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State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet by phone February 20 in Salem

Feb. 6, 2014

Salem OR – The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting by phone on February 20, 2014. The public venue for the meeting is the main conference room at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301.

The Commission will first meet in Executive Session from 1-2 p.m. to discuss matters related to acquisition priorities, legal issues and to consider employment of the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The commission will meet in an open, public session starting at 2 p.m. to act on a proposed acquisition of the Grouse Mountain property in Grant County, the proposed Bandon State Natural Area exchange, appointment of a new member to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee, and to select the final candidate for the position of director for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Grouse Mountain and Bandon action items were tabled at the February 5 Commission meeting to provide more time for review of documents related to the two projects.

The full meeting agenda is available online at after 3 p.m. on Feb. 6 at: www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

Materials related to Bandon and Grouse Mountain are online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-bandon.aspx and http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-grousemt.aspx , respectively. Written comments on the proposals will be accepted through 4 p.m., February 14, 2014. Comments must be received by that date, either by email (oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov), or by letter to OPRD, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

Audio from interviews with the final director candidates will be posted online on Feb. 19, 2014.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@state.or.us for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission is a citizen oversight body that 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. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.