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Oregon snowpack holds steady near normal

The March Water Supply Outlook Report release by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that Oregon’s mountain snowpack remains at near normal to above-normal levels in most basins across the state.

It also continues to surpass last year’s peak levels, with a statewide average snowpack that’s 92 percent of normal.

Portions of eastern Oregon are experiencing the highest snowpack levels due to above-normal precipitation that fell as snow throughout January. Additionally, cooler temperatures at higher elevations have retained the snowpack from earlier in the season.

In Western Oregon, snowpack is the lowest in the state in the Mt. Hood and Willamette Basins, at 77 percent and 76 percent, respectively. As the spring weather approaches, warmer temperatures and rain-on-snow events could result in significant snowmelt runoff.

For more information, visit www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/snow

Public invited to propose forest projects

The Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests and the Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee are soliciting project proposals to be funded under provisions of Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act for fiscal year 2016.

The federal legislation encourages individuals, nonprofit organizations, local governments and others to propose projects that restore watersheds, decommission/maintain roads, control noxious weeds, thin tree stands or otherwise improve the condition of the forest.

The proposed projects need not be implemented on Forest Service lands, but must benefit national forest resources.

Applications and instructions to submit Title II proposals for review can be obtained online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/willamette/rac. Applications should be submitted electronically to Jennifer Lippert, RAC Coordinator, via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If e-mail is not available, project proposals can be mailed to Jennifer Lippert, Willamette NF, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR, 97477. Proposals should be submitted electronically or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Land-use hearing set for Brightwood RV park

Clackamas County has given notice of a land use hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, regarding a conditional-use permit to construct and operate an RV park at 61999 East Highway 26 in Brightwood.

The park will have 99 campsite spaces, an office, clubhouse, laundry facility, restrooms and shower. The proposal also includes a circulation system, utilities for each camp site and septic system, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, picnic areas, walking paths, open grass area, recreation area, septic dump site, detention ponds and landscaped site. There will be an on-site water well.

The park will operate seven days a week, with the office open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the two employees will work on site. An employee will check campers in during the night. Access for the 9.08 acre site is off Highway 26.

The hearing will be held in the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

For more information, call Sandy Ingalls at 503-742-4532 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..