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Economic impact of Oregon State Parks tops more than $1 billion per year - 12/12/17

Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state's economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to a report released today by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The report, Economic Activity from Recreation Use of Oregon State Park Properties -- System Report, measures how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. Visitor spending supported 16,000 full-and part-time jobs statewide, equating to a combined salary of $550 million.

"The report clearly shows that Oregon's state parks are more than great places to visit, but also a vital economic engine for local economies across the state," said OPRD recreation planner Terry Bergerson.

OPRD's analysis of the report found that each dollar invested in the Oregon State Parks system generates $30.50 in related economic activity.

OPRD commissioned economist Eric White, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, to prepare the report at a cost of $45,697 over a six year period. White analyzed survey responses from more than 18,000 visitors from 84 park properties. OPRD conducted the surveys from 2011-2016.

"We wanted to measure the economic benefits state parks bring to the state," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "The findings are clear: when state parks succeed, so do Oregon communities. We want to keep it that way, so we continue to look at what we can do to improve visitors' experiences."

The report provides information by region and by park. Coastal parks had the greatest number of visits and slightly higher levels of average spending, accounting for about half of the total statewide spending.

Silver Falls State Park provided the largest economic boost, with 1.4 million visits contributing $58.4 million to the local economy. Fort Stevens State Park followed with $40.1 million, and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site with $34.8 million.

"State parks are also an important side trip during many recreation outings," White said. "We estimate visitors spend about $245 million in local communities during those side trips."

Other key findings include:

>> Visitors spend an average of $25 for a day trip within 30 miles from home to $390 for an overnight camping trip more than 30 miles from home.

>>Visitors most often spend money on gasoline, groceries and purchases in restaurants and bars.

>> More than half ($619 million) of visitor spending across all state parks was generated by visitors who traveled more than 30 miles from home, and who stayed overnight on the property or in a nearby community.

The full report is available at http://bit.ly/OPRDRecreationEconomicReport.

Free First Day Hike at Humbug Mountain State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Port Orford OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Humbug Mountain State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/HumbugFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Campground flag pole
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate two-mile hike along the Fern, Oregon Coast, and Amphitheater trails. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. This hike is recommended for children at least 6 years old.
Contact information:(541) 332-6774
Additional details: Discover over a dozen different species of native ferns that are thriving along the slopes, cliff edges, waterways, and overarching tree limbs of our trails.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Banks-Vernonia State Trail Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Banks OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Banks-Vernonia State Trail is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/B-VTrailFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Buxton Trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, two miles
Contact information:(503) 324-0606
Additional details: The hike crosses the Buxton trestle. See expansive views of the Oregon Coast Range and northwest native plants in Douglas fir stands.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Depoe Bay OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/BoilerBayFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Boiler Bay parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike
Contact information: 541-270-7995
Additional details: Our hike is on the Oregon Coast Trail between Boiler Bay and Fogarty Creek, and back. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Due to some narrow and sloping trail sections, strollers are not recommended. Hiking boots highly recommended.

