Public Meeting for Cottonwood Canyon State Park Lease Option with Prineville BLM

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6 – 8 pm;  Memorial Hall, 120 S. Main St., Condon, OR.
Please join us! Prineville Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  is requesting public input on options to issue the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (ORPD) a lease for about 10,000 acres in the lower John Day River basin, 22 miles northwest of Condon, Oregon. The State would manage the leased lands together with the Cottonwood Canyon State Park. The proposed lease would identify the terms and conditions for how ORPD could use the public land, including the development and maintenance of almost 32 miles of roads and trails. Without this lease, ORPD would not be able to connect trail segments and would limit public access in this area for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. If the lease is approved, camping would also be limited to ORPD’s designated sites within the park boundary. For more maps of the proposed development and trail system please go to cottonwood-plan-maps-ch10.
As a result of the new State park, the BLM is also considering setting a boating use level to this segment (Segment One) of the John Day Wild and Scenic River to account for the possibility of increased use and interest. BLM is considering limits to the number of groups per day between May 15 and December 31.
These actions are needed to work with ORPD to provide the public a seamless recreation experience with access to both the land and water in this area and to identify the kinds and amount of public use that the river can sustain without impact to the Wild and Scenic River values, such as fisheries and recreation.
The BLM is in the scoping phase of the analysis, which means that any comments received by the public or interested parties will be used to identify issues and develop alternatives.  Although there will be additional opportunities to comment, BLM is requesting input now so that it can be considered early, and invites you to share concerns about how actions related to this proposal might affect other resources or uses. Topics to consider might include boating use limits, visual resources, wildlife, recreation or historic/cultural resources.
Comments can be made at the meeting or sent to:
Prineville BLM
Attn Cottonood Canyon EA
3050 NE 3rd St.
Prineville OR 97754

3 thoughts on “Public Meeting for Cottonwood Canyon State Park Lease Option with Prineville BLM

  1. Please don’t cut off that ability to hike 3 or 4 miles upstream from the highway and dry-camp overnight. This is one of the best ways to enjoy this part of the river.

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