Esmeralda Horn, manager of Development and Recreation for the city of Umatilla, was appointed to serve on the new Task Force on the Outdoors.
Gov. Kate Brown directed the Office of Outdoor Recreation to form the temporary task force. The group will develop high-level recommendations on these topics:
- Economic development of rural and urban areas to ensure equal access to the outdoors
- Balancing improved access to the outdoors with environment and natural resource protection
- Increasing outdoor participation, especially among youth and traditionally underserved communities
Task force members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, the body that also oversees Oregon State Parks. Members are selected from government agencies, businesses and nonprofits that have stake in outdoor recreation.
The task force has one year to research and prepare a report to the office of the governor. The report will detail recommended policies, legislation and initiatives to support the above topics.
Horn said she is “excited to have the opportunity to serve on the task force and represent Eastern Oregon and Umatilla.” She has been with the city for two years and since March has been working on developing a recreation program for the city.