Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cougar Valley State Park Master Plan Update

Also Received via AANR eNews, an update on the proposed Cougar Valley State Park east of Tillamook and the potential for a clothing-optional area in that park. My previous post on Cougar Valley is located here.

Several months ago AANR-NW members wrote letters to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) soliciting for a clothing optional area at Cougar Valley State Park. Cougar Valley State Park is a proposed new park in the master planning stages and will be located in Tillamook County.

The OPRD received comments that there was a need to gather more information to address key issues during the planning process. OPRD decided to extend the planning process to allow time to gather more information. The report mentions that an area of concern was provision to protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources. OPRD will be working with the help of fish and wildlife professionals in order to gather potential impacts as a basis for decision-making.

Recent correspondence reports that they anticipate releasing the next draft of the master plan and holding another round of public meetings in the late winter or early spring of 2008. The meetings will be followed by another 30-day written comment period. It was originally scheduled for September 20 and has been delayed tentatively for May 8.

If this is of particular interest to you and you would like to volunteer with the Oregon AANR-NW Government Affairs Team please contact Shirley Gauthier.

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