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Proposed OPRD Rules
All agency rulemaking notices are published on the first of each month by the Secretary of State in the OREGON BULLETIN.  The OPRD Commission must authorize the agency to proceed with rulemaking before rulemaking notices can be filed with the Secretary of State and rules opened for public comment.  Once the public comment period has closed, the Department prepares the final rules text and submits to the OPRD Commission for  consideration and approval of final text prior to permanent adoption. 

 
If you would like to be added to the Interested Parties email alert list to receive notice of rulemaking actions for Oregon Parks and Recreation, contact the Rules Coordinator at Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov

Comments?  Please send your comments regarding a specific rule to:  

OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov

 Rulemaking open for public comment

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 Closed rulemaking

Proposed rule revisions to allow flexible rate range for certain sites at state parks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-015-0006, 736-015-0020, 736-015-0040 implementing a flexible rate range for certain sites at state parks. Under HB 2318 passed during the 2017 legislative session, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Commission is directed to develop rules to set a reasonable range of rates for fees. The director will then have authority to vary fees within those ranges.

Flexible fee rates give the agency the ability to adjust fees in higher demand areas and while keeping rates lower in other parts of the state. Specific rates for each site will be posted on the website and in the park. This flexibility will be used in a targeted way, with slightly higher rates at the busiest parks and discounts at parks with extra capacity. No general tax funds are used to support the state park system, which relies instead on share of Lottery proceeds, recreational vehicle registrations, and revenue from park visitors.

Proposal to remove Silver Falls ranches from rate and reservation system

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-015-0015 and 736-015-0040. The proposed rule amendment would remove references to reservation and rate requirements for the ranches at Silver Falls State Park currently set in administrative rule.

The proposed rule change would also eliminate personal checks, traveler’s checks and money orders as an acceptable form of payment for reservations taken over the phone. Checks would still be allowed for purchases within a State Park.

 

Electric assisted bicycle use on specific trails and parts of the ocean shore

​The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-010-0015, 736-010-0026, 736-021-0030 and 736-021-0065. The proposed rule revisions to would allow electric assisted bicycles on trails eight feet and wider and along the ocean shore in areas where bicycles are currently allowed.

See notice of proposed rulemaking for locations and dates of public meetings. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., May 18, 2018. and can be made on this web page; in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking                         Proposed rules

Public meeting audio and written comment

Bandon hearing audio

Hood River hearing audio

Newport hearing audio

Redmond hearing audio

Salem hearing audio

Warrenton hearing audio

Written comments - Part 1

Written comments - Part 2

Written comments - Part 3

 

Adding Tribal Governments as eligible to apply for ATV grants and increasing ATV committee members

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to 736-004-0015, 736-004-0025, and 736-004-0085 adding tribal governments as an entity eligible to apply for funding under the ATV Grant Program and adding two members to the ATV advisory committee.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on new rule on lost and found to align with state law

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would increase the monetary amount from $100 to $250 that a person is required to turn over an item found in a state park or along the ocean shore. 

Under state law, any person who finds money or goods valued at more than $250 is required to turn it over to park staff.  A person who finds something valued at less than $250 has the option of submitting it to park staff, as well.  In 2013, the dollar amount statutorily required to be turned over to park staff increased from $100 to $250.  Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing amending administrative rules in state parks and along the ocean shore to align with the new statutory requirements. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain, or preserve abandoned cemeteries

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The proposed rules are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is March 30, 2018.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements.  In December 2017, rules for the new program were opened for public comment.  The Department has modified the rules and is again seeking comment on the modifications.  Any comments received on the previous proposed rules will also be shared with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

December 2017
Proposed rule revisions implementing a flexible rate range for certain sites at state parks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-015-0006 and 736-015-0020 implementing a flexible rate range for certain sites at state parks.  Under HB 2318 passed during the 2017 legislative session, the Oregon Parks and Recreation  Department Commission is directed to develop rules to set a reasonable range of rates for fees.  The State Parks Director will then have authority to vary fees within those ranges.

Under the proposed rules, the RV site range would vary between $5 lower than the base rate and $3 higher.  For cabins and yurts, the range would vary between the base rate and a $5 dollar increase.  For tent sites, the flexible fee range would vary between the base rate and a $2 decrease.  Specific rates for each site will be posted on the website and in the park.

Proposed new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain, or preserve abandoned cemeteries

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The proposed rules are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is Jan. 15, 2018.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. 

