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Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Cottonwood Canyon 
 
In July 2011 the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission approved the Comprehensive Plan for Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Over the last two years the planning process brought together extensive field inventories and surveys by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Staff, and public feedback and input about the values and desired uses of the park area. The resulting plan presents a values-based approach to a rugged recreation experience and resource management on a landscape scale. Cottonwood Canyon State Park is poised to be one of the largest State Park experiences with 8,114 acres of OPRD owned land, and over 10,000 acres of adjoining Bureau of Land Management property.
 
The process to complete this draft has involved: an unprecedented level of involvement from the local communities surrounding Cottonwood Canyon State Park; input from a wide variety of stakeholders, partners, and interest groups; and agency staff input from every section and division of OPRD. The final plan reflects the need for a limited development profile that maximizes the values of landscape protection and carefully managed access for a variety of recreation interests.
OPRD staff continues to work with BLM staff to identify the best methods for meeting federal requirements for planning and developing recreational uses on BLM property that is interspersed or joined with OPRD property. The Cottonwood Canyon Comprehensive Plan recognizes that prior to new recreational developments on BLM property, environmental assessment work will need to be completed and reviewed by BLM. Additionally, OPRD and BLM staff have discussed ways to ensure seamless recreation experiences and efficiency through consolidation of management. BLM is willing to consider an application under the Recreation Public Purposes Act to evaluate management consolidation of this area.
 
Additional Steps and Timelines
Approval of the Cottonwood Canyon State Park Plan has facilitated discussions with Sherman and Gilliam County staff to secure approval for development concepts in preparation for construction of priority park facilities in 2012. Plan approval is also a critical component of the Recreation Public Purposes Act application. Agency staff are evaluating the design components of recreational facilities that would be a priority for park opening. The scale of the initial park development will be consistent with the desire to keep the visitor experience rugged and light on the landscape. Any development at the park will be done in a manner that is mindful of agency budget constraints and maximizes the efficiency of park operations and maintenance. Cottonwood Canyon State Park is scheduled to open to the general public in September of 2013.
 
Timeline
July 2011 - Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission approved the Comprehensive Plan for Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Fall 2011 - Land Use Process
Winter 2011/12 - Environmental Assessment work with BLM initiated
Spring - Summer 2012 Construction Phase Initiated
September 2013 - Park Scheduled for Opening
 

Draft Plan
Cottonwood Canyon State Park Draft Plan
PDF [ 7.3 MB ]
 
Maps
Chapter   1 PDF [   0.8 MB ]
Chapter   2 PDF [   1.4 MB ]
Chapter   3 PDF [ 10.6 MB ]
Chapter   7 PDF [   0.8 MB ]
Chapter   9 PDF [   0.4 MB ]
Chapter 10 PDF [   5.7 MB ]

Rulemaking Hearing
Notice of State Rulemaking Hearing
 
January 24, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Condon Memorial Hall
128 S. Main Street
Condon, OR 97823
 
Click here for the complete notice.
 
Click here for the Administrative Rules 736-018-0045.

Public Meetings Schedule
Final Public Meetings April 25-28 & May 5
 
The final round of public discussions about the park’s future will take place April 25 in Moro, April 26 in Condon, April 28 in Portland, and May 5 in Bend.
 
The Monday, April 25 Moro public meeting will be in the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Public Library, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Sherman County, from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments will be taken at this meeting.  There will be an Advisory Committee meeting from 2-4 p.m. preceding the public meeting and it will be open to the public.  However, during the Advisory Committee meeting, comments will be accepted only from members of the committee.
 
The Tuesday, April 26 Condon public meeting in the *Hotel Condon, 202 S. Main Street, Condon, Gilliam County, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting (*originally in the Veterans Memorial Hall).
 
The Thursday, April 28 Portland public meeting in the Visitor Center at Tryon Creek State Park, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting.
 
