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Opinions & Feedback Needed on Siuslaw Recreation Sites

Forest officials are soliciting input from the public to help inform their management of developed recreation sites. Anyone who has visited a recreation site on the Siuslaw National Forest is invited to share feedback about their experience and highlight which recreation sites and amenities are most important to them. This feedback, which is one element of the Recreation Site Analysis process currently underway, will help recreation managers identify where site improvements are needed, where there is demand for increased amenities, and where opportunities exist to reduce operations and maintenance costs.
Recreation Site Analysis (RSA) is a tool to help national forests sustainably manage their developed recreation program. Developed recreation refers to recreation sites that include built features and infrastructure, such as campgrounds, picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and day use sites. RSA helps national forests identify where they should focus their funding and workforce capacity in consideration of operations and maintenance costs, revenues, health and safety, visitor and community needs, natural resource protection, equitable access, and more. The main output of this RSA will be a 5-year program of work to guide management of the forest’s developed recreation sites.
“We know we get a lot of visitors each year, but we’d like to have a better understanding of how people experience and use our recreation sites,” said Dani Pavoni, Recreation, Lands, and Heritage Staff Officer. “This information will help us figure out where and how we should target our investments and resources to best meet our visitors’ and communities’ needs.”
The online feedback form will be open through November 19, 2021. More information on the RSA process can be found on the Siuslaw National Forest website; information on how to participate is also being posted any many recreation sites across the national forest. Responses will be accepted until November 19, 2021. A draft program of work is anticipated in Spring 2022; this draft will be shared publicly for feedback prior to being finalized.
For more information, contact Trevor Robinson, project lead, at trevor.robinson@usda.gov, 541-750-7047.

Press release and photo provided courtesy Siuslaw National Forest on September 14, 2021