Public Meetings

Meeting I. Kick Off- Welcome and Public Comment

August 2013 – Take the survey from our first meeting.

At our first set of meetings we will introduce the state parks that are in the Columbia River Gorge management area and explain how the comprehensive planning process will set the vision and management of those parks for the next 10–15 years. We will listen to the communities who call the Gorge their home and those who love to visit. Please join us and tell us what you value about state parks in the Gorge and the benefits they provide.

West End

August 14, 2013

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – General Public

Gresham Public Library

385 NW Miller Avenue

East End

August 15, 2013

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – General Public

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Advisory Committee*

Twin Tunnels Visitor Center

Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead

Old Columbia River Drive, Hood River, OR

*The public may attend the Advisory Committee meeting however, only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting.


Meeting II. Assessments

January 2014 – Public meeting presentation materials and meeting notes.

OPRD is currently conducting Resource Assessments and Visitor Experience Assessments for the Gorge state parks to better understand opportunities and constraints in the management of our park system. At our second set of public meetings we will present these finding to the public. The community members and park staff will then work together to identify the most important values, strategies, and actions needed to guide the comprehensive planning and design efforts in all of the state parks in the Gorge.

Advisory Committee

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1:00pm- 4:00

Gorge Pavilion

Marine Park – Cascade Locks, OR

West End   

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5:20 -7:30pm

Gorge Pavilion

Marine Park – Cascade Locks, OR                                                      

East End    

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

5:30-7:30pm

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

5000 Discovery Drive – The Dalles, OR

Meeting III. Concept Alternatives

Approximately April 24 2014 – Look for concepts on the website to review prior to the in-person meetings.

At our third set of public meetings park staff will present planning concepts with alternatives for state parks in the Gorge and listen to public comment. Concept alternatives are helpful planning tools that allow us to consider different visions for the park and better clarify the specific opportunities and challenges at each park site and throughout the Gorge. Public engagement and discussion at this meeting is especially important to the success of the planning effort.

Advisory Committee Meeting III.

Wednesday, April 30

1:00-4:00pm

Corbett Fire House

Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District #14

36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway

Corbett, Or 97019

(Note: The public may attend the Advisory Committee meeting however, only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting.)

West End Public Meeting III.

Wednesday, April 30

5:30-7:30pm

Corbett Fire House

Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District #14

36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway

Corbett, Or 97019

 

East End Public Meeting III.

Thursday, May 1

5:30-7:30pm

Hood River Fire Station

1785 Meyer Pkwy,

Hood River, OR 97031

 

Meeting IV. Draft Comprehensive Plan Review

October 2014

At our final set of public meetings in the comprehensive planning process, park staff will present the draft comprehensive plan. The draft plan includes summaries of the assessments, public input, the resulting values and desired benefits of the parks, and final recommendations for the future vision and management of the state parks in the Columbia River Gorge.

Advisory Committee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

Gorge Pavilion

Marine Park – Cascade Locks, OR

(Note: The public may attend the Advisory Committee meeting however, only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting.)

West End   

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5:30 pm -7:30 pm

Gorge Pavilion

Marine Park – Cascade Locks, OR                                                      

East End    

Thursday, October 23, 2014

5:30 pm -7:30pm

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

5000 Discovery Drive – The Dalles, OR

Services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If accommodations are needed, please call 503-986-0723 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

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  2. I live on the Washougal River that feeds into the Columbia River. The Washougal Rv. has two Salmon Hatcheries. The Columbia Gorge in which I live is Federally Protected and the Tribes have rights to the land fish water and air, which are special rights.

    I am a small business owmer and have two commercial properties that sit 300 ft from the rail road tracks on the main street in Washougal, WA. – I am also developing an Organic Food HUB for that location. Want a bite of my organic apple with coal dust all over it?

    We in the PNW are under assult from the oil, gas and coal companies. Basically the entire fossil fuel industry wants to use the FEDERALLY Protected Columbia Gorge as the POLLLUTION CHUTE of the Country; sending these carbons to Asia to burn and in 5-7 days the burnt carbons blow straight back to the Columbia Gorge and Pudget Sound.

    We the people have been trying to stop and fight these 15 fossil fuels projects that now will bring another 90 trains per day through the towns of Camas and Washougal WA which has 7 rail road crossings.

    Our business will be killed and the towns will try up if these projects are allowed. Our river and streams and lands, clean air and beautiful senic beauty will be destroyed.

    With only the Coal Proposal and it’s 6 now 4 coal transfer sites all the millions and millions of coal will be hauled in the Columbia Gorge. The math and science has been run and there will be 98 MILLION TONS OF COAL DUST THAT WILL FALL IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER PER YEAR – YES EACH YEAR. From only this project coal industry proposal the trains run 1 to 1 & 1/2 miles long each and they say now 60 and that will of course climb.

    I have gone to several meetings of the Columbia Gorge Commision. I learned they are now surverying the 13 urban boundaries and their goal is to bring cottage industries into the Gorge. No. The tribes tried that with a Casino and the Public cried out and stopped the Casino. it took years but it was denied, finally.

    The Gorge Commission must be watched, it’s about money. I tried to share under public comments that I watched Medford Oregon go from a dying logging town to a tourist town and now one of the best communities in Oregon.

    In the Columbia Gorge, it’s the biking, hiking, the food in the small towns the wind surfing and the camping we humans enjoy, the out doors of the Ciolumbia Gorge, it’s beauty is a wonder of the world.

    The National Geographic stated with pictures the old Columbia Highway is the most traveled highway in the United States of America.

    CAN I SCREAM IT LOUD ENOUGH – WE NEED TO STOP FOSSIL FUELS INDUSTRY FROM DESTROYING THE FEDERALLLY PROTECTED COLUMBIA GORGE WITH TOURSIUM AND WALKING TRAILS THAT WILL CONNECT THE SMALL TOWNS FOR THEIR TOURIOUS AND MONEY IN THEIR TOWNS.

    WE NEED RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM OUR SUN, WIND, HYDRO AND WAVE AS A BUNDLE SERVICE AND WE WOULD NEVER EVER NEED TO DRILL AND POLLUTE WITH CARBON EVER AGAIN.

    PLEASE PROMOTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY OF THE WORLD AROUND US WITH PARKS AND WALKING TRAILS IN THE FEDERALLY PROTECTED FOLUMBIA GORGE AND STOP THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY FROM POLLUTING THIS NATIONAL TREASURE OF THE FEDERALLY PROTECTED COLUMBIA GORGE.

    WE NEED YOUR LEAD FOR PARKS AND TRAILS FOR TOURISTS, IS THE ONLY WAY FOR THE FUTURE. WE CAN EDUCATE OTHERS OF THE BEAUTY AROUND US AND ENLIGHTEN OTHERS ON HOW TO HONOR AND PROTECT. THIS BEAUTY ALL AOUND US MUST BE ENJOYED AND USED, IF WE ARE WISE STEWARDS OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN.

    Last, if these or any of these fossil fuel projects are approved. I will sell everything so fast and move to a location wherer the land, air and water is still clean and pure. I will take my children the now young tax payer and the grandchild the future tax payers and move out of State. I will take my two small business and development in a community that understands how we must preserve what we have been entrusted to care for.

    Thank you,
    Karen Grimstad
    360-844-5410
    kjgrimstad@gmail.com

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