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Recreation Chapter In NSA Management Plan Under Review

A public meeting is planned for later this month on the current review of the Recreation Chapter of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s management plan.  Scenic Area Recreation Officer Stan Hinatsu says much of the focus is on dealing with the increases in usage of recreation areas in the Gorge.  Hinatsu says as they heard more about the congestion issues, a technical expert in recreation planning was consulted, finding the plan does a very good job in managing the size and intensity of recreation development but could be enhanced to try to manage use.  Hinatsu says they are still in the development stage of the review process, meeting with various stakeholders and getting input on what they can potentially change in the plan, particularly in the recreational intensity guidelines.  A community meeting is planned for October 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wind River Education Center in Carson.