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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 so we get them on the record.

How you can earn a friendly bear hug

Remember, campfires are only allowed in approved fire rings in Oregon State Park campgrounds. As the fire season continues, campfires may be restricted because of high fire danger. Take a look at our Oregon State Park advisory page  for campfire restrictions and other special notices.

Boom! Howitzers fire at Civil War reenactment July 4-6

Willamette Mission State Park

Photo: Zane Healy

Photo: Zane Healy

Experience the smoke and thunder of an American Civil War battle.  More than 700 reenactors will converge at Willamette Mission State Park to portray the realities of war in the 1860s. Your family can visit the camps of soldiers and civilians and experience their lives during wartime. Bring your lawn chairs or sit in the bleachers to watch artillery and cavalry demonstrations. President Abraham Lincoln will visit the camps and review the troops, as well as hold a town hall meeting Saturday.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors 55-plus and students through high school with student ID. Children under 6 receive free admission. Day-use parking is $5.

Battle and Demonstration Schedule

Time Days Demonstration
9 a.m. Daily Event opens to the public
Battalion dress parades (USA Camp, CSA Camp, Artillery Camp)
9:30 a.m. Sunday Church service
(Artillery Camp; Picnic Shelter if rain)
10:45 a.m. Daily Cavalry drill (Battlefield)
11 a.m. Daily Morning battle (Camps closed during the battle)
Noon Daily Artillery demonstration (Battlefield bleachers)
12:30 pm Daily US medical demonstration (USA Camp/Union Hospital)
1 p.m. Friday & Sunday Oregon during the Civil War (Picnic Shelter)
Saturday Abraham Lincoln speaks with Stephen Holgate (Picnic Shelter)
Saturday & Sunday Fife and Drum Corps field music (Between Battlefield and Artillery Camp)
2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Fashions of the Civil War (Filbert Grove)
Daily Third Brigade Band concert (Picnic Shelter)
3 p.m. Daily Afternoon battle (Camps closed during the battle)
4:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday CSA medical demonstration (CSA Hospital/Artillery Camp)
Camp presentations (Throughout the camps)
6 p.m. Friday & Saturday Camps close to the public




Archaeology students dig Champoeg dirty work

Tours in July and August

Champoeg State Heritage Area archaeology site

Be part of the action as Oregon State University (OSU) students excavate, recover, clean and catalog artifacts from the Robert Newell dig site at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Join ranger-led tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 10 a.m., July 7-Aug. 15. The tours last 1½ hours and are free, although parking is $5.

OSU holds its annual summer archaeology field school at the old Champoeg town site along the Willamette River. Students will excavate an original cabin, possibly once inhabited by John Ball who established the first American farm west of the Rocky Mountains in the area. Later, the land was bought by Robert Newell and a portion became the eastern section of the town of Champoeg. The cabin dig will reveal the history of an early  Oregon settler community and thriving commercial hub.

Visit the Friends of Historic Champoeg website for additional archaeology information.

Need more information? Call Park Ranger Dan Klug, 503-678-1251, ext 222.