Then Governor Kate Brown directed the Office of Outdoor Recreation
to form a temporary task force. Dubbed
the “Task Force on the Outdoors,” the group will develop high-level
recommendations on these topics:
- Economic development of rural and urban areas to ensure
equal access to the outdoors
- Balancing improved access to the outdoors with
environment and natural resource protection
- Increasing outdoor participation, especially among youth
and traditionally underserved communities.
Task force members are
appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, the body that
also oversees Oregon State Parks. Members are selected from government
agencies, businesses and nonprofits that have a stake in outdoor recreation.
The task force has one year to research and prepare a report to the
Office of the Governor. The report will detail recommended policies,
legislation and initiatives to support the above topics.