A dozen questions, a dozen answers. See something missing? Just ask.
We’ll be answering more questions and presenting some draft ideas for the park. As soon as the materials are available, we’ll post them online so you can comment here, but do try to attend a meeting as well if you can:
- Monday Nov. 15 – Moro – 6 pm – Sherman County Public/School Library
- Tuesday Nov. 16 – Condon – 6 pm- Veterans Memorial Hall
- Monday Nov. 22 – Portland – 6 pm- Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Meeting materials …
The documents below represent our first, early ideas for the park based on what you’ve told us and the results of a bucketload of on-the-ground inspections. These ideas reflect what the fully-evolved park would look like in the decades after opening in 2013. Tell us what you think.
The planner’s presentation (includes many of the individual maps below, plus a description of the process).
Overall park plan. The red lines are trails, some for horses (mainly on the Gilliam County side and accessed from the JS Burres parking area). Most of the trails are just re-used existing jeep roads, though some are new.
Areas suitable for development based on plant communities.
Park opportunities, showing generally where recreation and natural resources take turns being the lead priority.
Plant restoration focus areas. We have some work to do to defeat weeds and bring back native plants.
Initial ideas for the west entrance, near the current Murtha Ranch right off Hwy 206. This is where most of the formal park development would be. Keep the large, red barn as a meeting area, add a small Welcome Center, picnic area, trailhead, and including a basic 35-site campground (by design, the sites can be used by either tents or RVs, but here are no RV utilities), plus cabins, a small group camp and a walk-in camp. Riparian restoration to bring back riverside plants. One thing you don’t see on the map is a small horse camp across the river and next to the J.S. Burres parking lot. There would be a trailhead there for equestrians, hikers and bicyclists.
Esau Canyon. Trail connections, riparian restoration, small hike-in and boat-in camps.
Hay Creek. Trail connections, riparian restoration including return of the hardwood forest, small horse camp, group tent camp, hike-in camp.
All of these ideas have to work hand-in-hand with habitat restoration and respect the rugged nature of the landscape (and the rules that cover state scenic waterways and federal wild and scenic designations).
So, what do you think?
We introduced an newly-edited version of our “Park Values and Benefits” at the public meetings that ended yesterday evening. When we say “Values,” we’re trying to put into words the rationale for creating the park in this specific place. It’s easy to get lost in the big picture, though, and plans aren’t plans unless they give you concrete advice on how to design and guide the evolution of a park over the next several decades.
With that in mind, here are the Seven Big Character-Defining Values driving the park forward. Each is supposed to deliver certain benefits (those are listed). And to provide those benefits, we have to perform some action to make it happen. Those are listed with each value.
Where did the seven values come from? From you, and from the sudden realization that we manage three main resources: natural, cultural and recreational. Each of these three overlap, too (some parks are a mix of natural+cultural features, or recreational+natural, and so on), producing three more unique combinations. That makes six. And because it’s important for a a park to exist as part of a community, that makes seven.
Take a look, and comment by Sept 22. You can leave a comment here, or send one by email.
Our second round of public meetings in Moro, Condon and Portland are coming up in August.
High School Library
65912 High School Loop in Moro
Gilliam County Courthouse
Conference Room in Condon
Tryon Creek State Park
Visitor Center in Portland
We had a trio of great meeting last week, and if you couldn’t male one of them, not to worry. This is the beginning, not the end. Appropriate to the start of something new, wildflowers are also in bloom right now. Read more…
If you show up at the first round of planning meetings near Cottonwood Canyon State Park and in Portland next week, you’ll start off with a couple presentations by our staff (and none are snooze-worthy … really), and then move between some displays that prompt you to share your thoughts about the park’s potential.
Want a sneak peek at those displays? Download the boards right now (10 MB).
We’ll also have video of the April 26 meeting online early next week so you can offer some specific comments just like the people who attend the meeting in person.