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Oregon / Washington

Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan

Current Status

March 19, 2014: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Burns District Office, has prepared and released for public input, the Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan (CRP): an Environmental Assessment (EA) (DOI-BLM-OR-B060-201-0045-EA) and an unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for expected recreational activities and associated facilities that may be desired in the Steens Mountain area, including, but not limited to: campgrounds, trails, interpretive sites, access points, viewing areas and dispersed recreation opportunities. Among other things, if it is determined to be in the best public interest, the Steens Mountain CRP final decision may add to the non-motorized trail system and could close non-motorized or motorized routes designated under the Steens Mountain Travel Management Plan.

If you have comments, questions or input regarding the EA or FONSI, submit them postmarked by May 3, 2014, to Eric Haakenson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at the Burns District Office at the address below. E-mail comments should be sent to ehaakens@blm.gov. After consideration of your substantive comments, a decision outlining the action(s) to be taken within the scope of the EA will be developed and issued.

Project Background

The Steens Mountain Recreation Lands were officially designed on July 31, 1971. The area consisted of a total of 193,856 acres of which 40,692 acres were private and 1,031 acres were state-managed lands. The Steens Mountain Recreation Lands were incorporated into the Steens Mountain CMPA in 2000 (through the Steens Mountain CMPA Act (Steens Act)). Today, the CMPA consists of a total of 496,133 acres of which 67,650 acres are private and 1,070 acres are state lands.

Among the provisions of the Steens Act, several specifically mention recreation. The Steens Act directed the BLM through the Secretary of the Interior to promote viable and sustainable recreation (Sec. 1 and 102); recognize and allow current and historic recreational use (Sec. 111); manage special recreation use permits (Sec. 115); and provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation (Sec. 302). These provisions must be read within the framework of other Steens Act direction; however, the recreation provisions are provided here to illustrate specific direction to recreation. The Steens Act required the BLM to prepare a management plan for the CMPA. The Steens Mountain CMPA Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Record of Decision (ROD) along with the Steens Mountain Wilderness and WSR Plan were completed in 2005. The ROD/RMP directed BLM to address and analyze in a Comprehensive Recreation Plan any facilities or actions to accommodate or manage existing or anticipated recreation use (ROD-67).

Documents Available

Contact Information

For further information about the Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan, or to have your name added to the project mailing list, contact the Comprehensive Recreation Plan Project Lead at 541-573-4400.

Mail or deliver to:
Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan Project Lead
BLM Burns District Office
28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, Oregon 97738

Attn: Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan Project Lead