BLM LWCF acquisition increases public access to the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River
ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management recently acquired 216 acres along the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River, guaranteeing public access to the river into the future. The acquisition was made possible through funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The protection of these lands will help maintain and enhance the outstanding nature of the North Umpqua River. In particular, BLM will be able to better support fish habitat, water quality and quantity, recreation opportunities and scenic and cultural values.
“I want to thank Douglas County, Western Rivers Conservancy, and the many partners and staff that worked to make these acquisitions possible,” said BLM Swiftwater Field Manager Mike Korn. “By acquiring these lands on behalf of the American people, it guarantees they remain available to the public into the future.”
One of the parcels acquired consolidates management at the Baker Wayside Day Use Area. Previously, ownership at this location was split between the BLM and Douglas County. Bringing this location under a single agency’s jurisdiction will simplify management of the area for the public.
The North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River corridor is popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts and receives between 100,000 and 250,000 annual visitors, including anglers, boaters, bikers, hikers, campers, equestrians and plant and wildlife viewers. Photos are available on Flickr.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, established by Congress in 1964, is committed to safeguarding natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities for all Americans. For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund visit: https://www.doi.gov/lwcf.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.