PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is permanently closing roadside camping at Green Peter Reservoir northeast of Sweet Home, Ore.
Crews will start work Tuesday erecting signs and barriers and removing fire rings and other dispersed camping amenities on Corps land along Quartzville Road to Milepost 17.2, just beyond Trout Creek.
The Corps is addressing natural resource damage and public safety concerns related to dispersed camping in the area known as the Quartzville Corridor. Dispersed camping is frequently associated with vandalized trees, barren and hardened soil, and garbage dumps and other sanitation issues. Vehicles, boat trailers and other camping equipment often encroach upon the roadway.
“By shifting camping activity to designated recreation areas, we will improve the quality and safety of recreation at Green Peter Reservoir,” said Tami Schroeder, Willamette Valley Projects park manager.
This work is part of the first phase of the 2011 Green Peter Reservoir Recreation Plan developed by the Corps and Linn County Parks to improve recreation and environmental conditions in the area and ensure compliance with Corps regulations.
Future improvements include constructing or expanding developed recreational facilities at Whitcomb Creek Park, Moose Creek Park and Trout Creek Campground; upgrading boat access at Billings Park on the south side of the dam; and creating designated boat-in campsites with cabins and yurts. To read the entire Green Peter Reservoir Recreation Plan, go to http://www.linnparks.com/pages/generalinfo/parkplanning.html.
The Corps’ final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for implementing the first phase of this plan is available with this news release at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases.aspx.
“We are very excited about working with Linn County Parks to develop additional recreation opportunities at Green Peter,” said Schroeder. “This area has so much potential, and we are happy to make some positive changes.”
Green Peter Dam and Reservoir is one of 13 dam and reservoir projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette Basin. Each dam contributes to a water resource plan designed to provide flood damage reduction, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation and navigation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries. For more information, visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/WillametteValley.aspx.