Public Meeting on Drone Rules
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is requesting public comment on proposed Oregon Administrative Rules guiding take-off and landing of drones in state parks and along the ocean shore. The deadline for comments is 5 p.m., April 7.
Oregon Shores has strong concerns about drone use on the coast and how it could affect wildlife as well as privacy and solitude. The proposed rules are intended to provide clarity for drone pilots and the general public on where drones can take off and land. (OPRD can’t control where they fly, although drones aren’t supposed to be out of visual contact with their operators, so controlling where they can be launched is a way of preventing them from flying over key habitat areas.)
Two virtual public meetings are scheduled to take comments, on March 30-31. See separate listing for the second meeting. On Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m., a meeting will be held to consider drone rules for state parks. If you want to testify, go here.
The hearing will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqL6iVPBrfCTO27cNmCTwg.
Comments may also be submitted in several ways:
• Website: oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-rulemaking.aspx.
• Mail: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301
• E-mail: [email protected]
A full copy of the proposed amendments is available on the Proposed OPRD Rules web page.
After reviewing public comments, agency staff will present final amended rules for consideration by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission later this spring.
For more information, contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD Legislative Coordinator, 503-510-9678, [email protected].