PacifiCorp Receives Excellence in Planning Award


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Lewis River parks and recreation plan receives national
award for recreation planning excellence

PacifiCorp recognized for achievements toward plan for Lewis River parks
and recreation during licensing settlement

WOODLAND, Wash. At a 10:30 am May 26, 2005 a reception was held at the Lewis River Golf Course, Jim Eychaner, the President of the National Association of Recreational Resource Planners (NARRP) awarded PacifiCorp its Excellence in Planning Award recognizing the collaborative public process and comprehensive recreation plan developed during the Lewis River relicensing process.

The Recreation Resource Management Plan was one of the significant outcomes of the Lewis River Hydroelectric Project licensing settlement announced last November. One of the many teams that worked out detailed plans during the settlement process was the Lewis River Recreation Committee, which was staffed by state, federal and community representatives and members of the company's licensing team.

Jim Eychaner, president of the National Association of Recreational Resource Planners (NARRP), nominated the company for the award. A NARRP team reviewed award nominations and selected PacifiCorp from among several entries. NARRP establishes awards each year in three categories, and this year, awarded the company with its Excellence in Planning Award.

"The overall effort was just excellent," said Eychaner. "In this case, a private company elected to engage in a very public process for recreation planning and it did it in a meaningful way."

"We'd especially like to thank those members of the Lewis River Recreation Committee that represented the public interest and the Lewis River community," said Therese Lamb managing director for PacifiCorp's hydro group. "It is due to their input and participation that the process was such a success. PacifiCorp's Lewis River parks are an important part of the Lewis River community," she said, "and through this cooperative planning effort we will make them even better than they were over the past 75 years."

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