Opine if you got 'em: State park smoking ban comments due Jan. 17

Opine if you got 'em: State park smoking ban comments due Jan. 17
Ah, the great outdoors

SALEM, Ore. - Smoking would be restricted to cars, tents and RVs, plus campsites in developed overnight camping areas, under a proposed rule for Oregon State Parks.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes through January 17 at 5 p.m.

If approved, the rules would take effect March 1. Enforcement would start Jan. 1, 2015, after a warning period.

The proposed changes, which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/oregonstateparksmoking, are designed in part to reduce litter and protect natural resources in Oregon's state parks, the department said.

Smoking is already prohibited in public buildings in the parks.
Public hearings were held Tuesday in Grants Pass and Thursday in St. Paul. Hearings in Bend and Newport are set for next Tuesday and Thursday.
 
Comments may also be e-mailed to oprd.publiccomment@state.or.us and written comments may be sent to Richard Walkoski, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.