Land managers work on update to Gorges management plan

first_imgLand managers are conducting an overdue multi-year review and revision of the management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.The resulting document could have impacts for landowners and recreation enthusiasts alike for a decade or more after its finished.Through a process they’re calling Gorge 2020, the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the U.S. Forest Service are working on updating the Gorge’s management plan.As part of that process, officials are paying particularly close attention to the topics of economic vitality of communities in the Gorge, urban area boundaries, emerging land uses and the development review process, and recreation resource management.The agencies have already held dozens of initial meetings around the Gorge to connect with stakeholders and listen to their concerns. From those meetings came the four aforementioned topics that will be explored in depth at future meetings.“Residents of the Gorge will feel some differences with respect to the policies of what you can do with private land in the Gorge,” said Rachel Pawlitz, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.“For the visitors to the Gorge,” she said, “recreation is one of the topics that will affect them the most.”The National Scenic Area Act was created to protect and enhance the scenic, cultural, recreational and natural resources of the Gorge. Equally significant, the act was intended to support the economies within the Gorge by encouraging communities to grow within their urban growth boundaries and allowing growth that’s consistent with the goal of protecting the scenic area.last_img read more

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