Volunteers sought to serve on Oregon Outside Recreation Committee

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two positions on the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee are now open for volunteers to apply for. The committee recruits one member to represent the interests of people with disabilities and one member to represent members of a historically underrepresented community or tribal government.

The OORC assesses, evaluates and ranks project applications for funding for assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program. The nine-member committee is appointed by the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Each member serves a four-year term and may be eligible to serve a second term.

The OORC usually meets once a year, virtually or in Salem. Time commitment varies and tasks include reviewing and evaluating an average of 15-20 grant applications per annual funding cycle. The OORC priority ranking is reported to the Director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to the Oregon State Parks Commission.

Interested parties must submit an interest form to the LWCF program coordinator by Monday, September 19. The form is available online at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/Pages/GRA-lwcf.aspx#8

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Program is a competitive grant program funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 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.