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Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop in Corvallis - 09/19/19

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery assessment and marker cleaning and repair workshop October 12.

 

The free workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. at the Corvallis IOOF Pioneer Cemetery, 434 NW Witham Hill Drive. It will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair. The workshop is FREE, but registration is required.  Register online at the Oregon State Parks Store. https://store.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_item&itemId=162&eventId=167

 

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

 

The workshop is presented by Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer of Historic Preservation Northwest. The cemetery is providing the site and a portion of the materials.

 

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council meets Oct. 2 in Roseburg - 09/18/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 1 - 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Roseburg Public Library, Deer Creek Room, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes program updates and recommendations to appoint new and returning members to the Council.

View a PDF of the full agenda online.

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and its partners in the development and promotion of high quality non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon.

The council is made up of seven volunteer members: one representative from each of the five congressional districts and two coastal representatives. Members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The council holds quarterly meetings in different locations across the state.

For more information about ORTAC, visit the council's website

The meeting location is ADA accessible. Individuals who need special accommodations to attend should contact Jodi Bellefeuille at 503-986-0716 or ellefeuille@oregon.gov">jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.

Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program receives $5 million in funding - 09/09/19

The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program received $5 million in funding that was included in a lottery bond bill (HB 5030) during the 2019 legislative session. These funds will be available to Oregon Main Street Network organizations in the spring of 2021 to fund building improvement projects that spur economic development.

This grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The 2015 legislation established a permanent fund for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and provided an initial infusion of funds from the sale of lottery bonds. Additional funds were approved in the 2017 legislative session.

To date, 57 matching grants totaling $7,599,994 were awarded in 2017 and 2019 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state. Awards range from $17,500-$200,000 for projects from façade improvement to elevator access and seismic upgrades. Successful applications were able to demonstrate how the proposed project met clearly established goals for the downtown improvement efforts and were going to attract or retain businesses, generate new or retain jobs, or create downtown housing opportunities.

There is quite a depth and breadth of funded projects to date including a number of upper floor and downtown housing projects that fill both a local housing need and have the added benefit of enhancing the local economy, putting back into productive use space that has been sitting vacant in some cases for years, and creating more vibrant downtowns. Some of these projects include:

  • $200,000 in Coos Bay for eleven new apartments,
  • $200,000 in Cottage Grove for six apartments and retail upgrades,
  • $149,751 for four new apartments in Klamath Falls,
  • $200,000 for four new apartments in Tillamook, and
  • $200,000 towards 10?12 new units in Woodburn
  • Klamath Falls Downtown Association received $100,000 to install elevators in two downtown buildings. The project will address the goal of downtown housing and make available 20 units.
  • Astoria Downtown Historic District Association received $100,000 for a downtown housing project that comprises 40 units and retail space.

Several communities were selected for work to repair or restore their historic theaters in both rounds including: The OK Theatre in Enterprise $100,000, the Rivoli Theater in Pendleton $100,000, the Bungalow Theater in Woodburn $100,000, the Columbia Theater in St. Helens $200,000, and the Alger Theater in Lakeview $111,685.

Other types of projects include:

  • A $100,000 project in Burns will restore a historic hotel left vacant for decades.
  • A $100,000 project in Independence to rehabilitate an underused building to be a local brewery.
  • And $200,000 to improve a block of façades in downtown Stayton.

The next round of the Main Street Revitalization Grant will be open in January 2021. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings within the approved main street boundary to facilitate community revitalization. The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the initial bill.  A series of webinars is planned for late fall and early winter to help organizations learn how to establish an overall  plan for the downtown revitalization effort, including goals and objectives; developing a process for selecting projects that meet the goals and objectives; and other potential matching resources for the Main Street Revitalization Grant.

For more information about the grant program, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. For information about the Oregon Main Street Network, visit www.oregonmainstreet.org  or contact Sheri Stuart at i.stuart@oregon.gov">sheri.stuart@oregon.gov or 503.986.0679.

Discounted RV campsite rates now available at selected Oregon State Parks during October, November - 09/09/19

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will offer discounted rates for electrical and full-hookup RV campsites at selected state parks during October and November. Starting today, campers will be able to use the code FallFun19 at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com to receive a $7 discount off the nightly RV campsite rate, bringing the current rate from $24-34 down to $17-27.

