Why are you creating a Master Plan?
A master plan is needed to fully address future recreational use and resource management for the future health and success of Smith Rock State Park. In the planning process, OPRD will take a comprehensive look at current information on natural and cultural resource conditions and management needs related to the park, outdoor recreation trends in the region, areas within the parks that are suitable for recreational development and use, possible affects of park uses on local public facilities services and neighboring land uses, and related ideas and concerns identified through public input.
Assessments of the parks’ natural and cultural resources are scheduled for completion by late Spring 2017. Once these assessments are completed for the rest of the park property, OPRD will take the next step in mapping opportunity areas, identifying areas that are suited for potential recreational development and resource management activities. The map of opportunity areas, supported by the resource assessments, will provide a basis for discussing options for future development and management of the parks in upcoming public meetings.
How Can I Get Involved?
In the park planning process, OPRD holds meetings followed by written comment opportunities to ask for public input on park-related issues, goals, use and development concepts and management strategies. Two types of meetings will be held in each public involvement phase: 1) Meetings for the general public and owners of properties adjacent to the park are being invited to attend neighborhood meetings at a local venue to share their issues and ideas about the parks and their relationship to the neighborhood. 2) Meetings for the planning stakeholder committee (see below) will also be held at a local venue. The meetings scheduled will be updated on this page.
How are the Advisory Committee Meetings Different than Public Meetings?
The stakeholder advisory committee will be made up of representatives of interest groups and agencies that have direct interest in the park. In general, the criteria used to select Committee members are:
1) The represented group has a significant stake in the outcome, or the representative has professional expertise of particular value to the planning process;
2) The group representative will represent his/her group’s interests ahead of personal interests, and coordinate comments with and convey information to his/her group;
3) The representative is willing to work toward consensus and seek solutions that address multiple interests;
4) The representative is available to attend the meetings;
5) Duplication of membership is generally avoided in representation of an interest, agency or expertise (although members may identify a backup representative to participate in their absence).
Some of the following interest groups and agencies have been asked to participate through committee representation:
- The Burns Paiute Tribe
- The Klamath Tribes
- Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
- Deschutes County Board of Commissioners
- Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Deschutes County Search and Rescue
- Deschutes County Community Development Department
- Deschutes County Parks Department
- Deschutes County Roads Department
- Deschutes Land Trust
- Crook County Board of Commissioners
- Jefferson County Board of Commissioners
- Smith Rock Community Representative
- Professional Outfitter/Guide Service
- Bureau of Reclamation
- Central Oregon Visitors Association
- Central Oregon Irrigation District
- Central Oregon Trail Alliance Redmond Chapter
- North Unit Irrigation District
- City of Redmond
- Redmond School District
- Redmond Fire and Rescue
- Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB
- Crooked River Watershed Council
- Bureau of Land Management
- Cascade East Transit
- US Forest Service
- U.S. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
- Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)
- Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
- Oregon Dept. of Transportation
- Oregon Recreation Trail Advisory Committee
- Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
- Oregon Equestrian Trails Central Oregon Chapter
- Smith Rock Group
Where Can I Review The Draft Plan?
OPRD Planning Web Site
As materials produced during the planning process become available, including the draft plan, any addendums to the draft, the final plan, newsletters, etc., they may be reviewed at the planning website at https://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PLANS/pages/index.aspx or directly on this page smithrockparkplan.com
When available, the plan can also be viewed at the OPRD headquarters office in Salem, and at the Smith Rock State Park office near Redmond.