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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet November 17-18 in Hood River

Nov. 5, 2015

Hood River OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fifth and final meeting of the year November 17-18 in Hood River, Oregon.

On November 17, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. to tour parks in the mid-Columbia Gorge area before attending workshops starting at noon at the Hood River County Administration Building, 601 State Street, Hood River, Oregon.

On November 18, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the same location to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Renew three citizen appointments to the 7-member Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council, a group that advises the Commission and the department on the development of non-motorized recreational trails. One new appointment will also be requested: Robert Spurdock, representing Congressional District 3. Spurdock also works for Metro as regional trails planner.

>> Adopt an official name - Sitka Sedge State Natural Area -- for a state park in southern Tillamook County. The property, currently referred to as Beltz, was acquired in 2014 and is mid-way through public planning. No opening date has been set for the park.

The full meeting agenda and packet will be available online at http://bit.ly/november2015agenda by 3 p.m. Friday, November 6. 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.