Joint Arboretum and Friends resolution regarding the Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan Update
The boards of directors of Mount Pisgah Arboretum and the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah reviewed and considered the Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan Update and jointly approved the following resolution.
Resolved, Mount Pisgah Arboretum (the Arboretum) and The Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah (the Friends) applaud Lane County Parks for working to update the comprehensive master plan for its 70 recreation sites. The Friends and the Arboretum shall offer support to Lane County Parks in working to improve the comprehensive Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan (POSMP). Both organizations believe that, in reference to the Howard Buford Recreation Area (HBRA), the POSMP should:
1) Contain and reflect the purpose of HBRA as stated in the adopted HBRA Master Plan –“to provide varied opportunities for primarily low intensity outdoor recreation and education activities while protecting, conserving, enhancing, and maintaining the natural, scenic, historical, rural, and recreational qualities of this… park.” We believe this purpose statement accurately reflects the current uses and activities at HBRA. New uses or facilities should be compatible with this statement.
2) Clarify the roles, and the scope of the benefits provided by the Friends, the Arboretum, and other partners that contribute to the stewardship of HBRA – The “Current Features” portion of the HBRA narrative in the POSMP should include a detailed statement of the goals and contributions of the Friends and the Arboretum.
3) Define priority trail and facility improvement goals for HBRA. The Park Vision portion of the HBRA narrative should clearly state that future development of facilities must be compatible or consistent with the preservation and protection of the natural features of HBRA.
4) Incorporate the recommendations of the Lane County Large Events Task Force (LETF) – We support the recommendations for limiting and managing large events at HBRA and other parks included in the LETF report as approved by the Lane Board of County Commissioners on November 10, 2015.
5) Further define the process for issuing special use permits for overnight camping (General Policies Item 5) to reflect consideration of potential impacts – The POSMP should clarify that special use permit requests will be carefully evaluated to identify potential negative impacts to resource and habitat values. We believe such permits should follow the recommendation of the LETF for large events at HBRA, that priority be given to “events with a primarily educational or nature based theme”.