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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Recreation

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 Outreach

Recreation

Recreation and visitor services will play a role throughout the western Oregon planning effort. The implementation of new National planning guidance specific to Wild and Scenic Rivers and recreation and visitor services has prompted the BLM to further engage with the public. As a result of this new guidance and public scoping comments, the BLM is reaching out to the public to gather recreation-related information. The BLM asked the public to answer several planning questions related to recreation area management and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Comments were submitted by March 1, 2013 through in-person meetings and online comment forms.

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.

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.