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ATV advisory committee meeting scheduled April 1, 2015 - 03/19/15
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting of the All-Terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee on April 1-2. The meeting will be held at the Salmon Harbor Marina Activity Center, 263 Marina Way, Winchester Bay. The facility is ADA accessible. The ATV Grant Subcommittee will meet from 8 a.m. to noon both days to hear grant requests. Time is provided for public comment.

The committee will tour the Douglas County Half Moon Bay Campground, ATV staging area, the Douglas County Sheriff's facility and the Winchester Bay riding area in the afternoon of April 1. The Committee will tour facilities and the riding area in the Horsfall Beach area in the afternoon of April 2.

ATV program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or 503-986-0706.
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 03/17/15
The circa 1857-1866 house north of downtown Corvallis is important as one of only a handful of pioneer-era houses remaining in the community of Corvallis. Mother and daughter Hannah and Eliza Gorman, both slaves, immigrated from Missouri to Oregon over the Oregon Trail in 1844. Once freed from bondage, the Gormans, both unmarried, purchased the property and built their house during a period in which Oregon's exclusion laws prohibited African Americans from owning property. Built in two phases, the simple house served as their home and place of business, where they became well-respected citizens in the community, working as a laundress and seamstress. Eliza Gorman died in 1869. After her death Hannah moved to Portland and in 1875 she sold the house and property in Corvallis.
The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House is one of a very small percentage of settlement-era dwellings remaining in the Willamette Valley, and one of even fewer buildings remaining in Oregon that are associated with African American pioneers.
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2014 meeting. It is one of forty-two individual historic properties in Corvallis 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).
Spring whale watching week set for March 21-28 - 03/16/15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host its spring Whale Watch Week March 21-28 at 24 designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help visitors spot gray whales heading north.

Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org.

Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to oregonstateparks.org to check availability and make a reservation.

OPRD reminds visitors to be aware of storms and high waves: respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.
Lane County Historical Museum given Stewardship Award for helping neighboring organization in need - 03/10/15
Lane County Historical Museum will be recognized Tuesday at the Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting for its support of the Springfield Museum. The meeting will be at 10:00 am at Harris Hall in the Lane County Public Service Building.

Leaders of the Lane County Historical Society and Museum read in a local newspaper last summer that the Springfield Museum had temporarily closed because of losing its staff.

"As the sole museum in Lane County with countywide responsibility, I wondered how our institution might offer to help in a time of obvious need," said Bob Hart, the historical society's executive director. His board president and vice president had similar thoughts.

Within a week, the two organizations, along with historical society exhibits curator Megan Lallier-Barron, had hatched a plan to loan Lallier-Barron as a part-time curator to the Springfield Museum. For the next two months, Lallier-Barron worked on the Springfield's exhibit program and pending grant projects.

"With the willingness of the Lane County Historical Society and Museum, including Megan, to help us in our time of need, we have been able to be a viable organization," said Springfield Museum board president Christine Stole. "Their professional expertise has been invaluable, but perhaps more importantly has been their friendly neighborly assistance."

Based on its actions, Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has presented the Lane County Historical Society and Museum an Oregon Heritage Stewardship Certificate.

"The loan of a staff member helped the Springfield Museum, but it has also created ties between the two museums that did not exist, as well as suggesting mutual interests and resources that can sometimes be shared," said Hart.

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

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

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

Rooster Rock public meeting canceled - 03/09/15
(This meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.)

A public meeting for Rooster Rock State Park is scheduled for March 18. Park staff with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will present site development plan options for the park that include improving the park entrance and developing an accessible walking path along the Columbia River, while maintaining existing park features.

Proposed improvements aim to increase interpretation and ranger-led educational programs that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Gorge, as outlined in the 2015 OPRD Columbia River Gorge Management Units Plan (available at www.gorgeparksplan.com, pages 154-57).
The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Corbett Fire House, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett.

Another planning meeting will be held in May to review a preferred site plan option. A timeline for construction has not been set.

Visit www.gorgeparksplan.com and join the mailing list to stay updated on the process, or contact Ben Hedstrom at (503) 986-0745 or ben.hedstrom@orgeon.gov with any questions.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets March 13 via conference call - 02/27/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. March 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .