Retain existing research natural areas and existing areas of critical environmental concern that meet the test of continuing need for designation. Retain other special areas. Provide new special areas where needed to maintain or protect important values.
Maintain, protect, or restore relevant and important values of areas of critical environmental concern.
Preserve, protect, or restore native species composition and ecological processes of biological communities (including Oregon Natural Heritage Plan terrestrial and aquatic cells) in research natural areas. These areas will be available for short- or long-term scientific study, research, and education and will serve as a baseline to measure human impacts on natural systems.
Provide and maintain environmental education opportunities in environmental education areas. Control uses to minimize disturbance of educational values.
Land Use Allocations
See Map 4 and Table 3 for locations and acres of site-specific existing and proposed special areas, respectively.
Manage special areas for the previously designated areas (Cherry Creek ACEC/RNA, New River ACEC, Powers Environmental Education Area) in accordance with their guidelines in Table 3 until management plans have been completed.
Develop site-specific management plans for new special areas as needed. Protect resource values in new areas pending completion of management plans (see Table 3 for management guidelines). Management plans will address other possible actions such as land acquisition, recreational development, use of prescribed fire, visitor use, and interpretation.