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Recreation Site Facility Master Planning Underway For The Gorge

Workshop planned for April 19

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area welcomes participation in an effort to evaluate developed recreation sites.

The goal of the process is to help the Forest Service provide high quality recreation experiences and ensure recreation facilities meet visitor expectations.

The public is invited to attend a workshop on April 19, at the Gorge Pavilion, Port of Cascade Locks Marina Park, Cascade Locks, Ore. The workshop will begin at 6:30 pm and is expected to last two hours.

Interested people should plan on attending the workshop from the beginning in order to more completely participate.

The seven step "Recreation Site Facility Master Plan" is an analysis tool that will help the National Scenic Area align developed recreation sites with the unique characteristics of the Gorge, projected recreation demand, visitor expectations, and budget. National Forests across the nation are undertaking this process.

"The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is committed to serving the public by efficiently operating and, when necessary, modifying the services we offer to ensure recreation sites provide the right opportunities in the right places. We look forward to working with our stakeholders to develop a program that ensures developed recreation sites are consistent with visitor desires and National Scenic Areas special characteristics," said Dan Harkenrider, area manager.

The National Scenic Area has completed the first step in the process which was to update recreation site inventory and estimate operation and maintenance costs as well as the amount of deferred maintenance for each site.

The public workshop is intended to help the Forest Service identify the Gorge's unique set of recreation opportunities and attributes or "niche" (Step Two).

For more information regarding this project call Stan Hinatsu (541) 308-1708.

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