After pouring over the proposed Smith Rock Master Plan maps and descriptions to provide feedback to Oregon Parks and Rec before the December 15 deadline, we were still a tad confused. We thought you might be too. We asked Scott Brown, Smith Rock State Park Manager to take us to some of the sites of the biggest proposed changes.
Couldn’t make either the Portland or Redmond Smith Rock Master Plan Meetings last week? Not to worry. You still have an opportunity to make your voice heard. And thanks to a fly on the wall, you can get a sense of what transpired. Then, with all the info below, craft an informed opinion. The comment period will officially close November 30th. (Extended Nov. 14. to December 15, 2018)
This Friday, October 5, marks 16 years of the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series here at Smith Rock State Park. Your $5 parking pass each time is the only fee. Come for a hike and stay for the free lectures each Friday night in October from 7:00-8:30 PM. Learn about the latest advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology.
The Smith Rock Master Plan is ready for public input once again. The third in a 4-part series of public meetings, Oregon Parks and Rec will provide a revised plan based on the three alternatives that the public, project stakeholders, and OPRD’s Core Team weighed in on between October 2017 and June 2018. There are now confirmed locations for the public open houses in both Redmond and Portland.
We see it EVERY summer. Scores of hikers heading straight up Misery Ridge, in full sun, dressed in black, with one small water bottle for 2-3 people. The recipe for a Search and Rescue call. It doesn't need to be this way, but you can avoid becoming a statistic pretty easily. First, let's test your knowledge on hydration. (And don't worry, we made this quiz. No one gets your personal data from it.)