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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet February 23-24 in Portland

Feb. 10, 2016

​Portland OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its first meeting of the year February 23-24 in Portland, Oregon.

On February 23, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to participate in workshops and a panel discussion with local park agencies at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Commissioners will attend a reception at the same location that evening at 4 p.m.

On February 24, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. 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:

  • Award park grants to Oregon counties through the County Opportunity Grant Program, funded by a share of revenue from the Oregon recreational vehicle registration fees.
  • Designate the Painted Hills State Scenic Bikeway in Wheeler County, and recognize the South Shore Phillips Lake Trail in Baker County as a State Designated Scenic Trail.
  • Review and act on staff recommendations stemming from an external request to amend rules on the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway.
  • Adopt an updated Statewide Trails Plan.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/february2016agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Friday, February 12. 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.