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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

Nov. 15, 2017

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. 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.