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OPRD Exclusion Rules Update (2023)

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Oregon State Parks strives to provide safe and welcoming recreational spaces for all visitors with a commitment in managing, enhancing and protecting Oregon’s natural, scenic and culturally-significant landscapes. If a visitor demonstrates behaviors, issues or problems that threaten park staff, visitors and/or the natural landscape, the agency may turn to Division 10, General Park Area Rules, General Regulations or Division 21, General Ocean Shore State Recreation Area Rules to support excluding the visitor for a specific period of time.  
The proposed rulemaking will update the exclusion and appeal process. A recent court challenge pointed out the existing rules were vague and too open to interpretation by OPRD staff. The suit was resolved with a commitment to improve the rule’s fairness and clarity. The updates will clarify excluding individuals from Oregon State Parks who commit state park rule violations that endanger the safety of visitors, staff or park resources; provide clear information on how excluded individuals may request an appeal; and how the appeals will be processed.

The draft Rule change can be found *HERE*

Past Rule Advisory Committee Meetings:

Rule Advisory Committiee meetings have taken place over the last three months starting in July with the first one and wrapping up in September with the third. Each of these were live streamed to the OPRD Directors Youtube page and can be viewed by following the links below.

Rule Advisory Committee #1: *06-28-2023*

Rule Advisory Committee #2: *08-11-2023*

Rule Advisory Committee #3: *09-08-2023*

Public Comment Period: CLOSED

Public comments was accepted from December 1st at 8:00 am through January 4th at 5:00 pm.

Public Comment was previously open from Oct. 2 at 8:00 am to November 3 at 5 PM.

Public Hearing:

A virtual public hearing took place October 30th at 2:00 pm. To whatch that hearing please click *HERE*

Comments Recieved: 10/2/2023 - 11/3/2023

10/2/2023 - 10/6/2023

10/7/2023 - 10/13/2023

10/14/2023 - 10/20/2023

No Comments Received 10/21/2023 - 10/27/2023

10/28/2023 - 11/03/2023

Comments Recieved: 12/1/2023 - 1/4/2024

12/1/2023 - 12/8/2023

No Comments Received 12/9/2023 - 12/15/2023

No Comment Received 12/16/2023 - 12/22/2023

No Comments Received 12/23/2023 - 12/29/2023

No Comments Received 12/29/2023 - 1/4/2024


Updated Exclusion rule filing notice

Updated Press Release 12/1/2023

Press Release 10/2/2023

Exclusion rule filing notice

OPRD Commission request to open rule

Draft rule change 10/2/2023 - 11/3/2023

Updated Draft Rule Change 12/1/2023 - 1/4/2024

Rulemaking Page


Katie Gauthier

Legislative Coordinator