Eugene Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Eugene Record of Decision

Eugene District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

- Tables

- Maps

- Appendices

Recreation


Objectives

Provide a wide range of developed and dispersed recreation opportunities that contribute to meeting projected recreation demand within the planning area.

Manage scenic, natural, and cultural resources to enhance visitor recreation experience expectations and produce satisfied public land users.

Support locally sponsored tourism initiatives and community economic strategies by providing recreation projects and programs that benefit short and long-term implementation.

Manage Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on BLM administered land to protect natural resources, provide visitor safety, and minimize conflicts among various users.

Enhance recreation opportunities provided by existing and proposed Watchable Wildlife areas, wildflower areas, and National Back Country Byways.

Continue to provide nonmotorized recreation opportunities and create additional opportunities where consistent with other management objectives.

Manage special and extensive recreation management areas in a manner consistent with BLM's Recreation 2000 Implementation Plan and Oregon-Washington Public Lands Recreation initiative.

Land Use Allocations

Recreation & Public Purpose Leases: There are currently 4 Recreation & Public Purpose Leases (R&PP) leases for recreational facilities within the District - two with Lane County, one with Linn County, and one with the State of Oregon. The 2 leases with Lane County, (Whitewater and Marten Rapids County Parks) may be relinquished in the near future and, if so, would be managed as part of the McKenzie River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) in accordance with the provisions of the McKenzie River Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP). Unanticipated events may lead to the development of other R&PP leases, in which case, they would be consistent with the other provisions of this RMP.

Special Recreation Management Areas: In addition to the continuing management of the only existing SRMA, Shotgun Recreation Site, 6 new SRMAs would be designated. Constraints and opportunities would be identified through the watershed analysis and would be consistent with the objectives of the Aquatic conservation strategy. The 6 new SRMAs are;

Upper Lake Crk.
Lower Lake Crk.
Gilkey Crk.
Row River
McKenzie R.
Siuslaw River

Note: The ROW River SRMA boundary has been adjusted on the northern end to reflect the boundaries of watershed analysis. The focus of the northern portion is on developing a major trail system. The southern portion of the Row River SRMA remains the same with the focus on the proposed Sharps Creek Recreation mining area.

Recreation Sites/Facilities: Continue management of the existing sites listed on Table 12. Five of these sites (Turner Creek, Lake Creek, Whitewater, Marten Rapids, and Haight Creek) are currently closed. These sites were closed during the early 1980s due to vandalism, budget constraints, and isolated locations (in some instances). These sites were retained for future recreational opportunities when management conditions were favorable. All could be reopened except Turner Creek, which will be returned to the land base. With other nearby recreation facilities, Turner Creek's location does not make it a valued choice for reopening.

Development of 22 proposed additional recreational sites could be accomplished within management needs. These sites would meet a variety of different recreational needs. Refer to Table 10 for a list of proposed sites. All existing trails would remain and 26 proposed trails would be retained for future development. All proposed sites, and facilities are not limited to those listed in the tables. Unanticipated events may lead to the development of additional sites, and facilities, in which case they would be consistent with the other provisions of this RMP. Constraints and opportunities would be identified through the watershed analysis and would be consistent with the objectives of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. Refer to Maps 5 and 6 for locations.

Back Country Byways: There are no existing Back Country Byways within the District but 9 proposed Back Country Byways would be designated. Unanticipated events may lead to the development of additional sites, and facilities, in which case they would be consistent with the other provisions of this RMP. Constraints and opportunities would be identified through the watershed analysis and would be consistent with the objectives of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. These Byways are listed below under each respective Resource Area:

McKenzie Coast Range South Valley
Coburg Hills
Shotgun Cr.
Lost Creek
Alsea
Oxbow
Siuslaw R.
Whittaker Cr. Area
Calapooya Divide
Blue Mountain

Off Highway Vehicle Use Areas: Existing OHV closures would continue within existing ACECs and in the Shotgun Recreation SRMA to protect their resource values. Additional closures would occur in some proposed ACECs and in one environmental education area to also protect resource values. These closures would be determined upon completion of the District's OHV plan based upon watershed analysis and within the constraints of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. Two 40-acre sand dune lots would be designated open and the rest of the District would be designated as limited.

Management Actions/Direction for Riparian Reserves

Design new recreational facilities within Riparian Reserves, including trails and dispersed sites to meet Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives. Construction of these facilities should not prevent future attainment of these objectives. For existing recreation facilities within Riparian Reserves, evaluate and mitigate impacts to ensure that these do not prevent, and to the extent practicable contribute to, attainment of Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.

