The Cascade Head Trails Coordination Team invites public input on draft recommendations for managing trails within the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area (CHSRA), Lincoln City open space and Cascade Head Biosphere to improve public access while reducing conflicts with adjacent private landowners and mitigating impacts on sensitive natural resources.

The draft recommendations, along with additional information about this project, can be found at www.CascadeHeadTrails.org. Those interested in providing feedback on the recommendations are invited to do so using the online questionnaire found at that website. Questionnaire respondents have the option to sign up for virtual discussion sessions that will take place this summer. Following this public input period, the CHSRA Coordination Team will review feedback and may revise their recommendations. Final recommendations will be shared publicly and with land managers and landowners within CHSRA.

Cascade Head Scenic Research Area, a Congressionally designated area that sits between Neskowin and Lincoln City, includes a mix of developed and undeveloped federal, municipal and private lands. Signed by President Ford in 1974, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Act was intended to ensure the protection of the area’s scenic, ecological, and scientific value for present and future generations. CHSRA encompasses ecologically unique and significant coastal meadows, estuaries, and forest, along with residential areas, and is recognized as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. The area is within the traditional lands of the Tillamook, Siletz, and Nechesne/Salmon River peoples and remains culturally significant to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde today.

Since 2018, the CHSRA trails coordination team, a collaborative group of federal, local, and private land managers and landowners, has been collecting input from the public and local landowners to develop a suite of over 50 management recommendations. Draft recommendations include items such as developing new parking areas and decommissioning existing parking areas, building or rerouting trails, improving signage and viewpoints, and enhancing accessibility of some sites. These recommendations are not a binding management plan; once recommendations have been finalized by the team, they will be shared with CHSRA land managers for review, analysis, and possible implementation. Each land manager/owner will make decisions about implementation of recommendations pursuant to all applicable local, state, and federal laws.

The CHSRA trails coordination team includes representatives of Camp Westwind, Cascade Head Ranch, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Siuslaw National Forest, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and The Nature Conservancy. The group is facilitated by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.

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