The discount is available at the following parks:

October only:

 

October and November:

 

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) associate director, says the discount is intended as a pilot program to see if price can encourage campers to explore different parks during the shoulder season.

“The fall is a great time to enjoy the changing season, and there’s nothing like a cozy campfire on a brisk fall morning,” Havel said. “We challenge Oregonians to discover their new favorite camping season.”

 Additional details:

  • The discount applies to online advanced reservations only and will not apply to reservations made by phone or to walk-in campers, nor can OPRD apply it to existing reservations.
  • The discount is only for new reservations made on or after Sep. 9, 2019.
  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • The discount is for recreational vehicle campsites only.

ADA-accessible campsites are eligible for the discount. To reserve an ADA-accessible site and apply the discount, call the state parks information center at 800-551-6949, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 

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EDITORS: A collection of fall photos is located here.

[Update] Road access to Indian Beach in Ecola State Park closed for 10 weeks this fall - 09/09/19

Update 9-9-19: The construction project has been postponed until 2020. Ecola State Park Road, and visitor access to Indian Beach day-use area, will be open this fall. 

Original release text

A 1.5-mile segment of Ecola State Park Road in Ecola State Park will close as early as Sept. 23 for approximately 10 weeks for a bridge construction project over Canyon Creek. Park visitors will not be able to use the road to access Indian Beach Day-use Area for the duration of the project. There is no other road access to the day-use area and beach.

Road access to Ecola Point Day-use Area will remain open during the project, however visitors may experience temporary road closures as the project begins and construction equipment is moved into place.

Hikers can still access Indian Beach from the north via the Tillamook Head Trail during the closure. Trail access from the south is closed, due to a wash out in spring 2017 that is still being repaired.

View a PDF map of Ecola State Park online.

The construction work will remove a temporary culvert and build a new bridge to span Canyon Creek. The entire creek drainage was severely damaged during 2015 floods, which caused the road to fail and prevented access to Indian Beach Day-use Area. A temporary culvert was installed until a permanent solution was determined.

Canyon Creek is a designated fish-bearing stream. A bridge is the best option for fish passage, as well as a better long-term repair to withstand future flooding. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has approved the new bridge plans.

The costs to build the bridge are eligible for a 75% Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement because the flooding was declared a disaster. Final construction costs are undetermined at this time—project bidding remains open until Sept. 10—however Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) estimates the cost at $500,000.

More info about the park is on oregonstateparks.org.

State historic cemeteries commission seeks new members - 09/06/19

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill two positions one for coastal Oregon and one that brings the perspectives of one Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes.

 

The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to and interest in cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, landscaping and native plants, and history.

 

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries in Oregon, make recommendations for funding, obtain grant funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.
 

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

 

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. Please submit your information before October 3, 2019.

 

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org.

Public invited to comment on federal preservation grant award in St. Helens - 09/06/19

The City of St. Helens received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project.

 

Columbia Theatre

$11,500.00 grant funds

Replace the existing canopy marquee with a matching one.

 

This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit www.oregonheritage.org and follow the federal grant public comment page link or contact Tracy Schwartz at acy.Schwartz@oregon.gov">Tracy.Schwartz@oregon.gov or 503-986-0661.

 

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

State Park Bicycle/Pedestrian Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 11 in Salem - 09/03/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Bicycle/Pedestrian Rules Advisory Committee will meet 10 a.m. - noon Sept. 11 in the large conference room at the Oregon Archives Building, 800 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open the public, however there will not be an opportunity for public comment.

On the agenda: a committee discussion of proposed rules for bicycle and pedestrian grant funding based on recent legislative changes directed in HB 2592.

HB 2592, enacted during the 2019 legislative session, directs OPRD to work in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to allocate up to $4 million per biennium for bicycle pedestrian projects that meet recreation and transportation needs. Half of the funding is directed to come through the Local Government Grant program and the remaining portion is directed toward signature, scenic or recreation trails. HB 2592 includes a sunset eliminating requirements for funding to be allocated toward each program after January 2, 2025.

The advisory committee is tasked with reviewing proposed bicycle/pedestrian and trail rules and recommending them to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The advisory committee is staffed by volunteers and includes representatives from local governments, state agencies and nonprofits. 

The commission will hear the proposed bicycle/pedestrian rules at their next meeting mid-September. The rules will then be open to a public comment period. The commission will review the comments and make a final decision on the proposed rules by the end of the year.

