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State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Feb. 4-5 in Salem
Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its first meeting of the year on February 4-5 at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center at 2330 17th Street NE, Salem OR.

On February 4, Commissioners will attend workshops starting at 1 p.m. An executive session will follow at 2:30 p.m. to discuss acquisition priorities and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

On February 5, Commissioners will convene their business meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes actions on two real estate proposals -- one a request to approve final orders for an exchange affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area, and the other an acquisition involving 6,300 acres in Grant County -- plus separate items related to smoking restrictions in state parks and approval of a comprehensive plan for Brian Booth State Park on the coast south of Newport.

The full meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, January 23.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@state.or.us for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission is a citizen oversight body that 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. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.