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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Recreation

Oregonians are passionate about recreation opportunities on public lands. People love hiking, biking, rafting, motorcycling, riding horses, or simply enjoying the solitude of wilderness areas. The BLM had 5.4 million visitors in the planning area in 2013, all of whom were engaged in diverse recreation activities.

The BLM will be increasing recreation opportunities in the 2016 Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon. The BLM will be increasing recreation opportunities in the 2016 Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon. These new opportunities, as well as the goals for existing recreation opportunities, are outlined in the Recreation Management Area Frameworks below:

The Story Map shares videos of recreation opportunities and collaboration, as well as the locations of new Recreation Management Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Lands with Wilderness Characteristics.

You can view all of the Resource Management Plan Story Maps on the ESRI website.

Click for the Recreation Story Map.

Click for the Story Map

For more information:

District Recreation Profiles

The BLM has partnered with ECONorthwest to developed district-specific recreation profiles (PDF) that summarize the general findings, economic effects and potential trail miles that would result from the implementation of the BLM's proposed resource management plan for western Oregon. These profiles build on the previous spatial analysis that ECONorthwest completed where the scarcity and abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities for the twelve most populated communities in western Oregon was examined. For more detailed information about the specific recreation opportunities proposed in your area, please access the interactive map that was developed for the Proposed Resource Management Plan at the following link: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/prmp-interactivemap.php

Recreation Outreach

Recreation

Recreation usage demands and expectations, related to public lands managed by the BLM in western Oregon, have dramatically changed since the BLM's current RMP was completed in 1995. Public use and enjoyment of BLM-administered lands have been affected by intense competition among increasing numbers of people for a finite amount of resources. Recreation visitation and use are expected to increase, especially in areas near growing communities. The BLM is interested in hearing about the recreation areas and experiences currently used, the values and concerns people have regarding recreation and ideas for other possible sites or experiences.

Recreation

In addition to web based outreach tools, the BLM held four regional workshops across western Oregon (Medford, Roseburg, Eugene, and Portland) to engage the public and receive input specific to the recreation components being analyzed for planning purposes in each of these regions. BLM will use the input to inform re-delineation of recreation management areas, and its overall Resource Management Plan revisions for western Oregon. The dates, times and address of the workshops held in each regional location are below.

Recreation workshops were held at the following locations:

January 29, 2013

BLM Medford District Office

Medford, Oregon

4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

January 30, 2013

Umpqua Business Center

Roseburg, Oregon

4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

January 31, 2013

Springfield Public Library

Springfield, Oregon

4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

February 5, 2013

Mazamas Mountaineering Center

Portland, Oregon

4:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Recreation Workshops Summary and Key Findings Report

Recreation

During the winter of 2013, the BLM initiated a multi-phase outreach strategy to engage the public specifically on recreation management issues. The BLM looked to gain a better understanding of the social values associated with recreational users across western Oregon. This strategy included an interactive web based survey and a series of regional workshops across four western Oregon locations, that involved the participation of the National Park Service-Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program, the Association of O&C Counties, the Outdoor Alliance, Travel Oregon, the Umpqua Confederated Tribe, and the Mazamas.

The BLM will be using the information that was generated at regional workshops to better manage recreation and river related resources, to assist with the evaluation of existing and potential recreation management areas, and to perform suitability determinations on eligible river segments. The BLM will continue to engage the public throughout the duration of the Resource Management Planning process in a collaborative manner.

This Key Findings Report will serve as the initial next step in reflecting back to the public what the BLM learned from the first phase of recreation specific outreach. A full copy of the report is available for download here.

Wild and Scenic River Suitability Reports

Section 5(d)(1) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Public Law 90-542; 16 US Code 1271-1287) directs Federal agencies to consider potential Wild and Scenic Rivers in their land use planning process. To fulfill this requirement, whenever the BLM undertakes a land use planning effort (for example, an RMP) it may choose to analyze river and stream segments that might be eligible or suitable for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (NWSRS). This WSR suitability study is being conducted now because the BLM has made the decision to perform suitability determinations as part of the current western Oregon RMP process. The purpose of the suitability phase of the study process is to determine whether eligible rivers would be appropriate additions to the NWSRS by considering tradeoffs between corridor development and river protection. This study process assesses the suitability of these river segments that have been previously identified as eligible components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The project area for this suitability study includes all river segments within the BLM's western Oregon District boundaries that have been determined to meet the eligibility criteria for Wild and Scenic Rivers.

The Northwest Wild and Scenic River (WSR) suitability report covers eligible rivers within the Salem, Eugene and Coos Bay Districts. The Southwest WSR report covers eligible rivers in the Roseburg and Medford Districts.

Western Oregon Recreation Scarcity Analysis

ECONorthwest conducted a recreation scarcity report too better inform the BLM about the current outdoor recreation opportunities in western Oregon and to assess the current demands and scarcity for activity specific recreation within the western Oregon RMP planning area. The report highlights the areas and types of recreation experiencing the greatest scarcity.

Public Comments: Before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses available for public disclosure in their entirety.