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.
The plan for the park was last updated in 1991. The robust growth (150% since the last plan) in diverse user groups and number of visitors has triggered the need for a new plan. One that provides a detailed look to “fully address future recreational use and resource management for the future health and success of Smith Rock State Park,” per the Smith Rock Park Plan website. Read more... (721 words, 8 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
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. Read more... (303 words, 7 images, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Ian Caldwell smiles sheepishly and shrugs when referred to as “The Mayor of Smith Rock.”
While he thinks “it’s cool” that such a lofty title has been bestowed on him, he quickly acknowledges the village that helps him help Smith. He goes on to say that every outdoor area needs a steward to step up and help lead conservation efforts to preserve them for the future of all.
We could take up pages to describe all the ways that Ian serves Smith Rock State Park.
From climbing route and trail restoration to rescue efforts, it seems that Ian clones are everywhere. Read more... (133 words, 6 images, estimated 32 secs reading time)
Oregon State Park Annual Passes are on sale this month for $25! They’re usually $30.
The rangers are seeing a lot of cars with expired passes right now.
They are trying to give reminders (instead of citations) through the end of the sale to encourage people to renew.
Smith Rock State Park Ranger Josie Barnum says she wrote 6 warnings for this alone on Saturday.
The Welcome Center is just open on weekends during the winter but you can also get them at the Terrebonne Thriftway, and other local retailers, or at the State Park system online store. Read more... (118 words, 6 images, estimated 28 secs reading time)