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD legislative and policy coordinator, at least three days in advance: 503-947-8625 or Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov.

ATV Advisory Grant Subcommittee meets Sept. 25-26 in Lakeview - 09/02/19

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Grant Subcommittee will meet Sept. 25-26 in Lakeview.

On Sept. 25, the subcommittee will tour ATV riding areas outside the town. On Sept. 26, the subcommittee will convene for a business meeting 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bureau of Land Management’s offices, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview. The meeting is open to the public.

On the meeting agenda: discuss subcommittee vacancies, discuss the upcoming November meeting of the ATV Advisory Committee and provide general ATV Program updates. No grant applications will be reviewed at this meeting.

View the full meeting agenda online.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for ATV recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money. More information about the state ATV program is available online: www.OregonOHV.org

Individuals who need special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Ian Caldwell, ATV program coordinator, at 541-410-5512 or ian.caldwell@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.

Amundsen House
Amundsen House
National Park Service Lists Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House in Gresham, Multnomah County, in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo) - 08/29/19

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Roy E. and Hildur Amundsen House in Portland is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) recommended the house’s nomination at their February 2019 meeting. The National Park Service – which maintains the National Register of Historic Places – accepted the nomination on July 15, 2019.

 

The Amundsen House was designed by Harold Amundsen for his parents, Roy E. and Hildur Amundsen, when he was a student at the University of Oregon. Built in 1961, the Amundsen House is locally significant for its architecture as an excellent, intact example of a Wrightian-styled, architect-designed residence in Gresham’s Northwest Neighborhood. The house displays many distinctive characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian designs in its small size, slab-on-grade foundation with radiant floor heat, horizontal emphasis, natural ornamentation, use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, central hearth, and minimal ornamentation.

 

The Amundsen House has had only three owners since its design and construction. The house has retained its original materials and it has not been adversely altered from its original design. Necessary repairs have been sensitive to the house’s design, and the largest alteration to the building was the addition of a slight pitch to the roofline, which is not visible from the right of way. The Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House is an excellent example of the type and is remarkably intact and unaltered.

 

The Roy E. and Hildur L. Amnundsen House is now one of 10 individually listed properties in the City of Gresham 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).

 

Properties listed in the National Register are:

  • Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community;
  • Considered in the planning of federal or federally assisted projects;
  • Eligible for federal and state tax benefits;
  • Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available;
  • Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements;
  • Subject to local laws pertaining to the conservation and protection of historic resources.

 

National Register listing does not place any restrictions on a property at the state or federal level, unless property owners choose to participate in tax benefit or grant programs.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded $665,000 for historic theater grants - 08/28/19

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), which includes the Oregon Main Street Network and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), was awarded $665,000 in federal grant funding to implement a grant program for the preservation of historic theaters.  The grant was one of nine awarded nationally through the National Park Service Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program. 

The grant will support the Oregon Historic Theaters Subgrant Program to offer grants for the preservation of historic theaters in communities with a population below 30,000. The theaters must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or meet the criteria for listing. 

“We’re thrilled to bring these dollars to Oregon to support rural historic theaters,” said Chrissy Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation. “They are critical economic drivers and cultural resources for communities.”

OPRD will partner with Restore Oregon, a statewide nonprofit, to ensure that historic theaters throughout the state are aware of the grants and to support them through the application process. OPRD will develop the program through the fall and the grant application opening will be announced this winter.

The program focus on theaters was born from several years of collaboration around the state. Pacific Power and Oregon Main Street implemented an outreach program called the “Power of Main Street” to discuss downtown revitalization efforts, downtown needs, and priority projects especially related to energy efficiency.

One of the common threads of these discussions was the importance of historic downtown theaters, and issues ranging from major restoration costs to the challenges of ongoing operations and facility maintenance. The University of Oregon Institute for Policy Research and Engagement was brought in to conduct a study and report the value and needs of historic theaters, with funding from Travel Oregon and others. 

The study process brought together organizations around the state including Restore Oregon, Business Oregon, Oregon Film, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, and the SHPO to find solutions to assist historic theaters. Restore Oregon was funded in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust to move the statewide effort forward. 

To learn more about the grant, contact Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meets Sept. 17-18 in Brookings - 08/28/19

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene for their fourth meeting of the year Sept. 17-18 in Brookings.

