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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 13-14 in Bend

Sept. 2, 2016

Bend OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fourth meeting of the year Sept. 13-14 in Bend, Oregon.

On Sept. 13, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. tour of state parks in the area, followed by a work session and training at 1:30 p.m. with the director of Washington State Parks.

On Sept. 14, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverbed Community Room, 799 Southwest Columbia Street, to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

* Approve a master plan for Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, a not-yet-open 357-acre park in southern Tillamook County. The plan helps guide future recreation use and resource management on this ecologically diverse property that encompasses beaches, dunes, woodlands and both fresh- and saltwater marshes. Commission approval will allow the department to move forward on opening the park in 2017. OPRD purchased the property in September 2014 with Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks. More information is online http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/Pages/Beltz-Property.aspx

* Adopt minor changes to make the reservation process more efficient for customers and the agency.

* Award more than $850,000 in parks grants to local governments through the Local Government Grants Program, funded by Oregon Lottery dollars.

Following the business meeting, commissioners will attend a 4:30 p.m. reception at Hollinshead Park, 1235 NE Jones Road.

The draft agenda and meeting are online at http://bit.ly/september2016agenda. 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.