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Archaeological Permit on Public Lands 2022

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The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), has requested public comment on a new portion of proposed Oregon Administrative Rule changes that govern how the state issues archaeological permits on public land. The deadline for comments was 5 p.m. September 30, 2022. Public comment period is now closed. The rule was adopted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission in November 2022. Implementation will be in Summer 2023.

State law requires a permit for archaeological excavation or collection of archaeological objects on public land. Earlier last year, from May 1 to July 1, 2022, the agency received comments on the process for issuance of permits on all lands. A comment received at that time, led to recommended changes that were open for additional comment.

The agency is now finished taking public comments on OAR 736-051-0080. The additional section in the rule adds a process for the State Physical Anthropologist to receive an archaeology permit.

Public Comment Period: CLOSED

Sept. 1, 8:00am through Sept. 30, 5:00pm.

Supporting Documents

Rulemaking Page


Katie Gauthier

Legislative Coordinator