Participants should dress in layers and bring water, as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at TouVelle State Recreation Site Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Central Point OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at TouVelle State Recreation Site is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TouVelleFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: TouVelle area F parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, one-mile hike
Contact information: 541 582-1118
Additional details: Enjoy a Ranger-led hike and learn about park and area history, and the wildlife that call the park home.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Collier Memorial State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Chiloquin OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Collier Memorial State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/CollierFDH2018. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Collier Logging Museum
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike
Contact information: (541) 783-2471
Additional details: The sweet smell of the ponderosa pine forest and the bright lichens will captivate your senses. Bring your snowshoes if snow is on the ground! Dogs permitted on six-foot leash. Terrain may be difficult for hikers using wheeled equipment.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Mosier OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ColumbiaRiverTrailFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Noon
Starting location: Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, four-mile hike. We recommend this hike for children at least 12 years old, unless supervised by an adult. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Be prepared for icy and/or snowy trail conditions.
Contact information:(541) 374-8811
Additional details: Learn about the plants and animals that call the Gorge ecosystem home, as well as how this wonder of the Northwest was formed.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at State Capitol State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Salem OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at State Capitol State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/StateCapitolFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Capitol Steps
Terrain and length of trail: Easy one-mile hike through Wilson Park and Capitol Park. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. No dogs allowed.
Contact information: (503) 393-1172
Additional details: Stroll through the beautiful Capitol grounds and learn how the art, architecture and botany of the park tell the story of Oregon.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Darlingtonia State Natural Site Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Florence OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Darlingtonia State Natural Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/DarlingtoniaFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: Darlingtonia State Natural Site parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy quarter of a mile hike. Dogs allowed on a 6-foot leash.
Contact information: (541) 997-3851
Additional details: We'll stop to view the cobra lily and learn about the interesting nature of this carnivorous plant. This hike is more of a walk and everyone is invited to attend.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Sunset Bay State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Coos Bay OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Sunset Bay State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SunsetBayFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: Sunset Bay Gazebo
Terrain and length of trail: Easy four-mile hike along the Oregon Coast trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs permitted on the trail must be on a 6-foot leash. Dogs are not allowed in the botanical garden.
Contact information: (541) 888-9778
Additional details: See stunning ocean panoramas, the pristine coastal forest, and spectacular views of the rugged Oregon coastline and Cape Arago Lighthouse.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike and Bike Ride at Valley of the Rogue State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Gold Hill OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the hike and bike ride hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike and bike ride at the Oregon State Parks Store from the links below. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Bike ride time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Rogue River Bridge at John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Register at http://bit.ly/VORoguebike2018
Terrain and length of trail: Easy five-mile bike ride on the Greenway Trail.
Contact information: 541-582-1118
Additional details: Bring your own bicycle or borrow from us. We have a limited number of adult and kids bikes available. See http://bit.ly/VORoguebike2018 for more information on reserving a bike. Ride recommended for children at least 7 years old. No dogs allowed on the bicycle ride.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: Valley of the Rogue program area. Register at http://bit.ly/VORogueFDH2018
Terrain and length of trail: Easy one-mile hike on the Rivers Edge Trail.
Contact information: 541-582-1118
Additional details: Hike along the Rogue River and hear about the area's wildlife, cultural and historical events. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash.

Participants should bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing.

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Free First Day Hike at William M. Tugman State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Lakeside OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at William M. Tugman State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TugmanFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: The gazebo in the day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate three-mile hike along the South trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers.
Contact information: (541) 271-4118
Additional details: Enjoy the beautiful scenery while viewing and learning about native plants and wildlife.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Tryon Creek State Natural Area Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Portland OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TryonCreekFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Nature Center
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate two- to five-mile hikes. Choose the hike length that best suits your family. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash.
Contact information: (503) 630-7150
Additional details: Hikes will highlight multiple trails, topography and abundant natural history. We'll make as many stops as there is wildlife!

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Sunset Beach State Recreation Site Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Warrenton OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Sunset Beach State Recreation Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SunsetBeachFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Sunset Beach parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy six-mile hike along the Fort to Sea trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 12 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers (trail is narrow and unimproved).
Contact information:(503) 861-3170
Additional details:Our trek will include areas of reforested shore dunes, dune lakes, open meadows, and areas of maturing pine/spruce forest. We may see elk, blacktail deer, winter bird species, and the occasional cow.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at South Beach State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Newport OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at South Beach State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SouthBeachFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: South Beach day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, two-mile round trip hike on the South Jetty Trail. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers on the second leg through dune grass. We recommend this hike for children at least 5 years old.
Contact information: (541) 867-7451
Additional details: Come and see a beautiful and crooked coastal pine forest that leads into a dune and beach-grass soft trail. Learn about the ever expanding coastline.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Smith Rock State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Bend OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Smith Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m. The hike is limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot by registering at http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH
Starting location: Smith Rock Welcome Center
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate four-mile hike on the River Trail. We recommend the hike for children at least 7 years old. No dogs or baby strollers allowed.
Contact information:(541) 416-0645
Additional details: Learn about winter wildlife and the unique features of the park.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Silver Falls State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Silverton OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Silver Falls State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SilverFallsFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: South Falls Lodge porch
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike on the Maple Ridge Trail and Canyon Trail. Due to terrain, child strollers are not recommended. Icy conditions are possible - dress appropriately. Dogs are not allowed on the trails.
Contact information: (503) 873-8681
Additional details: Enjoy winter views of our iconic waterfalls and learn about the seasonal park changes.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Oswald West State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Nehalem, OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Oswald West State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/OswaldWestFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Oswald West Shop
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, one-mile hike. We recommend the hike for children at least 8 years old. Terrain is not suitable for child strollers. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash.
Contact information: (503) 368-5943
Additional details: Hike up to Kramer Memorial overlooking Short Sand Beach. Learn about Matt Kramer, a reporter for the Associated Press who used his talent with words to help win the day for Oregonians.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Milo McIver State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Estacada OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Milo McIver State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/McIverFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Lower boat ramp parking lot in the Riverbend day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, two-mile hike on the Maple Ridge Trail. We recommend the hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs allowed on 6-foot leash. Due to varied terrain, strollers/ADA access is not available.
Contact information: (503) 630-7150
Additional details: Join park staff for a nature hike and discover the park plants and animals, and local history.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Snowshoe Hike at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Meacham OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special snowshoe hike hosted at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/EmigrantSpringsFDH2018. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Day-use parking lot to right of entrance
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, one-mile snowshoe hike. We recommend the hike for children at least 8 years old. A limited number of snowshoes are available to lend; call 541-983-2277 to reserve a pair.
Contact information: 541-983-2277

