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Airport Master Plan Project Public Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) will hold a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) and Public Open House.
When: Thursday, October 29, 2020
            PAC Meeting from 5:30pm-7:00pm
            Open House directly following until 8:00pm

Where: Joseph Community Center
            102 East 1st Street, Joseph, OR 97846
This meeting will provide an opportunity for the PAC, community, neighbors, and other project stakeholders to learn about the Airport Master Plan project and provide an understanding of the draft aviation activity forecasts and facility requirements.
This meeting is open to the public and available online. For online meeting details and to RSVP please contact Samantha Peterson at
For airport questions or project information, please contact Sarah Lucas, ODA Aviation Planner, through the following means:
                Phone:  503-378-2211
                Fax:  503-373-1688
Accessible Meeting Information
This meeting location is accessible. Special accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Sarah Lucas at least 48 hours prior to the event to discuss specific needs.

​In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and  to protect our employees and the public, the OR Department of Aviation will be changing the way it provides services at its main office in Salem starting Monday March 23. The office will remain open (but with minimal staffing) and can be reached by phone during regular business hours, but in-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only. For an appointment, please call 503.378.4880. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.​ 

The Nehalem Bay State Airport is located within the Nehalem Bay State Park, which has been closed due to impacts from Covid-19​

Beginning Friday, June 5th, the Nehalem Bay State Park will partially re-open, and the airport will partially re-open with it. Prior permission is required to use the Nehalem Bay State Airport. The Park will host reservation camping only, meaning the fly-in sites will not be available for aviator camping. Pilots will be able to camp under the wing of their aircraft for no charge – that's still an option. Again, prior permission is required, and there will be no chemical toilets in the area and the showers throughout the park will be closed. As always, please check NOTAM Search for the latest and most up-to-date conditions (input 3S7 in the search bar).

Notice of Availability
Draft Environmental Assessment
Aurora State Airport Obstruction Removal and North Run-up Apron Improvement

Draft Environmental Assessment Available
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the proposed Obstruction Removal and North Run-up Apron Improvement Projects at the Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Marion County, Oregon, for public review and comment. The Draft EA examines the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action to remove obstructions in the runway approach zone to ensure compliance with current FAA safety and operational standards for airport and the north run-up apron improvement project. The project purpose would be accomplished through tree removal and expanding apron improvements.

The Draft EA will be available for public review and comment beginning on July 6, 2020 Draft EA copies may be viewed/ made available in electronic format at the following locations:

Through the ODA website or ODA Facebook page: Click the hyperlinks to view or download the Draft Report and Appendices (larger download 36mb).

The PlanWell Enterprise public plan room website at

To request a hard copy of the Draft EA, please visit the PlanWell Enterprise public plan room at​

To request to view the Draft EA in person, call Oregon Department of Aviation, Monday –Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm, at (503) 378-4880, or email ODA at to set-up an appointment.

Public Comment Period

Public comment on this document is invited for a 30-day period extending from July 6, 2020, through August 5, 2020. The purpose of the Public Comment period is to allow comments on the adequacy of the Draft EA for the proposed obstruction removal and apron improvements at the Aurora State Airport.

A public hearing may be requested in response to this notice. Please include your address, phone number, email address, or other identifying information.

To provide written comments on the Draft EA or request a public hearing, please contact:

Sean Callahan
Environmental Protection Specialist
F.A.A. – Northwest Mountain Region
Seattle Airports District Office
2200 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, WA. 98198

All comments submitted by e-mail must be received by 5:00 pm on August 5, 2020. All mailed comments must be postmarked by August 5, 2020. Please be advised that your entire comment, including such personal identifying information as address, phone number, and e-mail address, may be publically available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold from public review any personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.​

​Please visit the following site for important information regarding the location of ODA's paper bid box:

The Port of Portland, owner and operator of Portland International Airport, has generously offered 30,000 fabric reusable face masks for use by  the Oregon Aviation community. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is assisting with the storage and coordination of the donated masks. If your organization (Airport, FBO, Tenant, Aviation Business, personal aviation use, etc.), is in need of masks (free of charge), please email or call the Oregon Department of Aviation at 503-378-4880. The masks come 5 to a package and 500 to a box. ODA is helping coordinate requests and shipment. This is on a first come, first serve basis until the supply is depleted. ​​

Go to the project website to see how you can get involved:

The Streaked Horned Lark (SHL) is currently considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Streaked Horned Lark population is centered in parts of the Willamette Valley and the Northern Oregon Coast. Their habitat includes areas which are classified as sparsely vegetated grasslands for nesting such as airports. Oregon Department of Aviation's (ODA) goal is to identify and protect nesting sites yet allow for airport projects to move forward to maintain the system of airports within Oregon. ODA is closely working with both the FAA and USFWS to identify habitat locations at the various airports throughout Oregon that have been identified as potential habitat.

Streak Horned Lark and Airports.pdfStreak Horned Lark and Airports
SHL Occupancy and Abundance Protocols.pdfSHL Occupancy and Abundance Protocols
SHL Special Rules.pdfSHL Special Rules

For information, please contact Jeff Caines, Aviation Planner at Oregon Department of Aviation at (503)378-2529.​​

For information on the on-going planning projects for the state owned airports, please click here​.  ​


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