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In an incredibly generous act, the 2021 Oregon Legislature approved the issuance
of $50 million in General Obligation bonds to fund state park facility improvements. Debt
Service on these bonds will be paid with state general funds instead of requiring park funding to
cover this cost. This funding will focus on improving or replacing facilities and infrastructure,
as well as modernizing and expanding some campgrounds.
The agency will receive two disbursements of $25 million each, with the first occurring May
2022 and the second in March 2023. These funds must be spent within three years of payout.

...Capital Improvement and Renewal: $50,000,000 Other Funds (Article XI-Q Bonds) is approved
to finance the capital costs of making improvements to facilities in multiple Oregon state parks.
The project includes improvements or replacements to facilities and related infrastructure such
as buildings, water systems, septic and sewer systems, electrical systems, restroom and shower
facilities, as well as modernizing and expanding campgrounds.


Sure happy Oregon prefers using the traditional definition of "infrastructure".

For list of projects--
https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/CAC/Documents/2021-11-8a.pdf

News article--
https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2021/1........-on-new-campsites-park-improvements.html

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Oregon was doing a great job thinning out the forests both at the Bend area and around Crater Lake. They thinned them to about one tree every 30 or 40 feet. Big improvement and great fire reduction. Leaves a big mess but give it a year or two and it will make camping a lot better. Those were the two areas we stopped at I assume this is a statewide project.
Too nad the state to the south will not do the same.


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And here in "south-central" Oregon, the Fremont-Winema National Forest Service has a personal use firewood program that is a win-win: fallen trees are cleared (from recent fires) in exchange for firewood at $5/cord. Sweet!

Personal Use Firewood

Personal use firewood cutting is available on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Those wishing to cut their own firewood can obtain a woodcutting permit from the Fremont-Winema National Forest Supervisor's Office or local District Offices on the Forest. The cost is $5 per cord with a minimum permit purchase of $20 (4 cords) and a maximum of 8 cords.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/fremont-w........rmits/forestproducts/?cid=fsbdev3_061834

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Posted: 11/19/21 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is good news. I hope they spend some money changing their reservation system so that the sites they have are actually used and not left vacant by late cancellations from scammers.

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I spend a lot of time on fishing camping trips to Oregon. Thanks for the info.

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Posted: 11/19/21 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oregon can afford this as they raised rates and put surcharge on out of state rigs!
This does not include federal campgrounds.


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enblethen wrote:

Oregon can afford this as they raised rates and put surcharge on out of state rigs!
This does not include federal campgrounds.


Oregon State parks are funded by registration fees, camping/parking fees and Lottery funds. No tax dollars used.

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Oregon does not tax out of state people except general sales tax. I think go ducks is talking about different rates on campground fees for in state and out of state. they say that in state people have already partially paid for the campground through their taxes where out of state visitors have not contributed anything to the state's finances so get charged a full price. It is not a surcharge as much as it is a discount for in state people, or so they say... Its a tax.

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When did Oregon start a "general sales tax"? Don't they have an income tax?
You can stay a many private campgrounds for the cost of state parks!

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Oregon has no sales tax but has income tax.
Adding a surcharge is not a tax because no taxes are used to pay for State park funding.
If you don't like the surcharge don't come here to camp. It's already hard enough for Oregon residents to get spots. Or stay in non State parks.

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