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Wed. 03/22/17
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility adds butterfly program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/22/17 3:56 PM
Taylorís Checkerspot Butterfly
Taylorís Checkerspot Butterfly
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A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.

This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.

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Attached Media Files: Taylorís Checkerspot Butterfly
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/17 1:25 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.


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Tue. 03/21/17
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/21/17 1:33 PM
David Lewis Purcell
David Lewis Purcell
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.

Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21, 2025.

Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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Attached Media Files: David Lewis Purcell
Fri. 03/17/17
Oregon DOC receives award for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/17/17 4:14 PM
DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was presented with the Recycler of the Year Award at the Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 11, at Willamette Heritage Center. DOC was praised for its recycling and upcycling efforts of ballistic vests, shoes, and fabric; its refurbishing of furniture; and its donation efforts of hundreds of blankets to the Salem Sleeping Bag Project.

DOC's Central Distribution Center (CDC) recycled or upcycled 2.3 million pounds of backhauled commodities from its institutions in 2016 -- up from 1.6 million pounds in 2015. CDC staff worked with prison staff from across the state to collect the following items for recycling or reuse -- diverting over 750 tons of waste from landfills:

o 4,310 lbs. of ballistic vests
o 72,600 lbs. of tires
o 1,200 lbs. of printer cartridges
o 42,875 lbs. of e-waste
o 1,390,391 lbs. of cardboard/office pack paper and 219,270 lbs. of confidential shred

"DOC is a resourceful agency that is finding ways to be a better steward of our environment," said DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle. "I am amazed by the recycling efforts from staff and adults in custody. This Recycler of the Year award would not be possible without the dedicated staff across the department."

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to sustainable operations to protect our natural environment and improve quality of life for healthier communities. Sustainable practices help protect natural resources, save taxpayer money, and model positive lifestyles to the adults in DOC custody.


DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.
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Attached Media Files: DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.