Preserve Management Plan/Wild and Scenic River Study
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is inviting public comment on the management plan and environmental assessment for the recently designated national preserve, as well as a wild and scenic river study. The legislation that created the 4,070 acre preserve was signed into law on December 19, 2014. This plan addresses management of roads, trails, commercial activities, hunting, hiking, use of pack animals, and backcountry camping, among other things. The preserve contains a campground, nearly 20 miles of gravel roads and 17 miles of trails. There is a federally listed threatened species (spotted owl) and a species of concern (fisher). The area contains a number of rare plants as well as areas that have Port Orford Cedar root rot disease which will need to be kept contained.
The preserve planning process is happening at the same time as the wild and scenic river study authorized in the December 2014 legislation. The study examines whether five creek segments on the monument and preserve should be included in the national wild and scenic rivers system.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the NPS is announcing a 90-day public review period to solicit public comments on this planning project and study. We look forward to your involvement in our planning for the preserve and will ensure that your concerns and ideas are considered and evaluated.
During this review period, the public is invited to one or two meetings listed below to identify any issues or concerns they might have with the preferred alternative, environmental analysis, and wild and scenic river study so that the NPS can appropriately consider them. Park staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the draft plan.
The Lodge at Riverside, Oak Room 1
900 SE 8th Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
RCC Kerby Belt Building
24353 Redwood Highway
Kerby, OR 97531
Both meetings are scheduled for 5pm - 7pm