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Title: Molalla River-Table Rock Recreation Area Management Plan


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Molalla River-Table RockRecreation Area
Management Plan
  • Bureau of Land Management,
  • Salem District
  • October 23, 2009

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Presentation Outline
  • Intro and Background
  • Timeline and Planning Process
  • Management Themes and Alternatives
  • Next Steps
  • Discussion

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  • BLMs land base
  • 43,067 acres in Upper Molalla watershed (33 of
    watershed)
  • 11,875 designated as Special Recreation
    Management Area
  • 5,700 acres included in Table Rock Wilderness

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Background
  • Molalla River Exchange
  • 1992 land exchange
  • Corporate concerns over dumping, vandalism, etc
  • 12 miles of riverfront property below Glen Avon
    Bridge
  • Foundation of Recreation Corridor
  • Table Rock Wilderness
  • Designated in 1984
  • Last contiguous piece of pristine forest in the
    watershed
  • Plan completed in 1987 continues to guide
    management, established current trail system
  • BLM Management
  • Staff come from Wildwood Recreation Site with
    assistance from Salem District Office
  • Two volunteer host couples stationed at Molalla
    maintenance shop
  • BLM law enforcement with help from Molalla PD and
    Clackamas County

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Background (Visitor data)
  • Who the Visitors Are
  • Over 90 come from NW Oregon
  • Demographics (ethnicity, education, etc) similar
    to Clackamas County as a whole
  • Over 90 come in groups of 2 or more
  • What they tell us
  • 88 satisfied or very satisfied
  • 75 report being very attached to Molalla-Table
    Rock area
  • Recreational impacts rated as minimal concerns
  • Only 13 report feeling crowded
  • Visitor data comes from 2007 Arizona State
    University Visitor Survey

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Management Plan Purpose and Goals
  • Purpose
  • Guide the management of recreation use and
    resources
  • Guide the function and design of specific
    projects
  • Identify management actions
  • Goals
  • Preserve, protect and manage the Molalla
    River/Table Rock SRMA for the use and enjoyment
    of present and future generations
  • Adaptively manage the SRMA to enhance the areas
    recreation opportunities and unique
    characteristics
  • Recognize that increased future use will trigger
    the need for increased levels of management

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Management Plan Process Where are we?
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Alternatives
  • Each alternative varies based on themes
  • Management of overnight use
  • Management of day use and river access
  • Shared-Use Trail System and Trailhead Access
  • Visitor Services and Information

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Theme Overnight Use
  • Identified as major issue
  • Riverside impacts
  • Long-term occupancy
  • Water quality concerns
  • Public safety
  • 45 to 50 of users reported camping during their
    visit
  • Average stay 4.5 nights
  • Current visitors like the
  • status quo
  • Only 26 expressed interest
  • in developed campground

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Theme Day Use Recreation and River Access
  • Much of day use on the Molalla is river-based
  • Roughly 70 report swimming during their visit
    22 say it is their primary activity
  • 7 claim fishing as primary activity (equivalent
    to shooting)
  • Less than 1 cite rafting or kayaking as primary
    activity
  • Average stay 5.3 hours
  • No consistent interest from users for large-scale
    improvements

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Theme Shared Use Trail System and Trailhead
Access
  • 16 of Corridor visitors use the trail system
  • 10 cite horseback riding as primary activity
  • 3 cite mountain biking as primary activity
  • 2.5 cite trail hiking as primary activity
  • 70 satisfied or very satisfied
  • Some concerns with beneficial experience for
    other groups, trail conditions

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Theme Visitor Services and Information
  • Information that orients visitors to the area
  • Interpretation that highlights local natural
    history
  • Forum for rules and regulations
  • Moderate level of interest from visitors in more
    visitor information

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Alternatives Overview
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  • GOAL
  • Provide opportunities to engage in dispersed
    recreation along a forested river corridor with
    options for camping, swimming, picnicking,
    angling and trail use in a relatively undeveloped
    setting.
  • INTENT
  • Provide high quality visitor experiences with a
    continued focus on reducing public safety
    hazards, dumping and vandalism. Maintain
    existing facilities and trails. Properly enforce
    current rules and regulations.

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  • Entrance sign at start of BLM ownership
  • Major rules and regulations signage at Americorps
    TH
  • Boards for posting seasonal information (fire,
    angling regs, etc)
  • Signage at each campsite and most day use sites
  • Kiosks at Americorps, Sandquist TH, Hardy Creek
    TH, Ivors Wayside and Turner Bridge
  • Problems with vandalism

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  • ?HOW WOULD THIS BE COMPLETED?
  • Current staffing and levels of maintenance would
    be maintained
  • Two hosts would continue to station out of
    Molalla Maintenance Shop
  • Address ongoing problem areas

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  • GOAL
  • Provide opportunities for dispersed recreation
    along a forested river corridor with options for
    riverside camping, swimming, picnicking and trail
    use. Strategically place amenities to control
    visitor use and mitigate impacts to sensitive
    resources.
  • INTENT
  • Provide for a high quality visitor experience.
    Minimize infrastructure development and long term
    operations and maintenance costs while adequately
    managing for increased visitor use.

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Site Definition
Improved river access
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  • ?HOW WOULD THIS BE COMPLETED?
  • Same levels of staff and host presence
  • Specific areas improvement selected in final plan
  • Trail re-routes
  • Day use enhancements
  • Campsite closures
  • Improvements implemented within first two seasons

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  • GOAL
  • Provide a mix of developed overnight recreation
    and dispersed day use along a forested river
    corridor. Centralize overnight use in order to
    minimize resource damage.
  • INTENT
  • Address resource damage by limiting dispersed
    overnight options and increasing levels of
    management. Expand the visitor base to include
    those seeking developed yet primitive camping
    opportunities, while maintaining options for
    dispersed day use and river access.

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Potential Campground Amenities
Visitor Info
Tent Pads and Fire rings
Entry Signage
On-site Host
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  • ?HOW WOULD THIS BE COMPLETED?
  • Phase out campsites over 2 to 3 years as new site
    is developed
  • Temporarily less capacity
  • Recruit and station host at new campground
  • Utilize volunteers and youth crews to
    rehabilitate sites
  • Summer 2009 pilot project

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  • GOAL
  • Provide a day use recreation experience that
    allows for safe, enjoyable river and trail
    access. Eliminate or reduce impacts and
    undesirable conditions associated with overnight
    use while enhancing other activities.
  • INTENT
  • Limit recreation options to certain activities
    and locations that are the most appropriate.
    Expand the visitor base to those seeking more
    managed recreation settings. Allow other
    regional recreation providers to supply overnight
    opportunities.

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  • Select three locations for developed day use
    sites
  • Looneys Gate
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Ivors Wayside/Sunset
  • 8 to 10 picnic sites each
  • Swimming and river access
  • Visitor info and trailheads
  • Closure of other day use sites in main corridor
    area

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  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ grills
  • Shelters

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  • ?HOW WOULD THIS BE COMPLETED?
  • Phased closure and rehabilitation of campsites
  • Phased closure and development of day use sites
  • Two hosts would continue to station out of
    Molalla Maintenance Shop
  • Ramp up law enforcement and administrative
    presence to stop overnight use

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Management Plan Process Where do we go from
here?
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Questions?
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