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Advisory committee meets July 18 to develop plan for Nehalem River Scenic Waterway

July 2, 2018

NEHALEM, Ore. - The Nehalem River Scenic Waterway advisory committee will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 18 to continue developing a draft management plan for a 17.5 mile segment of the Nehalem River. The meeting will be held at the Nehalem Bay State Park meeting hall, 34600 Gary St., Nehalem.

The meeting is open to the public, but no public comments will be accepted during the meeting. A public comment period for the draft plan will be opened later this year.

On the agenda: Committee input on choosing the category classification for the river segment, and additional input into the draft management plan.

A 17.5 mile segment of the Nehalem River is being considered for designation as a State Scenic Waterway. The proposed segment begins at Henry Rierson Spruce Run campground, and ends at the confluence of Cook Creek, near Cougar Valley State Park. A map of the proposed segment can be viewed online: www.oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/scenicwaterways/Documents/NehalemProposed_Sept2017.pdf.

The draft management plan will help the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission analyze the merits of the proposed designation.

The State Scenic Waterways program protects the existing scenic, natural and recreation values of 22 designated waterways throughout the state. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Oregon State Statute directs OPRD to periodically study new waterways for potential inclusion in the program.

For more information about the meeting or State Scenic Waterways, contact Jan Hunt at 503-986-0705 or Jan.L.Hunt@oregon.gov. Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Jan Hunt at least three days in advance.