Oregon State Parks Comprehensive Planning Schedule Update

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We have updated our current planning schedule and will tentatively be holding the final series of public meetings in October. At these meetings we will be presenting the Draft Comprehensive Plan for Oregon State Parks in the Gorge.

In the meantime we are busy adding your comments into our draft park proposals; drafting phasing priorities and park management strategies. We will announce the exact dates and locations of the next round of meetings as soon as they are finalized.

In the meantime, we wish you another beautiful summer season in the scenic Columbia River Gorge!

 

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Posted on June 9, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Columbia Gorge Is getting to be a traffic mess as predicted. Some idiot decided to put up a gate at Multnomah falls heading east to the parking lot to limit visitor access. It is causing a bigger mess of traffic yams in high season on the old gorge highway. The better solution is to remove the fee use signs at Benson State park and make that an extension of the Multnomah Falls are and Rooster Rock State Park should also be fee free to the public to reduce traffic to Multnomah falls. Lower bridal veil falls has never been developed as planned and it too would take cars off the road and allow public access to public parks that used to be for the public and not a side line business for one or more state agency. The idea of tolls at Multnomah falls is not going to be very popular guaranteed and we know that is where the administrators want to go with it having put up that gate on interstate 84. Instead of trying to make the old gorge highway a one way system it would be better for the state of Oregon to ask the two railroads on either side of the river if they could share the tracks for a one way non stop set of loops though the gorge instead of having idle trains all the time at various holding points. If that were to happen then an old Amtrak train could be put in service letting people out at Multnomah falls and other stops in the gorge. Right now that would be impossible with all the idle trains .

    Bridal veil has the pillars of Hercules which should have trees thinned and the trail better maintained so the public has reasonable access and a view from the highway. Rooster rock is also over grown and the trees and shrubs need to be thinned so the form of the geology is visible year round. At the moment even in winter time those areas are obscured by over grown vegetation.

    All state parks should be free of charge for use by the Oregon public considering the already high level of taxation in the state. keeping parks in primitive form or asking for private maintenance donations would be the better way to go so the parks remain truly common areas for the public . The parks used to be free for public use and everyone knows that the trend is now to grow a bureaucracy at the expense of the public.

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