Adjust dispersed and developed recreation practices that retard or prevent attainment of Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives. Where adjustment measures such as education, use limitations, traffic control devices, increased maintenance, relocation of facilities, and/or specific site closures are not effective, eliminate the practice or occupancy.

Management Actions/Direction for Late-Successional Reserves

Retain and maintain existing recreation developments consistent with other management actions/direction for Late-Successional Reserves (LSR).

Use adjustment measures, such as education, use limitations, traffic control devices, or increased maintenance, when dispersed or developed recreation practices retard or prevent attainment of LSR objectives.

Neither construct nor authorize new facilities that may adversely affect LSRs.

Review on a case-by-case basis new recreation development proposals. They may be approved when adverse effects can be minimized and mitigated.

Locate new recreation developments to avoid degradation of habitat and adverse effects on identified late-successional species.

Remove hazard trees along trails and in developed recreation areas if mitigating measures (e.g., for wildlife tree) can not accomplish visitor safety.

Management Actions/Direction for All Land Use Allocations

In addition to the guidelines for Late-Successional and Riparian Reserves, manage recreation resources in accordance with the following guidelines:

Recreation & Public Purpose Leases (R&PP) - Continue to manage current R&PP leases within the lease guidelines. The BLM lands within the State Willamette River Greenway would be managed to comply with the State's regulations. The County R&PP leases would be managed to comply with their stipulations. When existing leases expire, reevaluate their relevance, on a case-by-case basis in light of current BLM management objectives. Develop future R&PP leases when necessary within the guidelines of this RMP.

Special Recreation Management Areas - Manage SRMAs in a manner consistent with BLM's Recreation 2000 Implementation Plan and Oregon-Washington Public Lands Recreation Initiative. Address special recreation management area issues and prioritized projects in watershed analyses. Prepare RAMPS or Activity Plans for the proposed SRMAs and related project plans as needed. Activity Plans could be developed for other recreation sites or areas on a resource areawide basis, a logical geographic area, or for individual sites/areas as appropriate.

Recreation Sites and Trails - Continue to operate and maintain developed recreation sites/facilities and developed trails. Some sites/facilities and trails could be maintained and managed through partnerships or agreements with other agencies or groups (see Table 11 for a listing of these sites/facilities and trails).

Develop potential sites/facilities and trails as funding becomes available. Develop these facilities and trails to minimize adverse effects to other resource values (see Table 10).

Continue mining withdrawals for existing developed recreation sites and pursue new mining withdrawals for proposed recreation sites. Pursue revocation of existing withdrawal for Turner Creek site.

Manage timber within developed recreation sites for purposes of removing hazardous trees, providing space for additional facilities and activity areas, and providing desired regeneration of the forest canopy within the integration of management of other resources. A wildlife assessment will be considered prior to tree removal unless safety issues prevail.

Continue to provide nonmotorized recreation opportunities and create additional opportunities where consistent with other management objectives.

Extensive Recreation Management Areas - Manage ERMAs in a manner consistent with BLM's Recreation 2000 Implementation Plan and Oregon-Washington Public Lands Recreation Initiative. Through watershed analysis address extensive recreation management area issues and prioritized projects. Prepare project plans as needed.

Back Country Byways - Designate and facilitate use of 9 new Back Country Byways. Coordinate management of Back Country Byways with County governments, chambers of commerce, regional tourism alliances, and the U. S. Forest Service.

Off Highway Vehicles - Work with OHV groups to develop areas specifically for OHV activity.

Develop an OHV plan that identifies areas, roads and trails for OHV use. This OHV plan would be adopted through a formal designation action that will specify where, when, how and what types of OHVs may be used on the District's public lands. Impacts on special status species and wildlife habitats would be part of the development of the analysis pursued during the process. Watershed analysis and the Aquatic Conservation Strategy will also guide the development of this plan. BLM would seek active cooperation in the development of the plan from all affected public parties and other agencies (see Appendix F for more information).

Recreational Mining - The portions of the Row River SRMA (formerly named Sharps Creek SRMA) that were proposed for withdrawal in the RMP/EIS from future entry under the mining laws subject to valid existing rights, will be formally withdrawn. Lands within the proposed withdrawal area (shown on Map 7) not affected by valid mining claims will be available for recreational mining. A Recreation Area Management Plan will be prepared with public input and will be available for public comment prior to establishment of the recreation facility (see Appendix L).

General: Enhance travel and recreation management through increased emphasis on interpretive and informational signs, maps and brochures to support State and local tourism strategies.

Manage recreation areas to mitigate disturbance to a number of fungus and lichen if species are known to occur within these areas. Follow survey and management actions/direction as stated in the Land Use Allocations and Resource Programs sections.