Oregon Tourism: Bikeway Hearing, Historic Preservations Appointee

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Oregon Tourism: Bikeway Hearing, Historic Preservations Appointee

Published 07/18/2011

(Salem, Oregon) – Two new developments in Oregon's tourism world are taking place this month, as a state committee on bicycling transportation will meet and a former first lady of Oregon is appointed to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.

Oregon's Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet July 28 at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Flanders Building, 123 NW Flanders ST, in Portland. The session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 244.

The committee will consider the routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include representatives of bicycle advocacy organizations, local governments, and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655.

Mary Oberst, Oregon's former first lady, has been appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation. The nine-member volunteer group reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, and are recognized contributors to Oregon history, architecture, archaeology, and other related disciplines.

Oberst holds degrees in English Literature (1974) and Law (1984) and was an active supporter of Oregon history projects as first lady from 2003-2011, helping open Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area in 2006 and spearheading a successful fundraising campaign for the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site that raised $1.5 million. Oberst was also an active participant in planning and promoting Oregon's 150th birthday celebration in 2009 and served for several years as one of Oregon's two advisors to the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"The committee's work is the only way to earn national recognition for important Oregon historical buildings, districts and archaeological sites," says Roger Roper, Oregon's Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. "As an avid student of Oregon history, Mary is well-versed in the people, events, and issues that have made the state what it is. Her insights and sincere passion for preserving Oregon history will help this committee guide nominations forward."

The committee holds public meetings in February, June, and October each year at different locations within the state. The October meeting will take place in Weston, Oregon, northeast of Pendleton, on a date to be announced later. More information on the committee is available online at this link.



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