Additional details:Learn about the history of the park and the surrounding area. No dogs or baby strollers allowed.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Horse Ride at Elijah Bristow State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Eugene OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special horse ride hosted at Elijah Bristow State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/BristowFDH2018. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Noon
Starting location: Equestrian parking area. Bring your own horse or mule.
Terrain and length of trail: Four-mile horse ride on the Heron, Elk and River Loop trails
Contact information: (541) 937-1173
Additional details: All are welcome, but foot hikers should be comfortable near horses. If you are hiking, the ranger can recommend other routes based on current conditions.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hike at Crissey Field State Recreation Site Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Brookings OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Crissey Field State Recreation Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/CrisseyFieldFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 2 p.m.
Starting location: The base of the stairs adjacent to the Crissey Field parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy two-mile hike along the Wetland Trail. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Child strollers will be useable in sand. Dogs allowed on 6-foot leashes.
Contact information: (541) 469-0224
Additional details: We'll discuss wetlands, dunes, invasive plants, and walk along the beach if the tide allows. If the tide is too high, we will connect with the "Hobbit" trail and learn about flood areas and riparian habitat.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Free First Day Hikes at Champoeg State Heritage Area Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Donald OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about two hikes hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ChampoegFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Two hikes, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m.
Starting location: Champoeg Visitor Center
Terrain and length of trail: Easy to moderate, two-mile hike round trip on the Town Site Trail. Trail includes some uneven terrain and natural soil surface.
Contact information: (503) 678-1251 ext. 222
Additional details: Go back in time by hiking through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing.

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Free First Day Hike at Cape Lookout State Park Jan. 1 - 12/08/17

Tillamook OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Cape Lookout State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/CapeLookoutFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: Noon
Starting location: Cape Lookout trailhead parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, five-mile hike
Contact information:(503) 842-3182
Additional details: One of the most scenic hikes on the Oregon Coast with views of the shoreline north and south. This is one of the best times for whale watching from the end of the cape. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain, or preserve abandoned cemeteries - 12/06/17

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The proposed rules are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is Jan. 15, 2018.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. OPRD currently offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the grant program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Historic_Cemeteries_Grant_Program

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0100 to 736-054-0150 is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/index.aspx. Comments can be made directly on this webpage or in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov. They will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2018.

Anyone wishing to comment in person may attend a public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in Salem's North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A.

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.

Hiking through the dunes on the South Beach State Park First Day Hike.
Hiking through the dunes on the South Beach State Park First Day Hike.
Free First Day Hikes set for Jan. 1, 2018 (Photo) - 12/05/17

Register at the Oregon State Parks Store

Salem OR -- The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year's Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park's geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for a hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

"Bundle up and enjoy your first walk of the year with us," says Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "First Day Hikes are a fun, healthy way to start 2018 and a great way to see that Oregon state parks are great any time of year."

