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 A rule-making group is devising a way to enact a new requirement that out-of-state visitors pay an additional fee to rent RV sites in Oregon’s State Parks.



As Oregon copes with drought conditions and limited wildfire resources, a ban goes into effect Thursday, July 22 on campfires in all state parks and forest lands east of I-5 from California to Washington.



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Pamela Slaughter is a Black woman who grew up in Oregon. She has a deep appreciation for nature. But she said that’s been challenged by a series of hateful, harassing comments she and her children have received while hiking. 

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Thieves have stolen four educational signs from Lincoln County Parks.  State police are investigating.

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Two outdoor Oregon holiday traditions will still happen this year, but in a do-it-yourself way.

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Oregon State Parks will continue its tradition of offering free parking on the day after Thanksgiving.

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The limited re-opening of Forest Service and State Parks camping is great news for outdoor-loving Oregonians. Still, officials say, it’s important to follow Phase One guidelines, and be respectful.

By the end of May, Oregon State Parks will list the campgrounds opening June 9th, primarily to people with existing reservations. Chris Havel, with Oregon State Parks, says, “What’s going on right now is our managers are sitting down with pen and paper, literally, and drawing out schedules to see where we have enough staff to provide coverage and where we don’t.”

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s March 23rd executive order closed all state parks, as well as playgrounds and sports courts. Lane County Parks have remained open.

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The day after Thanksgiving is often filled with shopping, but bargain-seekers can also find a deal by heading into the great outdoors.

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Oregon has many historic and geological sites with informative signage. What’s been missing until recently is much recognition of the time before Lewis and Clark. There’s momentum now to tell a deeper history of the state.

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The Oregon Parks Commission this week voted 7 to 1 to sell a 38-acre wayside on Highway 99 between Eugene and Corvallis to a lumber company. The sale still has to be approved by another state agency.

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Oregon State Police are taking the lead on a case where a sandstone rock formation was pushed over by tourists.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.


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The toppling and destruction of a sandstone formation at a state park site in Tillamook County is now being investigated as a possible case of vandalism.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports:

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Archie Knowles Campground, located 18 miles east of Florence, has been closed for 5 years. Starting with a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow, work will begin immediately to rehabilitate the site.

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The day after Thanksgiving isn't just for shopping.

Oregon State Parks is taking its cue from a major retailer and other states and waiving $5 day-use parking fees on Black Friday.

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Planners are gathering information about trails at Honeyman State Park in Florence. There's a public meeting Thursday evening.


Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Department has been considering a smoking ban for years. They happened to present their idea to the City just as the City Council began debating a downtown smoking ban.

There’s plenty of precedent for these kinds of bans. All Oregon State Parks are smoke free. Craig Carnagey is with Eugene’s Parks Department. He says the ban is a logical step:

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The week between Christmas and New Year’s is peak whale-watching time at the Oregon Coast. The State Parks Department is ready with several programs for visitors.

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People who don’t speak whale will find interpreters this week at the Oregon Coast. Hundreds of trained volunteers will staff 24 locations at just about every major lookout, helping people spot gray whales and learn about them. Brain Hoeh (HAY) is with the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. He says this week is ideal for whale watching:


It could soon be illegal to smoke cigarettes outdoors in Oregon's Parks. The state is considering a rule change in the New Year.