giant bubbles, and hula hooping. Participants can join a "Best of Vortex" story contest and a historical walking tour with Matt Love, Vortex historian and author of The Far Out Story of Vortex I. This year will have a special commemoration of Dr. Cameron Bangs, lead doctor to participants at the original festival. Attendees can bring their own food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages.

Vortex I was the only state-sponsored rock festival in American history and was a novel concept in 1970, when both Woodstock and the Kent State shootings were forefront in Americans' minds. Governor Tom McCall made history by partnering with antiwar demonstrators to organize a concert at Milo McIver in an attempt to avoid conflict in downtown Portland during a scheduled visit of President Nixon.

In celebration of Vortex history, visitors can share their experiences by bringing any photos of the 1970 event; they will be scanned and returned on the spot and added to the Vortex archive.

This free event is open to the public. Attendees will park in the Riverbend Day-use Area and take a shuttle to Vortex Meadow. Shuttle service begins at 2:30 p.m. A $5 parking permit is required for each vehicle, which can be purchased on-site. Alternately, attendees may display an annual permit, available at major park offices and online at store.oregonstateparks.org.

For more details and a schedule of events, click on "Things to Do" at oregonstateparks.org or call event coordinator Deb Hill at 503-636-9886, ext. 225.

Willamette National Cemetery listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 07/21/16

The Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1950 Willamette National Cemetery is located approximately 10 miles southeast of Portland in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, Oregon. Situated along Mt. Scott Boulevard, the 307-acre cemetery provides scenic views of four mountains, the City of Portland, and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

The Willamette National Cemetery was the first national cemetery in the northwest United States, followed by the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Honolulu, HI) and Puerto Rico National Cemetery (Bayamon, PR). Though authorized by Congress in 1941, the cemetery's development was delayed by the onset of World War II. After the war, the establishment of new national cemeteries was necessary to accommodate the growing veteran population. With burials beginning in 1951, Willamette National Cemetery contained 151,043 interments as of June 2012.

The Willamette National Cemetery utilizes only flat granite markers, rather than upright marble markers. This modern aesthetic, influenced by the lawn and memorial park movements, takes advantage of the site's natural scenic qualities, allowing native trees and uninterrupted views to define the cemetery.

The National Park Service has stated that all National Cemeteries are to be considered eligible for listing in the National Register "as a result of their Congressional designation as nationally significant places of burial and commemoration." Willamette National Cemetery is one of two in Oregon. The second cemetery, Eagle Point National Cemetery, is significant in part for its historic association with Camp White, a World War II-era military training center in Jackson County. The Eagle Point National Cemetery was recommended for listing in the National Register by the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation in their February 2016 meeting.

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).

Volunteers needed to help identify marine life at Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve - 07/20/16

The public is invited to help track marine biodiversity at Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve during two BioBlitz events Aug. 3 and 4 hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and US Forest Service.

Both events are from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The Aug. 3 event is at Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, just south of the bridge in Yachats. The Aug. 4 event is at Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, seven miles south of Yachats. Participants should meet in the parking lot and bring waterproof shoes, raincoat, binoculars, water and snacks.

Participants will take a walk at low tide to help identify the plants, animals and other organisms in the rocky intertidal habitat along sections of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, a protected research area that covers 14.1 square miles of ocean habitat between Yachats and Florence. Data collected will be used to document the rich biodiversity of the area.

For information on the events, contact state Natural Resources Specialist Celeste Lebo by phone at 541-563-8505 or 541-272-9008 or by email at celeste.lebo@oregon.gov. Information on the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve is at www.oregonmarinereserves.org/cape-perpetua.

Pacific City Dory Days designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition - 07/13/16

Dory Days, a festival celebrating local fishing culture, now in its 57th year is the newest Oregon Heritage Tradition designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Dory Days is the 13th event designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The others include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Klamath Basin Potato Festival and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.

The festival takes place this Friday --Sunday (July 15-17) in Pacific City. A banner will presented Friday evening of the event.

"The Heritage Commission wants to recognize those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "These events truly celebrate what is local heritage in Oregon."

"Volunteers invite everyone to celebrate and understand the dory boat and the fishing tradition that is so deeply part of Oregon culture," said Dave Larkins, with the Pacific City Dorymen's Association. "Dory boat launches, a parade, artisan fair and a new exhibit about dory boat history are featured events. Its proceeds support local scholarships, youth programs and fish hatchery projects."

Pacific City is "The Home of the Dory Fleet" as noted on the town's banners. The naturally protected harbor is ideal for the dory boats that launch and land from the beach. This annual event honors a 90 year fishing tradition.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###

Oregon Heritage to provide free collection care and preservation workshops this summer - 07/08/16

Oregon Heritage will conduct 25 workshops across the state of Oregon this summer related to collection care and preservation.