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife. Check the hike listings at http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents for details about recommended ages for children hiking and whether pets are allowed.

Participating parks and meeting areas:

PORTLAND
* Banks-Vernonia State Trail: 9 a.m. Meet at the Buxton Trailhead.
* Milo McIver State Park: 9 a.m. Meet in the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot.
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area: 9 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center.

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Noon. Meet at the Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES
* Champoeg State Heritage Area: two hikes--one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
* Elijah Bristow State Park: Noon horse ride. Bring your own horse and meet in the equestrian parking area.
* Silver Falls State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the South Falls Lodge porch.
* State Capitol State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Capitol steps.

SOUTHERN OREGON
* Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m. Meet at the Logging Museum Cookhouse.
* TouVelle State Park: 1 p.m. Meet at the Area F parking lot.
* Valley of the Rogue State Park: hike and bicycle ride. Bicycle ride at 11 a.m. Meet at Rogue River bridge - John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Hike at 1 p.m. Meet at the Valley of the Rogue program area.

COAST
* Cape Lookout State Park: Noon. Meet in the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot.
* Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 2 p.m. Meet at the base of the stairs adjacent to the parking lot.
* Darlingtonia State Natural Area: 1 p.m. Meet in the parking lot.
* Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the campground flag pole.
* Oswald West State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the main parking lot on the southern end near the shop.
* South Beach State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the South Beach day-use area.
* Sunset Bay State Park (Coos Bay area): 1 p.m. Meet at the Sunset Bay gazebo.
* Sunset Beach State Recreation Site (Astoria area): 10 a.m. Meet in the Sunset Beach parking lot.
* William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the day-use area at the gazebo.

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON
* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Park: 11 a.m. snowshoe hike. Meet in the day-use parking lot to the right of the entrance.
* Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Center. Hike limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot at http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH

2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Open for Nominations - 11/28/17

Nominations for the 2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Beth Dehn at Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov
or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 26, 2018.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.

"The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations."

Last year's recipients included:

-- Oregon Public Broadcasting's 2016 "Oregon Experience" Season, for a year of exceptional programming, which resulted in showcase documentaries that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state.

--"15 Minutes Histories" Project, a cutting-edge collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society that innovatively addressed the immediate access and long-term preservation needs of community-based stories in Central Oregon.

--Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve and interpret a uniquely Oregonian cultural asset, a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland's Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state's most important female artists.

--John M. Tess, Portland, for a 40-year professional career built around increasingly significant and enduring contributions to the cause of preserving Oregon's historic and architectural legacy.

--Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, a range of statewide stakeholders joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to host yearlong public programs and events as part of a once-in-a-century birthday bash for Oregon's oldest scenic highway.

--Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, a groundbreaking, grassroots effort that utilized a multi-disciplinary approach through creative partnerships to bring Oregonians together to learn and talk about Vanport's history.

--Kelly Haverkate, for her inspirational and tireless commitment as a Main Street program volunteer, whose work resulted in a visionary, transformative, and sustainable revitalization of the city of Dayton's downtown, a gem in the Willamette Valley.

--Redmond's Union High School Rehabilitation Project, a statewide model for restoration and adaptive reuse of a locally treasured historic building, honoring its storied past while beginning a new chapter as the home of City Hall.

Dorothy Brandner*, for over a decade of extraordinary volunteerism and estimable leadership in the areas of preservation, interpretation, and historical research while serving the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery.

*Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation

Awards will be presented on April 12, 2018 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Bend by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The announcement for 2018 awardees will be made in mid-March 2018. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.

Oregon State Parks gear and parking permits go on sale Dec. 1, in time for holiday gift giving - 11/27/17

This holiday season, give your loved ones a year of unlimited access to Oregon's state parks with an annual day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy the annual parking permit for only $25--that's $5 off the regular price of $30. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

"Give the gift that will inspire your family and friends to explore the parks and historical sites that make Oregon special," said Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director.

Shoppers can round out their gift with holiday gear branded with the iconic Oregon State Parks shield, including hats, water bottles, dog bowls, ornaments and stickers. The holiday gear will be on sale during the month of December.

