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Southern Exposure: Beyond the trail and into the parks

Risley’s pioneering spirit

Published on June 19, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on June 19, 2017 11:05AM

Robin Risley

R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian

Robin Risley

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View of estuary at Sitka Sedge Natural Area.

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View of estuary at Sitka Sedge Natural Area.

Historic fence post at Sitka Sedge Natural Area.

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Historic fence post at Sitka Sedge Natural Area.


“Robin proudly and passionately served on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Commission from 2008 to 2017. During her tenure, she welcomed several new state parks into the system, Chrissy Field, Iwetemlaykin, Bates, Beaver Creek and Cottonwood Canyon. Robin encouraged the department to pursue and secure the acquisition of the Sitka Sedge State Park, which will be opening for the late fall season. Risley could continually be counted on for her reliability, dedication and involvement. She went above and beyond donating her own time attending public meetings all around the state regarding various rule changes and policy impacts to communities and park visitors. She was a great commissioner always listening and advocating for what she believed the public wants it. Her service was top-notch and will be deeply missed.”

— Lisa Sumption, director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission, on Robin Risley

R.J. Marx is The Daily Astorian’s South County reporter and editor of the Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette.





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