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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet June 24-25 in Klamath Falls

June 6, 2014

Klamath Falls OR – The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fourth meeting of the year on June 24-25 at The Running Y Ranch at 5500 Running Y Road, Klamath Falls, OR.

On June 24, Commissioners will tour state parks in the area starting at 8 a.m., then attend workshops at The Running Y from 1-4 p.m.

On June 25, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at The Running Y to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department budget for 2015-2017, consideration of a property purchase in Tillamook County, and other topics. The Tillamook property is a site known locally as the Beltz property, 357 acres in the Sand Lake estuary north of Pacific City with access to the ocean. The department has an option to purchase the property, but the commission must make a final decision before the deal can move forward. The purchase price will not exceed $1.8 million, paid for using Oregon Lottery funds dedicated by Oregon voters to improve the state park system. The property would be protected in its natural state, with a few trails to help people enjoy the landscape. More information is online at http://tinyurl.com/oprdbeltz

The full meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@oregon.gov 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 (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.