After a multi-year analysis and review, including input from thousands of members of the public, the Siuslaw National Forest has published the final Record of Decision designating motorized travel routes and areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The final ROD designates routes that are open for motorized use in the 10(C) management area (riding on designated routes only) and shifts some areas from 10(C) to 10(B) (open riding permitted). It differs slightly from the draft ROD (released September 2014) in that it includes some minor clarifications and adds three supplemental maps. This decision does not affect which areas of the ODNRA are zoned for motorized use and which are zoned for non-motorized use. It does not close any areas currently designated for open riding nor open up any non-motorized areas to motorized use.
With the designated routes decision now final, the Forest Service will begin implementation this spring. This will include posting signs and notices identifying which areas and routes are open to motorized use. Also as part of implementation, user-created routes that have not be designated in the final ROD will be signed as closed, blocked, or allowed to naturally revegetate, and will no longer be available for motorized use.
The Siuslaw National Forest is now focusing attention on the Dunes Restoration Strategy, a multi-partner collaborative effort aimed at planning and implementing ecological restoration of the Oregon Dunes. Facilitated by the Forest Service, the Dunes Restoration Strategy brings together stakeholders representing a variety of interests (including motorized and non-motorized recreation advocates, biologists, community members, and more) to focus on the mutual goal of restoring the naturalness of the Oregon Dunes.
To view the final ROD, visit www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=34220. For more information about implementation of the designated routes decision, contact Shane Gill, Central Coast Ranger District and ODNRA Developed and Dispersed Recreation Lead, at email@example.com or 541-271-6042. To learn how to participate in the Dunes Restoration Strategy, contact Donni Vogel, Central Coast Ranger District and ODNRA Natural Resources Staff Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-563-8416.