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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 26-27 in Salem

April 15, 2016

Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 26-27 in Salem.

On April 26, commissioners will gather from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to participate in work sessions and trainings at the Oregon State Capitol Hearing Room 350, 900 Court St. NE. Commissioners will also tour Salem's Riverfront Park and the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge construction project that will connect two city parks. The bridge project received a $750,000 lottery-funded grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in 2013.

On April 27, commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at State Capitol Hearing Room 50 to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities. A public business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

  • Open official rulemaking for two new scenic waterways. Effective March 2016, Gov. Kate Brown designated portions of the Chetco and Molalla rivers as State Scenic Waterways, the first designations since 1988. Proposed rules, based on draft plans that were developed by community members prior to designation, will be distributed for public comment this summer.
  • Review a proposal to add Mill Creek Ridge, 115 acres in Wasco County, to the registry of State Natural Areas (http://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic/natural-areas-program).

The draft agenda will be online at http://bit.ly/april2016agenda by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) 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.