We’ll be answering more questions and presenting some draft ideas for the park. As soon as the materials are available, we’ll post them online so you can comment here, but do try to attend a meeting as well if you can:
- Monday Nov. 15 – Moro – 6 pm – Sherman County Public/School Library
- Tuesday Nov. 16 – Condon – 6 pm- Veterans Memorial Hall
- Monday Nov. 22 – Portland – 6 pm- Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Meeting materials …
The documents below represent our first, early ideas for the park based on what you’ve told us and the results of a bucketload of on-the-ground inspections. These ideas reflect what the fully-evolved park would look like in the decades after opening in 2013. Tell us what you think.
The planner’s presentation (includes many of the individual maps below, plus a description of the process).
Overall park plan. The red lines are trails, some for horses (mainly on the Gilliam County side and accessed from the JS Burres parking area). Most of the trails are just re-used existing jeep roads, though some are new.
Areas suitable for development based on plant communities.
Park opportunities, showing generally where recreation and natural resources take turns being the lead priority.
Plant restoration focus areas. We have some work to do to defeat weeds and bring back native plants.
Initial ideas for the west entrance, near the current Murtha Ranch right off Hwy 206. This is where most of the formal park development would be. Keep the large, red barn as a meeting area, add a small Welcome Center, picnic area, trailhead, and including a basic 35-site campground (by design, the sites can be used by either tents or RVs, but here are no RV utilities), plus cabins, a small group camp and a walk-in camp. Riparian restoration to bring back riverside plants. One thing you don’t see on the map is a small horse camp across the river and next to the J.S. Burres parking lot. There would be a trailhead there for equestrians, hikers and bicyclists.
Esau Canyon. Trail connections, riparian restoration, small hike-in and boat-in camps.
Hay Creek. Trail connections, riparian restoration including return of the hardwood forest, small horse camp, group tent camp, hike-in camp.
All of these ideas have to work hand-in-hand with habitat restoration and respect the rugged nature of the landscape (and the rules that cover state scenic waterways and federal wild and scenic designations).
So, what do you think?