Oregon State Parks seeks volunteers to serve on scenic bikeway, outside recreation committees

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

The OORC evaluates, evaluates 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 OPRD Director representing various interests. Committee members serve four-year terms and may be eligible for a second term. The OORC usually meets once a year, virtually or in Salem. The time commitment varies and includes the assessment of approximately 15-20 grant applications per annual funding cycle. Interested applicants must 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, state-recognized tribal governments and eligible state agencies for land acquisition, development and rehabilitation projects for public recreation areas and outdoor facilities.

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

In the meantime, OPRD and Cycle Oregon are attempting to compile a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee for two vacancies.

There are two vacant seats on the 11-member committee. Committee members are appointed by the OPRD Director for a four-year term and are renewable. The committee meets four times a year, three times abroad and once in person, with additional field trips across the state, to evaluate proposed and designated Scenic Bikeways. The vacancies are honorary positions and entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses.

Interested parties must submit a Scenic Bikeway Committee interest form by January 31, 2023. To submit an interest form go to https://forms.gle/VPka3SfVa4EMLzHp6 or contact Clint Culpepper at [email protected] or 971-235-5994.

The Scenic Bikeways program is currently managed under a partnership agreement between Cycle Oregon and OPRD. The committee advises Cycle Oregon and OPRD on route management and designation and on the long-term strengthening of the existing program and advocacy groups associated with each designated Scenic Bikeway. Its membership includes civic representatives, tourism organizations, local governments, and state and federal agencies concerned with bicycle recreation or transportation.

The ideal candidate would have experience working with advocacy groups for designated cycle lanes, cycle tourism, community groups or representing the interests of underserved groups, but it is not necessary to be a cyclist and ride suggested routes.