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Oregon Main Street adds two new Transforming Level communities - 02/04/16
Oregon Main Street has accepted the Beaverton Downtown Association and the Pendleton Downtown Association at the Transforming Downtown level of Oregon Main Street. Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to using the Main Street Approach(R) as a model for their downtown revitalization effort.

The Main Street Approach(R) is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important tools. It is a practical program that helps a community build on their district's unique assets.

When hearing the news, Fred Bradbury, president of the Pendleton Downtown Association, stated, "The PDA Board and our members are excited about the opportunity to partner with Oregon Main Street and their staff. This nationally recognized program will provide tremendous support for downtown Pendleton as we go forward in implementing our strategic plans."

Over the past few years, Oregon Main Street has seen an increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development. Between 2010 and 2014, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels -- the two highest levels in the OMS Network -- saw an increase of 295 net new businesses, 1,995 net new jobs, 719 private sector building improvement projects representing $53.9 million of private sector reinvestment.

"The Beaverton Downtown Association is very proud to have been accepted at the Transforming Downtown Level to the Oregon Main Street Program," said Paul Cohen, chair of the BDA. "We have worked hard over the last five years to take an aging downtown, in an Urban Renewal District, and transform it into a jewel of Beaverton, with new unique restaurants, an art gallery featuring all local artists, and multiple vintage shops all helping to attracting people downtown. All of this would not have been possible without the support of the City of Beaverton, the Oregon Main Street Program and our hard working volunteers."

Communities participating at the Transforming Downtown level must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community's architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective, as well as be a compact and pedestrian-oriented district.

The primary emphasis of the Transforming Downtown level is to provide technical assistance to program's in their formative years. Acceptance into this level allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, the Oregon Main Street network, and receive local capacity building support. There isn't a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street network.

The selection process included submitting an application that describes their community, downtown area, historical identity, goals, readiness, support, and funding commitments.

Currently, there are 82 communities in Oregon participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Affiliate. While not a prerequisite for acceptance at the Transforming Downtown level, both of the newly designated communities were participating in the Oregon Main Street Network.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in 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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Attached Media Files: News release
State Scenic Bikeway Committee Meeting Feb. 18 in Salem - 02/03/16
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the department's office in the North Mall Office building, 725 Summer St. NE, room 124, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The committee is an advisory group for the management and designation of routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include representatives of bicycle advocacy organizations, tourism organizations, local governments, and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0631.


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Attached Media Files: News release
21st annual Eagle Watch celebration set for Feb. 27-28 - 02/03/16
Culver, OR -- The 21st annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 27-28 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The free celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

"This event has something for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions."

Central Oregon Students in 4th-12th grade can enter the Eagle Art Contest through Feb. 15. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 27, and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at The Cove Palisades State Park, or call the park to arrange for someone to pick it up from your school office. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

Attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl. Children are invited to build a bluebird house (on Saturday) or a bird feeder (on Sunday) and make a commemorative Eagle Watch button to take home. The Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge and enjoy birdwatching year-round.

To cap off the event, the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. New Eagle Watch souvenirs will be available, and a silent auction will benefit the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Cash and checks will be accepted; there is no ATM onsite.

For information, call Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on The Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com.
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to review Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway proposal Feb.12 - 02/01/16
The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will review a proposed state scenic bikeway in Wheeler County at their Feb. 12 meeting. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Headquarters, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem.

The agenda includes reviewing a proposal for designating a 130-mile route through the Painted Hills as the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway. The council invites public comments.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. Council members meet four times annually in different locations across the state.

For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 and rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
ATV Advisory Committee meeting set Feb. 11 - 01/29/16
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting of the All-terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee on Feb. 11. The meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th Street NE, Salem.

The committee will review all-terrain vehicle grant funding requests relating to development, maintenance and acquisition. Time is provided for public comment concerning grant applications. The facility is ADA accessible.

ATV Program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or -503-986-0706.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 5 via conference call - 01/22/16
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 5 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant 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 .
Public comment accepted on proposed Scenic Bikeway rule revisions - 01/21/16
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is accepting public comment through March 25, 2016, on proposed rule changes to the Oregon Scenic Bikeway program. The proposed revisions reflect current program procedures and change Scenic Bikeway Committee membership to include more diverse representation. The proposed changes also clarify the role of the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council in designating a scenic bikeway.

Visit http://bit.ly/oprdrulemaking to review the entire draft of proposed rule changes and to comment.

The Scenic Bikeways program was established in 2009 and the Scenic Bikeway Committee oversees the program for rating and managing bikeways. Thirteen scenic bikeways are designated statewide.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set Feb. 5 in Salem - 01/19/16
Salem OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Salem on Feb. 5 to discuss options for 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 Tillamook Conference Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The agenda includes discussions on local government involvement with the proposed trail and review of bylaws regarding establishment of Trail Advisory Committees. There will also be a work session for adopting bylaws for the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency.

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.
Oregon Heritage Commission meets Feb. 1 in Oregon City - 01/19/16
The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City.

The agenda includes Oregon Heritage Tradition designations, an overview of the Heritage Commission's Museum Grant program and other commission programs.

The meeting is open to the public and the agenda includes an opportunity for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

The Heritage Commission is 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 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. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov or visit the Commission's website at www.oregonheritage.org .



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Grants available for Oregon museum projects - 01/11/16
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections projects, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps.

"This program is a nice opportunity for small and large museums to complete important projects," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support for completing them.

"Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," says Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator.

The Heritage Commission is 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 commission's mission 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.

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
Grants available for historic cemetery projects - 01/11/16
Grants available for historic cemetery projects

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

A previous grant applicant, Patricia McCracken with Winchester Elementary School, said cemeteries program staff were supportive when she was submitting her grant report. "We were new to filling out grants; staff was extremely helpful when we called," she said.

There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be March. 8 in Salem. A one-hour webinar will be available on March 9.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries 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 more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects - 01/11/16
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. It can also fund significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national).

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects and review applications. There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 8. A one-hour webinar will be available on March 9. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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