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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opens second comment period for new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain or preserve abandoned cemeteries

March 15, 2018

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is opening a second comment period on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is March 30, 2018.

The department made modifications to the proposed rules since the first comment period in December 2017 and is required by law to solicit public comment again. Staff will consider responses from both comment periods in a final recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for its April 2018 business meeting.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. The amendments are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session.

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0040 to 736-054-0150 is available online. Comments can be made directly on this webpage, through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov or in writing to OPRD, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

OPRD offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the program is available online.