Proposed rule revisions to amending criminal background checks for individuals applying for positions as an employee, volunteer or contractor within OPRD

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-002-0042, 736-002-0052, 736-002-0058, 736-002-0070, 736-002-0102, and 736-002-0150 amending criminal background checks for individuals applying for positions as an employee, volunteer or contractor within OPRD.  Rules regarding criminal records check processes need to be revised to be aligned with current Department of Administrative Services standards and will create better consistency between OPRD and other state agencies. The Department recently revised a portion of our criminal background check rules, but determined these rules should be amended not repealed so must reopen rulemaking to take comments on the proposed amendments.

November 2017
Proposed adoption of the Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plans
Amend OAR 736-018-0045
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting written comments on the proposed adoption of the Tryon Creek State Natural Area and amending the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plans under Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045.
The plans detail current natural and cultural resource conditions, outdoor recreation trends and how to balance recreation and resource protection. They set priorities for the next two decades, such as adding or improving trails, parking, facilities and signs. Both plans are available at oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS

Tryon Creek
Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 650-acre day-use park with more than 14 miles of trails, is situated in both southeast Portland and Lake Oswego. As part of the process of drafting the plan, OPRD planners considered comments gathered from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between February and July 2013. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the draft plan in July 2013.  Officials from both Portland and Lake Oswego reviewed the draft for compatibility with zoning codes, a four-year process. OPRD planners made minor changes as a result.

Columbia Gorge
The draft master plan for the Columbia Gorge Management Unit covers 15 parks, six natural areas, three scenic viewpoints, six scenic corridors, and 47 trailheads connecting visitors with more than 150 miles of spectacular trails located in Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco Counties.   The document replaces the previous plan, adopted in 1994.

Planners gathered comments from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between August 2013 and October 2014. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan at their meeting on February 11, 2015. The draft plan was then reviewed by Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco counties for compatibility with their comprehensive plans and zoning codes.

October 2017
Allow WAG bags on the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-040-0070 to allow addition of human waste bags option to the overnight boater portable toilet requirement on the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway

October 2017Adding Tribal Governments as eligible entity for Veterans' and War Memorial Grant Program

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-017-0005 and 736-017-0020 adding tribal governments as an entity eligible to apply for funding under the Veterans’ and War Memorial Grant Program. 
 
July 2017
Overnight camping rates for state parks
Amends 736-015-0020, 736-015-0040
Repeals 736-015-0043
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-015-0020 and 736-015-0040 related to overnight camping rates for state parks.  A $2 per site increase in overnight rental fees for select types of campsites was approved by the Oregon Legislature as part of the 2017-19 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department budget.  Tent site rates will not increase to maintain a lower cost option for park visitors.
  
June 2017
Fees for Public Records
Amends 736-001-0030
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-001-0030 related to fees for public records. These revisions align the OPRD rules with statewide standards for public agencies. The department handles 1-2 formal public record requests a month, but many dozen informal requests as a routine part of its service to constituents. Charging for records is extremely rare, thanks to better storage systems, scanners, and access to online delivery tools.
  
November 2016
​Proposed adoption of the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan
Amend OAR 736-018-0045
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting written comments on the proposed adoption of the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan under Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045. Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is located in Tillamook County approximately four miles north of Pacific City.  Public input on the draft plan for the park was gathered from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between August 2015 and July 2016. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the draft plan at their meeting on September 14, 2016.

Close the beach to vehicle access at North 35th Court in Lincoln City
Amend OAR 736-024-0025

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comments on a proposed rule change that would close a 300-foot section of the beach to motor vehicles in Lincoln City near N 35th court. Beaches in Lincoln County are closed to motor vehicles except for two, 300-foot sections in Lincoln City that have been left open for parking. In the fall of 2015 Oregon State Parks received a petition to close one of those 300-foot sections near N 35th court. On March 30, 2016, a public meeting was held in Lincoln City to gather information on historical use, current use, and potential problems with the beach being open at that location, as well as reasons why vehicle access is important at that location. After analyzing the information presented at the meeting, OPRD determined that a rulemaking action to close that section of beach was warranted.

State Scenic Waterways Program -- Chetco River and Molalla River State Scenice Waterways management
Adopt 736-040-0100, 736-040-0110
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comment on rules governing management of two new rivers designated as State Scenic Waterways, the Chetco and the Molalla.  The rules focus on classification of river sections and specific management practices to maintain the character of the river in those sections. More information about the Scenic Waterways Program.