Oregon State Parks seeks volunteers to serve on scenic bike trails and outdoor recreation committees

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee, to represent tribal governments or the interests of a historically underprivileged community. represented.

The OORC assesses, scores and ranks project applications seeking financial assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.

The OORC is a nine-member committee appointed by the Director of the OPRD and represents various interests. Committee members serve four-year terms and may be eligible for a second term. The OORC generally meets once a year, virtually or in Salem. The time commitment varies and includes reviewing approximately 15-20 grant applications each annual funding cycle. Interested applicants should submit a Committee Interest Form to the LWCF Program Coordinator by November 14.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Program is a competitive grant program funded by the National Park Service and administered by the OPRD. Grants are awarded to local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, and eligible state agencies for land acquisition, development, and rehabilitation projects for public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

For more information about the advisory committee or the application process, contact Nohemi Enciso, LWCF Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 503-480-9092.

Meanwhile, the OPRD and Cycle Oregon are looking to compile a slate of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee for two general positions.

Two seats at large are open on the 11-member committee. Committee members are appointed by the Director of the OPRD for a four-year term and are eligible for re-election. The committee meets four times a year, three remotely and one in-person, with additional field trips throughout the state to evaluate proposed and designated scenic bike trails. Deputy head positions are nominated by volunteers and authorized for reimbursement of travel expenses.

Those interested in serving must submit a Scenic Bikeway Committee Interest Form by January 31, 2023. 235-5994.

The Scenic Bikeways program is currently run through a partnership agreement between Cycle Oregon and OPRD. The committee advises Cycle Oregon and OPRD on route management and designation, and the long-term perspective of strengthening the existing program and sponsor groups associated with each designated scenic bike route. Its members include representatives of citizens, tourism organizations, local governments, and state and federal agencies involved in bicycle recreation or transportation.

Ideal candidates would have experience working with groups promoting designated cycle routes, cycle tourism, community groups or representing the interests of underserved groups, but being a cyclist and riding the proposed routes are not requirements.