Gift gear and parking permits are for sale online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org/. Gift items can also be purchased in person at Oregon State Parks headquarters in Salem, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C.

Parking permits are also sold at major OPRD offices, some state park friends' group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit http://oregonstateparks.org/.

Alternately, if you would like to give back to the parks you love, consider becoming a member of -- or giving the gift of a membership to -- the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to enhance the state park experience. Those who give a tax-deductible donation of $45 or more will receive a 12-month day-use parking pass as a thank you. Learn more at www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50.

Visitors are the single largest source of funding for Oregon's state parks. Revenue from RV registrations and the Oregon Lottery, dedicated by voters in 1998 and 2010, make up the rest.

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state [correction] - 11/16/17

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
* Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
* Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
* Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
* Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
* Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
* Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
* Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
* Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
* High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
* Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
* Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
* Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
* Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
* Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
* The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
* Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
* The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
* Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state - 11/16/17

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
* Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
* Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
* Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
* Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Creek.
* Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
* Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
* Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
* Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
* High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
* Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
* Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
* Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
* Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
* Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
* The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
* Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
* The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
* Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on proposed adoption of master plans for Tryon Creek State Natural Area and parks in the Columbia Gorge - 11/15/17

Portland OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is in the final stage of approving two planning documents, one for state parks in the Columbia Gorge and one for Portland's Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The department is accepting comments through Dec. 29 on a proposal to adopt the two master plans, which guide recreation use and resource management for the next 20 years. This culminates an extensive public process that began in 2013 and included public meetings and a land use review by city and county officials.

The plans detail current natural and cultural resource conditions, outdoor recreation trends and how to balance recreation and resource protection. They set priorities for the next two decades, such as adding or improving trails, parking, facilities and signs. Both plans are available at oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS.

TRYON CREEK
Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 650-acre day-use park with more than 14 miles of trails, is situated in both southeast Portland and Lake Oswego. As part of the process of drafting the plan, OPRD planners gathered comments from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between February and July 2013. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the draft plan in July 2013.

Officials from both Portland and Lake Oswego reviewed the draft for compatibility with zoning codes. OPRD planners made minor changes as a result.

COLUMBIA GORGE
The draft master plan for the Columbia Gorge Management Unit covers 15 parks, six natural areas, three scenic viewpoints, six scenic corridors, and 47 trailheads connecting visitors with more than 150 miles of spectacular trails located in Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco Counties. The document replaces the previous plan, adopted in 1994.

As part of the process of drafting the plan, planners gathered comments from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between August 2013 and October 2014. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan at their meeting on February 11, 2015. The draft plan was then reviewed by Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco counties for compatibility with their comprehensive plans and zoning codes.

The full text of the amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045 is available online at oregon.gov/oprd. Click on Rules and Regulations on the right side of the page. (oregon.gov/oprd/RULES ) Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017 and can be made online; in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov.

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.

Salmonberry Trail meeting set Dec. 1, 2017 - 11/15/17

Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Banks Dec. 1 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 1 -- 4 p.m. at the Banks Fire District #13, 13430 NW Main St.

The agenda includes a discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, valley segment planning and a benefit analysis study.

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.

Foster-Simmons House
Foster-Simmons House
Foster-Simmons House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 11/14/17

The Foster-Simmons House in Eugene, Lane County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Foster-Simmons House, located at 417 E 13th Avenue, in the West University neighborhood of Eugene, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent, nearly intact example of the Craftsman style of residential architecture. It was built for $3000 in 1913 by attorney Orla H. Foster and his wife, Maidee, who lived in the house until 1921, when it was sold to Earl C. Simmons, owner of the E.C. Simmons Ford Dealership. After passing through a series of short-term owners, the house was offered for rent to University students beginning during the 1930s. From the 1940s until 1975, the home was owned and occupied by Mabel and Elroy Reagan. Since 1975, the house has been the home of the Eugene chapter of Young Life, a Christian youth support and development organization. The three-bedroom house displays many characteristic features of the Craftsman style, including varied exterior siding and window types, open eaves, a projecting front porch with heavy concrete piers and exposed structural elements, and a modest porte cochere. Interior elements include an open floor plan, built-in features, and an abundance of simple but elegant woodwork. The house retains a high degree of interior and exterior integrity, and clearly conveys its style and period of construction through its original form, features, and materials. As one of only six single-family Craftsman dwellings in the fragile West University area that have been evaluated as being National Register-eligible, the Foster-Simmons House is a stand-out example of its type in the neighborhood and in Eugene.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the Foster-Simmons House for nomination during their June 2017 meeting and on October 30, 2017, the house was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Foster-Simmons House is now one of 61 buildings in Eugene that are individually honored by listing in the National 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).

