We had a trio of great meeting last week, and if you couldn’t male one of them, not to worry. This is the beginning, not the end. Appropriate to the start of something new, wildflowers are also in bloom right now.
We held meetings in Moro, Condon and Portland (we’ll get video of the Moro meeting up so you can see what you missed and actually participate as if you were there).
People turned out and shared their early desires and concerns, and that helps the planning process tremendously. This early on, hearing from as many people as possible helps us to two big things over the next 1-2 years: first, make the park serve your needs for outdoor and cultural recreation, and second, protect it and the communities around it from unwanted side-effects.
We have an advisory committee of local, regional and state people to help us consider this new park from every angle, but we also need a constant conversation with the people who will use, or live near, the park.
So park staff will spend the next several months continuing to take your comments (make them here, or send us an email), and at the same time do a massive amount of inventory work. Looking at plants, animals, soils, even doing cultural reviews, is all part of the process. As the experts complete their work, we’ll look for results that we can distill down and place here on the site.
These first meetings came at a special time for the park: wildflowers are in bloom. Here are a few photos (more at Flickr) of the meeting and the flowers showing off the same day …