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Mission Statement
The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and
protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational
sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. 

Organization
Annual Performance Measures

 
Oregon Administrative Rules for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Chapter 736
 
The department operates Oregon's state parks through a headquarters staff in
Salem and field regions. It is also responsible for Oregon's Recreation
Trails, the Ocean Shores Recreation Area, Scenic Waterways and the
Willamette River Greenway. The department was created as a branch
of the Highway Department in 1921. The 1989 Legislature created a separate
Parks and Recreation Department, effective in 1990. Oregon's state parks are
among the most popular in the U.S: their combined day-use and camping
attendance of 39.6 million visitors (2001) consistently ranks the system
among the ten most visited in the nation.
 
OPRD's Heritage Programs Division, which includes the State Historic
Preservation Office, Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on
Historic Cemeteries, operates a number of cultural and historic preservation
programs.
 
Department activities are funded primarily by state park user fees, Oregon Lottery dollars, and recreation vehicle license fees.
Programs
An alphabetical list of department programs.