J.R. Beaver’s sneak preview at the Oregon State Fair


Join J.R. Beaver on a tour of our new area at the Oregon State Fair. Drop by Aug. 22-Sept. 1 and say “Hi” to J.R!

 

Fort Stevens makes an impression


Just Another Nature Enthusiast showcases Fort Steven's military history through photos.

Just Another Nature Enthusiast showcases Fort Stevens’ military history through photos.

How does a park visitor view Fort Stevens State Park? Blogger Just Another Nature Enthusiast  shares stunning photos and describes Fort Stevens from her perspective. We love it when others talk about their Oregon State Park experiences!

Take a look at http://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2014/07/11/oregon-state-parks-fort-stevens/.

Fort Stevens State Park

Grant’s Getaways — Luckiamute River


Featuring Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site and Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area, as well as “Free Riding” at Black Rock Mountain (maintained by the Black Rock Mountain Biking Association under an agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry).

Restricted smoking on the beach? Send us your public comment on proposed rules


Tseriadun State Recreation Site

Tseriadun State Recreation Site on the south coast near Port Orford.

We’re accepting public comment on proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the Ocean Shore Recreation Area.

Public comment will play a key role in the decision to create a rule. Comments can be sent to the department through August 29, 2014, by regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by e-mail, or in person at one of four public hearings scheduled in August. All hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the locations listed below.

  • 8/20/2014 – Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside, Ore.
  • 8/21/2014 – Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport, Ore.
  • 8/26/2014 – Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, Ore.
  • 8/28/2014 – North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem, Ore.

Rules that restrict smoking on Oregon state park properties were approved in February by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. Education about the new rule is taking place through 2014, and enforcement will begin in 2015. Previous public comments related to the state park rule asked the department to undertake a similar effort on the ocean shore, which is adjacent to many state parks. Citing environmental issues as a primary concern—plastic cigarette butts can persist for years, even in the harsh beach environment—the commission approved a staff request to consider a smoking rule for the ocean shore.

After listening to public comment between now and August 29, the department plans to present information to the Commission on Sept. 17 at its meeting near Silverton, and return Nov. 19 with a final recommendation at the Astoria meeting.

Note: We welcome your thoughts via the commenting section of this story, although they’re not considered for entry into the rulemaking record.  If you have a question about a fact, piece of background, or procedure, we can probably answer those easily enough. Otherwise, you could direct your messages (things like the enforceability of this idea, whether or not you think it’s useful, whatever you want) to oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov so we get them on the record.