Administrative Rules guiding hunting within Oregon State Parks will be amended after a virtual meeting of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Advisory Committee's virtual meeting will take place on November 18, 2021, 8:30am. The agency intends to clarify the hunting zones where hunting is allowed in order to ensure the safety of all visitors as well as protect wildlife and strictly regulate the hunting. The public can view a livestream of the meeting at bit.ly/oprdvideo. After the committee review, the rule will open for public comment. Details will be posted on the Proposed OPRD Rules web page. Individuals who require special [...]
A recently-formed rules committee in Oregon will consider where drone pilots can take off and land at state parks and the Oregon Coast. The rules will take into account the drones' impact on wildlife and personal privacy of the guests. It is expected that the rules will be approved by February or April 2022 in time for next year's summer season. Source Photo Credit
Celebrate Halloween while giving back and taking care of nature by participating in Oswald West State Park's cleanup and costume event to be held this Saturday, October 30, 2021. The event is led by Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Surfrider Foundation’s Portland chapter and Trailkeepers of Oregon. Two activities will take place between noon and 2 p.m. including trail maintenance (12 people maximum) and a beach cleanup (50 people maximum). Guests are asked to bring a bucket or bag, gloves, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and a mask. Participants should arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to check [...]
Next year marks Oregon State Parks' 100th anniversary and they will be having an astounding one-year-long celebration to commemorate their 100 years. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said that it all began with just a 5-acre piece of land donation in 1922. Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site became Oregon's first official state park. A century later, the state park system has grown to 254 properties and more than 100,000 total acres! The centennial celebration will also honor the Oregonians who protected and safeguarded the special places and state parks that everyone enjoys today. To celebrate the very first Oregon state [...]
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued last September 28 a public health advisory regarding the rising level of fecal bacteria in the waters of Cannon Beach and Tolovana State Park. People are advised to avoid contact within its waters until the bacteria level stabilizes. Visitors are not allowed to go to any pool of water, creeks, and water runoff flowing into the ocean. High levels of fecal bacteria are highly unsafe and dangerous as they could lead to watery diarrhea, stomach cramps or pain, dehydration, vomiting, fever, and more. OHA will keep testing the ocean waters and will inform the public [...]
For the second straight year, a holiday staple in Coos County will not be held. On Tuesday, David and Shirley Birdgham announced the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park would be canceled this year. In a press release, Friends of Shore Acres announced the ongoing COVID concerns forced the organization to cancel the light show for the second straight year. See more...