The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept public testimony on a master plan for managing Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, formerly known as Marr Ranch, at a state rule hearing Wednesday, March 25, in Enterprise.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Tomas Conference Room at 309 S. River St. It is part of the process of adopting a state park master plan as an Oregon Administrative Rule. It will include no action to adopt the plan.

OPRD will accept written comments on the draft master plan for a 30-day period

following the hearing. Titled "Marr Ranch Property Master Plan," the draft can be reviewed on OPRD's Web site at

Copies of the plan are also at and at the Wallowa Lake State Park office, 72214 Marina Lane, at the south end of Wallowa Lake.

Written responses must be submitted, by April 24, 2009, to OPRD Planning manager Kathy Schutt, 725 Summer Street N.E. Suite C, Salem OR 97301-1271, or (kathy.schutt@state

The northeastern Oregon park was officially named Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site (pronounced "ee weh TEMM lye kinn") earlier this year, honoring a request from the tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe, and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The name translates to "at the edge of the lake."

Regarded by the tribes as sacred ground, the 61-acre site, which sparked land use controversy for many years, overlooks a grassland moraine north of Wallowa Lake. It lies between the south edge of Joseph and the north boundary of Nez Perce National Historic Park.

The draft plan includes concepts for protecting the property's natural, cultural and scenic values while offering public access for recreation and education.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655. For more information contact Schutt at 503-986-0745 or Jim Hutton, Northeast District Manager

541-983-2277, ext. 24.

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