ORS 390.010¹
Policy of state toward outdoor recreation resources

The Legislative Assembly recognizes and declares:

(1) It is desirable that all Oregonians of present and future generations and visitors who are lawfully present within the boundaries of this state be assured adequate outdoor recreation resources. It is desirable that all levels of government and private interests take prompt and coordinated action to the extent practicable without diminishing or affecting their respective powers and functions to conserve, develop, and utilize such resources for the benefit and enjoyment of all the people.

(2) The economy and well-being of the people are in large part dependent upon proper utilization of the state’s outdoor recreation resources for the physical, spiritual, cultural, scientific and other benefits which such resources afford.

(3) It is in the public interest to increase outdoor recreation opportunities commensurate with the growth in need through necessary and appropriate actions, including, but not limited to, the following:

(a) Protection of existing and needed open spaces for appreciation, use and enjoyment of Oregon’s scenic landscape.

(b) Provision of adequate land for outdoor recreation.

(c) Preservation and restoration for public enjoyment and education of structures, objects, facilities and resources which are examples of Oregon history, archaeology and natural science.

(d) Development of a system of scenic roads to enhance recreational travel and sightseeing.

(e) Encouragement of outdoor activities such as festivals, fairs, and events relating to music, dance, drama, art and sports.

(f) Expansion of facilities for camping, picnicking and lodging in or near recreational areas and along routes of travel.

(g) Provision of tourist hospitality centers, which may include informational services, sanitary facilities, camping and picnicking areas at points near major highway entrances into the state.

(h) Provision of trails for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling and motorized trail vehicle riding.

(i) Development of waterways, land and water facilities for recreational boating, hunting and fishing.

(j) Development of all recreation potentials of the several river basins, compatible with programs of water use enunciated by the Water Resources Commission.

(k) Provision for access to public lands and waters having recreational values.

(L) Encouragement of the development of winter sports facilities.

(m) Encouragement of programs for recreational enjoyment of mineral resources.

(4) It is in the public interest that all efforts be made through research, education and enforcement to the end that Oregon’s outdoor recreation resources will be used under the highest standards of conduct.

(5) It shall be the policy of the State of Oregon to supply those outdoor recreation areas, facilities and opportunities which are clearly the responsibility of the state in meeting growing needs; and to encourage all agencies of government, voluntary and commercial organizations, citizen recreation groups and others to work cooperatively and in a coordinated manner to assist in meeting total recreation needs through exercise of their appropriate responsibilities. [Formerly 184.310]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 390—Scenic Waterways; Recreation Trails Parks; Recreation;, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors390.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.
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