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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Feb. 7-8 in Woodburn

Jan 26, 2017

WOODBURN OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its first meeting of the year Feb. 7-8, 2017 in Woodburn, Oregon.

On Feb. 7, Commissioners will gather at 10 a.m. at the Woodburn Police Department community room, 1060 Mt. Hood Ave., to learn about ways the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with community organizations to promote outdoor recreation.

On Feb. 8, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Woodburn City Hall Council Chambers, 270 Montgomery St., to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>>Approve purchase of 156 acres at Beaver Creek State Natural Area, expanding Brian Booth State Park in Lincoln County, for $1.6 million. The property will be paid for with Lottery funds and a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Conservation Fund.

>>Take no action on a proposed rule change that would have closed a 300-foot stretch of beach to parking in Lincoln City. OPRD staff made the recommendation after gathering feedback at three public meetings and reviewing public comments. Staff recommend reviewing alternate ways to improve pedestrian safety, which was the issue that prompted a group of Lincoln City residents to request the rule change in 2015.

>>Approval to award $809,430 in County Opportunity Grant Program requests, which helps counties purchase land for campgrounds and improve or plan camping areas.

>>Approval to distribute $170,217 in Land and Water Conservation Fund planning grants, which help create parks and open spaces; protect wilderness, wetlands and refuges; preserve habitat; and enhance recreational opportunities.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/february2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 3 p.m. Jan. 27. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 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.