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Meetings set to plan park management in the gorge

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will convene two public meetings this week in Gresham and Hood River to gather input from local residents and visitors about future uses for parks in the Columbia Gorge.

The meetings mark the start of a yearlong comprehensive planning process, which will guide management of gorge parks for the next 10 to 15 years.

The first meeting will be in the west end of the gorge this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gresham Public Library at 385 NW Miller Ave. The following evening, Thursday, Aug. 15, a second meeting is set from 5 to 7 p.m. in Hood River at the Twin Tunnels Visitor Center (located at the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead on Old Columbia River Drive). It will be preceded by an advisory committee meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. The public may attend this session, but not comment.

At the meetings, Parks staff will introduce the state properties in the gorge — which include 15 parks, six natural areas, three scenic viewpoints, six scenic corridors, and 47 trailheads. Those who wish to submit written comments can send them to gorge.parksplan

@state.or.us or OPRD, Attn: Jaime English, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

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