The proposal itself only says that management will remain in the hands of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area State Parks.
The Management Plan has included the possibility of private permitting for well over a decade, but the preferred method of dealing with increased use up to this point has been to arbitrarily increase carrying capacities when necessary.... but the wording leaves the possibility available to managers:
"Whenever use on any one river stretch exceeds 75 percent of capacities established for the commercial or private sector 5 times in any one season, BLM and CDPOR will begin to determine how allowable use will be assigned within that sector. This determination will be made:
> According to standards for Public Land Health and the Recreation Management Guidelines,
> As an addendum (not amendment) to this plan,
> With opportunity for public and Citizen's Task Force review and comment provided,
> Include assignment of launch times and group/party size specifications as appropriate.
* Exceeding prescribed carrying capacities more than 5 times in a season will trigger use allocation the following year for the affected stretch of river. Use allocation will be applied only to the user group that exceeded capacities.
* At the time use allocations are implemented on each segment, place limits on maximum numbers of boats per group and on launches in each segment to reduce crowding and congestion, promote visitor safety and enhance resource appreciation."
"c. Direct Controls
* Develop appropriate stops for overnight use for both commercial 2-37
and private boaters and limit all camping to designated sites.
* From Ruby Mountain to Stone Bridge, limit all river lunch stops
to designated sites."
These topics really don't have anything to do with the Wilderness/Monument proposal, other than possible long-term outcomes of increased traffic in an already popular area. I do feel current managers have no desire to implement these actions, but still they are there in the Management Plan.
If you have an opinion on how this document should be changed for the future email your private boater CTF reps:
Leslie - [email protected]
Mark - [email protected]