Salem Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Salem Record of Decision

Salem District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

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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 experiences and satisfy public land users.

Support locally sponsored tourism initiatives and community economic strategies by providing recreation projects and programs with both short- and long-term benefits.

Manage off-highway vehicle use on BLM-administered lands to protect natural resources, promote visitor safety, and minimize conflicts among various users.

Enhance recreation opportunities provided by existing and proposed watchable wildlife areas and national back country byways.

Continue to provide nonmotorized recreation opportunities (hiking, biking, etc.) and create additional opportunities where consistent with other management objectives.

Manage special and extensive recreation management areas in a manner consistent with BLM Recreation 2000: A Strategic Plan and Oregon-Washington public lands recreation initiative.

Land Use Allocations

Recreation
Management
Category
Number Approx.
BLM
Acres
Approx.
BLM
Miles
Recreation Sites      
  Existing 12 800  
  Proposed 10 300  
Recreation Trails      
  Existing 8   47
  Proposed 11   131
Special Recreation
Management Areas
     
  Existing 4 1,8001  
  Proposed 7 70,800  
Extensive Recreation
Management Areas
     
  Existing 5 321,300  
  Proposed 0    
Off-Highway Vehicle
Use Areas
     
  Open 129,900  
  Limited 229,200  
  Closed 39,000  
Back Country Byways      
  Existing 2   22
  Proposed 1   15
1 Special recreation management area boundary reduced to
coincide with the special area boundary.

See map 9 for locations and the following management actions/direction section for lists of existing and proposed recreation sites, areas, trails, and back country byways. Areas designated for off-highway vehicle use are not mapped in this resource management plan. They will be mapped in subsequent planning documents.

Management Actions/Direction —

Riparian Reserves

Design new recreational facilities within Riparian Reserves, including trails and dispersed sites, so as not to prevent meeting 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 they 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 —

Late-Successional Reserves

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

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 Late-Successional Reserve objectives.

Neither construct nor authorize new facilities that may adversely affect Late-Successional Reserves.

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.

Management Actions/Direction —

All Land Use Allocations

General

Enhance travel and recreation management through increased emphasis on interpretive and informational signs and maps. Identify on informational handouts at field locations all major travel routes within the planning area. Prepare a travel map for public distribution. These actions will support state and local strategies to encourage tourism.

Manage recreation areas to minimize disturbance to a number of fungus and lichen species known to occur within these areas. Follow survey and manage actions/direction as stated in the introduction to Land Use Allocations and Resource Programs.

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

Developed Recreation Sites and Trails

Continue to operate and maintain 12 developed recreation sites and 8 developed trails. These sites and trails are:

Sites Trails
Alder Glen
Alsea Falls
Canyon Creek
Dogwood
Dovre
Elk Bend
Elkhorn Valley
Fan Creek
Fishermen's Bend
Missouri Bend
Wildwood
Yellowbottom
Baty Butte/Silver King
Boulder Ridge
Eagle Creek
McIntyre Ridge
Nasty Rock
Table Rock
Tillamook Off-Highway Vehicle
Valley-of-the-Giants

Designate developed recreation sites as fire suppression areas and fire fuels management areas. These designations will reduce fire hazards and protect investments. Restrictions on fire suppression equipment and activities will be required in some sites.

Manage timber within developed recreation sites for purposes of removing hazard trees, providing space for additional facilities and activity areas, and providing desired regeneration of the forest canopy.

Pursue mineral withdrawals for developed recreation sites.

Implement no action that will affect developed sites/areas which are under existing Recreation and Public Purposes Act leases to other agencies. When existing leases for these sites/areas expire, reevaluate their relevance, on a case-by-case basis, in light of current BLM management objectives.

Proposed Recreation Sites and Trails

Within the guidelines of watershed analyses and as funding becomes available, develop 10 proposed recreation sites and 11 proposed recreation trails. These sites and trails, grouped into high and moderate development priority categories, are:

Recreation Sites

High Development Priority
Alder Glen Expansion (Tillamook County) 1
Mill Creek
Miner's Meadow (Linn County) 1
Molalla River
Parker Creek

Moderate Development Priority
Bear Creek (Tillamook County) 1
Dick's Ridge (Benton County) 1
Quartzville Creek
Table Rock Wilderness Trailheads
Valley-of-the-Giants Trailhead

Recreation Trails

High Development Priority
Corvallis-to-the-Sea
Crabtree Mountain
[Note: named Green Peter Peninsula-Crabtree Lake
trail in draft resource management plan]
Marys Peak
Nestucca River
Tillamook Off-Highway Vehicle Additions
(Tillamook County)1

1 Added between draft and proposed resource
management plans.

Moderate Development Priority
Elk Creek (Tillamook County)1
Elkhorn Creek
Harry Mountain (Linn County)1
Little North Fork Wilson (Tillamook County)1
North Fork Alsea Rive
South Fork Alsea River

1 Added between draft and proposed resource
management plans.

To retain options for future development, harvest no timber in the proposed recreation sites. Exceptions may be made where a natural catastrophe (e.g., fire or windstorm) destroys the recreation development potential of the sites or trail locations.

In these circumstances, salvage of dead and dying trees or removal of hazard trees may be undertaken. Trees will be removed during construction of facilities.

Pursue mineral withdrawals for proposed recreation sites when development is approved.

Special Recreation Management Areas

Through watershed analyses, address special recreation management area issues, and prioritize projects.

Prepare project plans as needed.

Within the guidelines of watershed analyses, designate and manage four existing and seven new special recreation management areas:

Existing Special Recreation Management Areas
Fishermen's Bend Sandy River
Nestucca River Yaquina Head

 

Proposed Special Recreation Management Areas
Little North Santiam River Mt. Hood Corridor
Marys Peak North Fork Siletz River
Mill Creek Yellowstone
Molalla River/Table Rock  

Extensive Recreation Management Areas

Through watershed analyses, address extensive recreation management area issues, and prioritize projects. Prepare project plans as needed.

Back Country Byways

Continue to facilitate, manage, and promote public use of the Nestucca River and South Fork Alsea River National Back Country Byways.

Designate Quartzville Road as a new component of the National Back Country Byway system. This effort will be coordinated with Linn County, the Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Extend the Nestucca River Back Country Byway to include additional road miles of significance. This effort will be coordinated with Tillamook and Yamhill counties and adjacent landowners.

Off-Highway Vehicle Areas

Designate the majority of BLM-administered lands available to off-highway vehicle use. Areas to be closed or limited are outlined on the following page.

Enhance off-highway vehicle use of the following areas:

Bald Mtn./Nestucca
Greasy Creek/Gleason Creek
Lacomb/Green Mtn.
Rye Mtn./Grassy Flat
Trask Mtn./North Yamhill River

Some possible enhancement measures include better signing; construction of parking areas with off-loading ramps and restrooms; placement of stream crossing structures; etc. Specific enhancement measures will be addressed in watershed analyses and subsequent project plans.