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Governor's Task Force on the Outdoors meets July 11 in Portland

July 5, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – The newly-formed Governor’s Task Force on the Outdoors will hold their second meeting of the year 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 11 at the Nature Conservatory, Vernier Community Room, 821 SE 14th Ave., Portland. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: presentations from Oregon Health and Outdoors Initiative, Outdoor School, and First Gentleman Dan Little’s Roadmap to the Outdoors Initiative; a group discussion of draft recommendations; and an opportunity for public comment.

View the full agenda online: oregon.gov/orec/Documents/2019_07_11_Gov_Task_Force_Agenda.pdf

The meeting is the second in a planned series; subsequent meetings will be held throughout Oregon. The group met for their inaugural meeting in May at Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton.

Gov. Brown established the task force earlier this year, with directive to explore long-term strategies for elevating outdoor recreation in the state. Task force members were appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The governor tapped the Office of Outdoor Recreation, established in 2017 within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), to guide the task force.

The task force is composed of private and public sector representatives and is chaired by Commissioner Jon Blasher of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation, will manage the task force.

View the full membership list online: oregon.gov/orec/Pages/Governors-Task-Force.aspx

Building on and uniting other statewide outdoor recreation efforts, the task force will deliver its final report in April 2020 on recommendations for legislation, investment of existing public and private resources, future funding, and high-level management strategies. Top recommendations will be presented to the governor, state legislature and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Carrie Lovellette, OPRD executive assistant, at 503-986-0733 or Carrie.Lovellette@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.