Reed-Cobb-Bowser House
Reed-Cobb-Bowser House
Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 11/14/17

The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn in Merlin, Josephine County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn is located on Merlin Road in the unincorporated town of Merlin, approximately seven miles northwest of Grants Pass, in rural Josephine County. Built in 1910-11, the 2-1/2 story Craftsman-style house is associated with early 20th century movement in many parts of western Oregon to promote residential-agricultural development on relatively small, usually 5 to 10-acre parcels. In 1909, a group of wealthy investors led by brothers William T. and Franklin E. Reed began purchasing property around Merlin for the purpose of both speculating on the land itself and fostering the development of an orchard economy in the area. The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House was originally built in 1910-11 as the headquarters and clubhouse for what became known as the Country Club Orchard development, as well as the residence of William T. Reed's daughters, Grace and Marian Reed. Though initially successful, the project soon faltered, and by the early 1920s, undeveloped land began to be sold off to satisfy debt. The house remained in the ownership of William T. Reed, who, upon his death in 1924, passed ownership to Marian and Grace. Grace lived in the house with her husband, Everett Cobb until 1936, when the house was sold to miner Heber E. Bowser and his wife, Clementine, the wealthy heiress of Portland family wealth. Clementine, in addition to owning and managing several successful mines in the area, was also a well-known equestrian, and is responsible for the large and well-appointed horse barn that accompanies the house on the National Register. In addition to its association with the events of local development, the house is also recognized as an exceptional example of the Craftsman style of architecture, widely popular across the United States during the early 20th century.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting, and on October 30, 2017, the house and barn were formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Reed-Cobb-Bowser House and Barn are the second property in Merlin, Josephine County, to be listed in the National 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).

Redmond Downtown Historic District
Redmond Downtown Historic District
Redmond Downtown Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 11/14/17

The Redmond Downtown Historic District in Deschutes County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Redmond Downtown Historic District embraces the historic commercial core of Redmond, including 43 downtown buildings located primarily along SW 6th Street roughly between SW Forest Avenue and SW Cascade Avenue. The historic district reflects the period of economic and commercial growth in Redmond between 1910 and 1960, beginning with the years shortly after the founding of the city, when the earliest remaining downtown buildings were constructed, up through the end of major expansion in the post-World War II era. During this period, the population of Redmond expanded from 216 in 1910 to 3,340 in 1960. Architecturally, the district demonstrates the continuity of dominant design styles during the pre-war period of the twentieth century, including Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Streamlined Moderne styles, and extending to the early post-war architectural styles, in particular, the International Style.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Redmond Downtown Historic District is now one of six listings in the National Register, and the second historic district in the city to be listed. 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).

Peacock Lane Historic District
Peacock Lane Historic District
Peacock Lane Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 11/14/17

Peacock Lane, a small, distinctive neighborhood comprising 32 residences located between SE Stark and SE Belmont Streets, in place of SE 40th Avenue in the east Portland grid. It was developed as a small, planned community between 1923 and 1930 by Richard Fleming Wassell, real estate developer and designer of most of the houses in the district. The district is well-known throughout the City of Portland for its collection of uniquely unified residential architecture, all of which reflect Tudor Revival and English Cottage styles based on medieval European precedents. The Peacock Lane Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its unified architectural design language, and for its early accommodation of the automobile, most notably demonstrated by the inclusion of attached and detached garages on every property. In addition to these features, for which the district was listed through the Multiple Property Submission, "Historic Residential Suburbs in the United States, 1830-1960," the district is widely recognized for its highly-anticipated annual Christmas Lights display, which draws thousands of visitors to the district during the holiday season.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting, and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Peacock Lane Historic District is now one of 18 historic districts in the City of Portland that are listed in the National 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).