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The Dawn of a Smith Rock Master Plan

Didn’t get a chance to hear what was said at the first in a series of public meetings on the new Smith Rock State Park Master Plan?

Well here’s a link to the cliff notes from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 

SmithRockMasterPlanAssessmentsNOTE-the links are Word documents for the Redmond meetings.
If you prefer pdfs, here you go:

Redmond Advisory Committee Meeting Summary
Redmond Public Meeting Summary
Portland Public Meeting Summary

Not sure what the Master Plan is? Essentially it is the culmination of park assessments, surveys, and public comment sessions to determine how to best manage the park and its resources going forward. 

The Smith Rock Master Plan Gets Local Input

January 28, 2017 Update:
The slideshow from the first meeting is now available for download.  Additionally, an interactive map for the public to create virtual “post-its” is available on the survey page. Remember to take the survey below the map if you haven’t done so yet by February 24, 2017!

Yesterday locals gathered in two lively sessions at the Expo Center in Redmond to give Smith Rock Master Plan input to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 

Weigh In On the Smith Rock State Park Master Plan

January marks the kick-off for Smith Rock State Park Master Plan Public Comment period. It’s been a long time–1991 was the last year you had a chance for input, and a lot has changed since then.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has 2 dates and 2 locations for Meeting 1 of the first round of public meetings to determine the future of the park.

Meeting 1 will go into detail on how the planning process will guide the vision and management of the park. It’s also a listening session for OPRD to hear what local residents and park stakeholders value.

Green Friday Means Free Parking

Chloe Smith on Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State ParkWork off that turkey the day after Thanksgiving with a hike on Smith Rock’s trails instead of the mall.

And do it for free thanks to Green Friday.

For the second successive year, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them on November 25.

The fee stations will be covered up, so if you really want to pay, send them a donation.

We applaud the trend started by REI with their “Opt Outside” campaign to reverse the burst of consumerism that traditionally marks the start of our holiday season.