Workshop topics include Textile Care Basics, Emergency Response and Recovery, Digitization and Digital Preservation, Care and Handling of Photographs, Paper Care and Preservation. All five workshop topics will be presented in five regions of the state.

Oregonians will benefit from these free trainings thanks to a Connecting to Collections grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well those with more significant experience.

For the schedule of workshops and to register, visit the website at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/2016OC2CWorkshops.aspx or contact Katie Henry at katie.henry@oreogn.gov or (503) 986-0671.

Attached Media Files: 2016_C2C_Workshops.pdf , Press Release
Antelope School
Antelope School
Antelope School listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/30/16

The Antelope School is a significant representative of rural education in central Oregon during the first half of the twentieth century. A testament to the continued commitment to education of the residents of the town and vicinity, since its completion in 1925 it has been by far the most substantial building in Antelope, occupying the most prominent parcel in town, filling a wide variety of community roles. The school is the third built in Antelope, and was the central focus of education in the surrounding area for 60 years. The Antelope School stands out among other rural schools of its period because of its size and breadth of education offered (including primary through secondary until 1936), designed to meet the state requirements for Standard Schools at all grade levels through that time. Although after 1936 the Antelope School no longer provided instruction for all grade levels, it continued to provide instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels until 1983, when it was closed as a public school, an event that is associated with the Rajneesh movement's establishment of political dominance of the town. From its construction in 1925 to the present, the school has been a focus of community activity, hosting school activities, community events, and locally produced plays. The school has also functioned as the local polling place and the seat of local government, concurrent with and subsequent to its role as a place of formal education.

The Antelope School is also locally significant for its architecture as a unique example of a formal, concrete Classical Revival-style school building in this extremely rural setting where one and two-room, wooden schoolhouses are far more typical.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at their February 2016 meeting. It is one of only 33 properties in Wasco County that are individually listed in the National Register. 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).

Charles Hunter Hamlin House
Charles Hunter Hamlin House
Hamlin-Johnson House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 06/30/16

The Hamlin-Johnson House, also known as the Charles Hunter Hamlin House in Gresham, Oregon, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Hamlin-Johnson House, located at the corner of SE Lusted Road and SE 282nd Avenue outside of Gresham, was constructed circa 1888. The house is associated with early steamboat engineer Charles Hamlin and later with the Reverend Jonas Johnson and his family, who owned the house for six decades. Johnson was a pastor at the Swedish Powell Valley Church. Today the house represents an increasingly rare, rural residential property from this era of development in Gresham.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their February 2015 meeting. It is one of nine historic properties in Gresham, Multnomah County, that are individually 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).

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Metolius Loops Bikeway Designation Removed Due to Existing Plan Conflict (Photo) - 06/29/16

Joint News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + US Forest Service // June 29, 2016


Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., Alex Phillips, 503-986-0631 (desk), 503-480-9092 (cell)
Deschutes National Forest, Jean Nelson-Dean, 541-383-5561

Metolius Loops Bikeway Designation Removed Due to Existing Plan Conflict

Lebanon OR -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission voted to remove the Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway designation at their June 29 public meeting in Lebanon. The change resolves a conflict with the pre-existing federal Wild and Scenic River Management Plan that preserves the natural qualities of Camp Sherman area by limiting promotions, among other things.

The State Scenic Bikeway designation is a promotional designation. Even without the label "Scenic Bikeway," all public roads in the area are available and open for bicycling.

The Metolius Loops State Scenic Bikeway was designated in 2011, and like all bikeways, was promoted nationally and internationally online and in print by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, its program partner Travel Oregon, and local bicycle and tourism proponents. This promotional mission unintentionally conflicted with the Metolius Wild and Scenic River Management Plan which was signed in 1997 by the Forest Service, following environmental analysis and public comment. The Metolius plan calls for protecting the area's primitive, historic character and preserving Outstandingly Remarkable Values by not permitting entities to promote the area, reducing congestion, managing signage to perpetuate historic character, and other standards. A goal is to limit conflict and crowding in the Metolius Basin to maintain a quality visitor recreation experience.

After discovering the problem two years ago, Camp Sherman residents, bikeway proponents, and staff with the U.S. Forest Service and OPRD tried unsuccessfully to resolve the inherent conflict between the two designations.

Because bikeways have to complement existing plans, the Metolius Loops route probably wouldn't earn designation if proposed today.

Since the Metolius bikeway was never signed, nothing will change on the ground at Camp Sherman with the removal of the Scenic Bikeway designation. Cycling will still be legal on those public roads, though the route will no longer be promoted in print and online by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Travel Oregon.