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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: https://oregonstatefaircouncil.wordpress.com
Contact: Michael Paluszak, CEO
Statutory Authority: ORS 565.040


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center exists as a gathering place for Oregonians to showcase Oregon products and people; to educate and communicate to the citizens of Oregon about the needs, issues and context of the key industries of the state of Oregon, with emphasis on agriculture, forestry, technology and manufacturing; and to create an event that celebrates all of Oregon and Oregonians in an atmosphere of responsible community involvement and citizenship. The Exposition Center hosts the annual state fair at the end of August through Labor Day and provides a venue for meetings, concerts, trade shows, and other events the rest of the year from its location in the heart of Salem, Oregon. From 2005–2014, the center was operated by the State Parks and Recreation Department at the direction of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. The Legislature passed Senate Bill 7 in 2013 to create the Oregon State Fair Council as a public corporation and management of the fair and exposition is being transferred to this new entity.


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
Email: kyle.jansson@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Kyle Jansson, Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 358.570


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Heritage Commission, established to secure, sustain, enhance and promote Oregon’s heritage, is a nine-member governor-appointed commission that has broad responsibilities as a connector and catalyst for hundreds of organizations and thousands of Oregonians devoted to preserving and interpreting Oregon’s heritage resources. Its programs include the Heritage and Museum Grant Programs, technical assistance for heritage organizations, and an annual conference. It also gives annual Heritage Excellence Awards and designates Oregon Heritage Traditions and Statewide Celebrations.

 

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

Statutory Authority: ORS 97.772–97.784


Duties and Responsibilities: Established in 1999, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries maintains a list of historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon. It works to promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries and to provide financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearance.

 

State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0677
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: Chrissy Curran
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/pages/nrhp_sachphome.aspx
Contact: Chrissy Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Statutory Authority: ORS 358.622


Duties and Responsibilities: The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation is a nine-member group that reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The members are professionally recognized in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology and other related disciplines. The committee holds public meetings in February, June and October each year at different locations within the state.

 

State Historic Preservation Office
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0677
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: Chrissy Curran
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/SHPO/Pages/index.aspx
Contact: Chrissy Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

Statutory Authority: ORS 358.612


Duties and Responsibilities: The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) was established in 1967, a year after the U.S. Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act. Under federal and state mandates, the SHPO manages programs that create opportunities for individuals, organizations, and local governments to become directly involved in the protection of significant historic and cultural resources.


The SHPO creates these opportunities through archaeological services, grant programs, planning assistance, administering tax incentive programs, and cooperating with Business Oregon (the Oregon Business Development Department) to manage the Oregon Main Street program, which works with communities to develop comprehensive, in­cremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character and heritage.


The OPRD director is Oregon’s designated State Historic Preservation Officer. The assistant director for Heritage Programs serves as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.


Historic Trails Advisory Council
Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-0677
Fax: 503-986-0793
Email: roger.roper@state.or.us
Web: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD//Pages/ohtac.aspx
Contact: Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Statutory Authority: Executive Order 98-16


Duties and Responsibilities: In 1998, the governor established the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC) to oversee and provide advice on Oregon’s 16 historic trails. Nine volunteer citizens comprise OHTAC to advise the state on locating, preserving and encouraging use of historic trails by Oregonians and visitors. The group meets three times a year. Guided by experts and/or local residents, OHTAC evaluates and records trail conditions, and discusses opportunities for marking and interpreting the trails.


The council collects and shares information on trails, encourages local communities and agencies to develop directional and interpretive signs, brochures and maps, and helps them find resources to protect and share these irreplaceable corridors of history.

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


Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established in 1971 as part of the Oregon Recreation Trails System Act. The act promotes public access to the outdoor gems of Oregon.


ORTAC consists of seven members, at least one from each congressional district and not less than two members from separate counties bordering the ocean shore. ORTAC advises the State Parks and Recreation Commission and the State Parks and Recreation Department on non-motorized recreational trails—including the development of trails and the Statewide Trails Plan—to ensure trails are established both near urban areas and in more remote scenic areas.


ORTAC designates significant trails to highlight the best urban and scenic trails in Oregon.


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