Category Archives: Parks & Recreation Dept.

Giant gold mining machine now a tourist attraction in eastern Oregon

The pictures we conjure of gold mining are usually cartoonish – old prospectors in floppy hats, panning creeks or working away with a pickaxe. Rarely do we imagine anything like the Sumpter Valley Dredge. For decades the massive gold mining machine tore up a patch of eastern Oregon, extracting millions of dollars worth of gold. […]
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Oregon’s state parks break camping attendance record, higher fees at popular parks coming

The number of people camping in Oregon’s state parks reached new heights in 2018. Oregon welcomed more visitors than ever before to its 57 campgrounds, while state park attendance overall hit its second-highest mark in state history. Source: Oregon’s state parks break camping attendance record, higher fees at popular parks coming

The 20 most popular Oregon state parks in 2018

We already know Oregon state parks are popular, but which of the nearly 200 park sites are the most popular? On Monday, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department sent over visitation data from 2018, revealing the popularity of every park site around the state. Source: The 20 most popular Oregon state parks in 2018 | […]
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Grants offered for historic properties, archaeology projects

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects. The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, […]
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Find out how officials are seeking to limits OHV use in and around state parks near Owyhee Reservoir

Malheur County Sheriff: ‘We are opposed’. Area Oregon State Parks officials appeared before the Malheur County Officials on Wednesday to discuss use of off-highway vehicles – such as ATVs’ and side-by-sides – around Owyhee Reservoir as well as in and around the state parks located there. The question was where should those off-road vehicles be […]
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Public Comment Ends Soon On Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan

The Oregon Coast Trail meanders along beaches, through forests…and sometimes along the shoulder of busy Highway 101. The Oregon State Parks Department says Source: Public Comment Ends Soon On Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for February 1 in Salem

The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Tillamook conference room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem. The meeting is open to the public. Source: Salmonberry Trail meeting set for February 1 in Salem | […]
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Oregon coast home eaten away by waves gets reprieve

Two winter storms last month tore off the basement walls of the Rockaway Beach home that Tai Dang has been trying to save for the past four years. But the Portland area man appears to have finally reached a major turning point in his fight to install riprap to protect the Tuscan-style villa, estimated to […]
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Oregon State Parks Workers To Clean Garbage On Federal Lands During Shutdown

Some Oregon State Parks workers are now tending to federal recreation lands as the partial U.S. government shutdown continues with no end in sight. People are still visiting trailheads, day-use parking lots and boat ramps on federal lands, but U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management rangers aren’t on duty. Source: Oregon State Parks […]
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Oregon State Parks workers to clean overflowing garbage on federal lands during ongoing shutdown 

Some Oregon State Parks workers are now tending to federal recreation lands as the partial U.S. government shutdown continues with no end in sight. People are still visiting trailheads, day-use parking lots and boat ramps on federal lands, but U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management rangers aren’t on duty. Oregon State Parks spokesman […]
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