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Statewide, OR—The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), is requesting public comment on proposed Oregon Administrative Rule changes that govern how the state issues archaeological permits. The deadline for comments is 5 p.m. July 1, 2022.

State law requires a permit for archaeological excavation or collection of archaeological objects on public land. Permits are also required for archaeological excavation within an archaeological site on private land.

A virtual public meeting is scheduled to review the proposed rule and take comments at 6 p.m. May 25. Registration is required for anyone wishing to testify at The hearing will be streamed live at

Comments may also be submitted via:
• Website:
• Mail: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn: Jo Niehaus, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301
• Email:

A full copy of the proposed amendments is available on the Proposed OPRD Rules web page at

After reviewing public comments, agency staff will present final amended rules for consideration by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission later this year.


Jo Niehaus

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