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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Sept. 23-24 in Condon

Sept. 16, 2013

Condon, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fourth meeting of the year September 23 and 24 at the Memorial Hall in Condon (located at 120 S. Main St.). The meeting takes place one day before the official opening and dedication of the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park on the John Day River between Condon and Wasco.

The Commission meeting will begin on Monday with work sessions from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. followed by an executive session from 2:30 until 5:00 p.m. to discuss acquisition priorities and legal affairs; this portion of the meeting is closed to the public.

The following day, the Commission will hold its regular business meeting starting at 8:30 a.m.; the session is open to the public and includes time for comment on matters not already on the agenda. Current items include: 

  • listening to further public testimony on the proposed land exchange affecting Bandon State Natural Area and possible purchase of new state park property in Grant County (more information at www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-bandon.aspx);
  • approval of the new comprehensive plan for the Wapato State Greenway on Sauvie Island;
  • adoption of the Bear Creek Greenway Trail and Dinah Moe Humm/Kiwa Butte Trail as State Designated Regional Trails;
  • requests to begin taking public comments related to smoking in state parks, and adopt new 2014 camping rates in state parks;
  • the appointment and reappointment of representatives to the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council;
  • the addition of two Nature Conservancy parcels in Lake and Klamath counties to the registry of State Natural Areas.

The full agenda, as well as a meeting packet with background information on these items and supporting materials, can be accessed at www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.

Public speaking time on items not already on the agenda is limited to three minutes per person. Written testimony is not required, but those who plan to speak are requested to provide 15 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 can call 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 www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx. The final Commission meeting of the year will be November 20 in Corvallis.