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State Parks and Recreation Department: Agency Subdivisions

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Exposition Center and State Fair
Address: 2330 17th St. NE, Salem 97303-3201
Phone: 503-947-3247
Fax: 503-947-3206
Web: www.oregonstateexpo.org; www.oregonstatefair.org
Contact: Toni Payseno, Exposition Center Manager
Statutory Authority: ORS 565.040


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Exposition Center and State Fair operates the business and properties of the center as a year-round exposition center and meeting space. The annual Oregon State Fair event disseminates knowledge about, and encourages the growth and prosperity of, all agricultural, stock raising, horticultural, mining, mechanical, artistic and industrial pursuits in the state.


The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the State Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the State Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Heritage Commission
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0673
Fax: 503-986-0793
E-mail: kyle.jansson@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/
Contact: Kyle Jansson, Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 358.570


Duties and Responsibilities: The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage by coordinating heritage initiatives by public and private organizations, advocating for all levels of support for heritage, educating the public about its extent and value and promoting and celebrating its diversity. It carries out its mission with Heritage and Museum grants, technical assistance to heritage organizations, declarations of statewide heritage celebrations, a statewide conference and an inventory of state-owned historic artifacts.


Established by the Oregon Legislature in 1995, the Heritage Commission is comprised of nine gubernatorial appointments, who represent the geographic and cultural diversity of the state, and nine ex officio members. The ex officio commissioners represent the Oregon Historical Society, State Library, State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, State Historical Records Advisory Board, Department of Education, Oregon University System, Land Conservation and Development Department and Oregon Business Development Department.


The commission is housed within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and is a statewide partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

 

Commission on Historic Cemeteries
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0685
Fax: 503-986-0793
E-mail: kuri.gill@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OCHC/
Contact: Kuri Gill, Coordinator


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) consists of seven citizens with broad knowledge of the issues relating to preservation, restoration, upkeep and advocacy for historic burial sites and the importance of historic burial grounds in Oregon history. The OCHC coordinates the restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

 

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0677
Fax: 503-986-0793
E-Mail: roger.roper@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_sachphome.aspx
Contact: Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Statutory Authority: ORS 358.622


Duties and Responsibilities: The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation is a nine-member committee appointed by the governor that reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in Oregon and votes on their eligibility. When the committee determines that a nomination is eligible, it recommends that the state historic preservation officer sign the nomination and forward it to the National Register office in Washington, D.C., for review and listing. The committee meets three times a year to review nominations brought forward by the State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO) National Register coordinator. The committee also advises SHPO on matters of program policy and budget.

 

State Historic Preservation Office
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0677
Fax: 503-986-0793
E-Mail: roger.roper@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/SHPO/
Contact: Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer


Duties and Responsibilities: The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) was established in 1967 under the terms of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Under a mandate from the federal government as well as state administrative rules and laws, the office manages programs that allow Oregonians as individuals, organizations and local governments to become directly involved in the protection of significant historic and cultural resources. State and federal grants are available for the rehabilitation of historic properties as well as for other preservation related activities.


Programs of the SHPO include: National Register of Historic Places, Certified Local Governments, Historic/Prehistoric Survey and Inventory, Archaeological Permit Process, Historic Preservation Special Assessment for Historic Properties, Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Historic Preservation Comprehensive Planning, Section 106 Review and Compliance.


Historic Trails Advisory Council
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0579
Fax: 503-986-0793
E-mail: tracy.zeller@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/ohtac.shtml
Contact: Tracy Zeller, Administrative Specialist
Statutory Authority: Executive Order 98-16


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council is composed of nine volunteer citizens appointed by the governor to oversee and provide advice on Oregon’s 16 historic trails, including locating, preserving and encouraging the use of these historic trails, evaluating and recording trail conditions and discussing opportunities for the marking and interpretation of the trails. Goals include collecting and sharing information on locating and marking trails; encouraging local communities and agencies to develop directional and interpretive signs, brochures and maps; and helping them find the resources to protect and share these corridors of history.

Recreation Trails Advisory Council
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0750
Fax: 503-986-0792
E-mail: rocky.houston@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PLANS/ORTAC.shtml
Contact: Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 390.950-390.989


Duties and Responsibilities: The 1971 Legislature created the Oregon Recreation Trails Program and the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council. This seven-member council, appointed by the State Parks and Recreation Commission, meets four times a year and advises the State Parks and Recreation Department and the commission on statewide trail matters. The council also makes recommendations to other trail managing agencies and non-governmental groups. The council focuses on trails for hiking, equestrian use, bicycling, cross-country skiing and non-motorized boating.


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