On Sept. 17, commissioners will tour Cape Blanco State Park, including the park’s Historic Hughes House, and parts of Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor. The group will then conduct a training and work session 2 – 4 p.m. at the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC) community room, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.

Sept. 18 the commission will convene an executive session 8 – 10:15 a.m. at the SOCC community room to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will be open to the public.

Notable topics on the business meeting agenda:

Approve a property exchange agreement between Curry County and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)
Under the agreement, the county would transfer ownership of 90 acres of forestland that abuts Floras Lake State Natural Area to OPRD, adding it to the area’s 1,500 acres. In exchange, OPRD would transfer ownership of 32 acres of undeveloped property in Port Orford Cedar Forest State Scenic Corridor to the county.

The exchange agreement also calls for OPRD to engage in joint trails planning between county- and state-managed properties and to start a county-wide comprehensive state park planning project to consider other exchange opportunities.

Approve a property exchange between OPRD and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for properties near Tumalo State Park and Sisters, and in Wheeler County
Under the agreement, ODOT would transfer ownership of two properties to OPRD: land near Tumalo State Park, and Service Creek Recreation Site in Wheeler County. In exchange, OPRD would transfer ownership of 27 acres near Sisters to ODOT.

The exchange would ensure the three properties are better utilized: new outdoor recreation opportunities could be developed in the Tumalo and Service Creek areas, while ODOT could develop the Sisters land for future highway projects.

Approve grant requests under the Local Government Grant Program (LGGP)
The commission is responsible for approving all LGGP funding requests submitted by the LGGP Advisory Committee during the 2019-21 biennium. For the 2019 grant cycle, 54 applicants will be submitted to the commission for approval. Learn more about the LGGP online: oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/pages/local.aspx#Local_Government_Grant_Program   

Approve properties in Linn and Union Counties for registration as State Natural Areas
Late last year, a private landowner in Linn County petitioned OPRD to review 202 acres of forested property near Brownsville for possible registration as a State Natural Area under the Oregon Natural Areas Plan. OPRD reviewed the property—known as Courtney Creek—and concluded portions of the property have “high ecological value” and meet the criteria for registration. The agency is recommending the property be registered as a State Natural Area.

Earlier this month, a private landowner in Union County petitioned OPRD to review 1,230 acres for possible registration as a State Natural Area. OPRD reviewed the property—known as Glass Hill—and concluded the property “provides ecosystem elements currently unrepresented in the State Natural Areas system” and is recommending the property be registered as a State Natural Area.

The full draft agenda and meeting packet are on the commission website: oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx

People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to provide 15 copies of their testimony to Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at denise.warburton@oregon.gov.

People who need special accommodations to attend the meeting should also contact Warburton by email or call 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for OPRD. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

Nehalem Scenic Waterway
Nehalem Scenic Waterway
Nehalem Scenic Waterway Rules Advisory Committee meets Sept. 5 in Nehalem (Photo) - 08/27/19

NEHALEM, Ore. - The Nehalem Scenic Waterway Rules Advisory Committee will meet 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the kitchen meeting room at the North County Recreation District Community Center, 36155 9th St., Nehalem. The meeting is open the public, however there will not be an opportunity for public comment.

On the agenda: a committee discussion of proposed rules for regulating the new waterway.

The Nehalem River Scenic Waterway was designed by Gov. Brown in June. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) manages the scenic waterways program; part of that management involves adding specific rules for waterway use into Oregon Administrative Rule.

The Nehalem Scenic Waterway Rules Advisory Committee is tasked with reviewing proposed waterway rules and recommending them to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The advisory committee is staffed by volunteers and includes local land owners and representatives from local governments, state agencies and nonprofits. 

The commission will hear the proposed Nehalem Scenic Waterway rules at their next meeting mid-September. The rules will then be open to a public comment period, including a public meeting in Nehalem later this year. The commission will review the comments and make a final decision on the proposed rules by the end of the year.

The Nehalem Scenic Waterway is a 17.5-mile segment that runs through Clatsop and Tillamook Counties. It begins at Henry Rierson Spruce Run campground and ends at the confluence of Cook Creek, near Cougar Valley State Park.

The waterway’s designation recognizes the outstanding scenic, natural and recreational values of the river segment. It’s the 23rd waterway designated under the program.

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the advisory committee meeting should contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD legislative and policy coordinator, at least three days in advance: 503-947-8625 or Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov.

Attached Media Files: Nehalem Scenic Waterway