The Thursday, May 5 Bend public meeting in the East Bend Public Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road #170, Bend, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting.
 
The meeting sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0744.
 
If you cannot make the meetings, please send in written comments or visit our website at: http://cottonwoodcanyon.wordpress.com.  Written comments can be mailed to:

 
Mark Davison, Planning Coordinator
725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C
Salem, Oregon  97301
or by e-mail to:
Mark.Davison@state.or.us
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Third Public Meetings November 15-22
 
The third round of public discussions about the park’s future will take place November 15 in Moro, November 16 in Condon and November 22 in Portland.
 
The Monday, November 15 Moro public meeting will be in the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Public Library, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Sherman County, from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments will be taken at this meeting.  There will be an Advisory Committee meeting from 2-4 p.m. preceding the public meeting and it will be open to the public.  However, during the Advisory Committee meeting, comments will be accepted only from members of the committee.
 
The Tuesday, November 16 Condon public meeting in the Veteran's Memorial Hall 120 S. Main Street, Condon, Gilliam County, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting.
 
The Monday, November 22 Portland public meeting in the Visitor Center at Tryon Creek State Park, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting.
 
The meeting sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0744.
 
If you cannot make the meetings, please send in written comments or visit our website at: http://cottonwoodcanyon.wordpress.com.  Written comments can be mailed to:

 
Mark Davison, Planning Coordinator
725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C
Salem, Oregon  97301
or by e-mail to:
Mark.Davison@state.or.us
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Second Public Meetings August 16-23
 
The second round of public discussions about the park’s future will take place August 16 in Moro, August 17 in Condon and August 23 in Portland.
 
The Monday August 16 Moro public meeting will be in the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Public Library, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Sherman County, from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments will be taken at this meeting.  There will be an Advisory Committee meeting from 2-4 p.m. preceding the August 16 public meeting and it will be open to the public.  However, during the Advisory Committee meeting, comments will be accepted only from members of the committee.
 
The Tuesday August 17 Condon public meeting in the Gilliam County Courthouse Conference Room, 221 S. Oregon Street, Condon, Gilliam County, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting.
 
The Monday August 23 Portland public meeting in the Visitor Center at Tryon Creek State Park, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, is also from 6-8 p.m.  Public comments are also taken at this meeting.
 
At these meetings Oregon State Parks will focus on our findings to date and discuss potential conservation, preservation and recreation strategies for the future park.  
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First Public Meetings April 26-29 
 
The first public discussions about the park’s future will take place April 26 in Moro, April 27 in Condon and April 29 in Portland.
 
The meetings will launch OPRD planning on how to manage the park.  The introductory meetings will be held at:
 
The Sherman County Fairgrounds (4-H Pavilion) in Moro, on April 26;
Memorial Hall, next to Condon City Hall, 128 S. Main St., on April 27;
Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., in Portland on April 29.
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An advisory committee composed of area mayors and representatives of Gilliam County, Sherman County, regional public agencies, area tribes, and friends and neighbors of Cottonwood Canyon State Park will meet in Moro from 2-4 p.m. before the April 26 meeting. The public also is invited to this advisory session, however, only comments from committee members will be considered at this meeting.
 
At the public meetings, OPRD staff will introduce the property’s natural, cultural, historic and scenic values; discuss ways to protect its wild setting and natural resources, and open a dialogue on its potential for recreation, interpretive and educational uses. More meetings will be scheduled through spring 2011 leading to the development of a draft plan for managing the park. A final draft of the plan will then be submitted to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Newsletters
February 2011 Newsletter 
 
November 2010 Newsletter 
 
July 2010 Newsletter
Note:  The date on the printed Newsletter is incorrect; it should be July 15, 2010.
 
April 2010 Newsletter
 
 
 
 

Staff Contact
If you would like more information about the planning process, please contact:
 
Mark Davison
Planning Coordinator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C
Salem, Oregon  97301
Mark.Davison@state.or.us