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W ORKING A CROSS A GENCY L INES. P RESENTATION O VERVIEW K EY T ERMS AND C ONCEPTS U PDATE ON THE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL ( THE.

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1 W ORKING A CROSS A GENCY L INES

2 P RESENTATION O VERVIEW K EY T ERMS AND C ONCEPTS U PDATE ON THE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL ( THE COUNCIL ) R ECOMMENDATIONS ON C APACITY L EGAL R EQUIREMENTS O VERVIEW OF V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT P LANS W ORKING A CROSS A GENCY L INES 2

3 Visitor Use Management Sustain resource conditions and visitor experiences Variety of strategies and tools – Education – Site management – Regulation – Enforcement – Rationing/allocation Process for managing all characteristics of visitor use and settings 3

4 Visitor Capacity Subcomponent of visitor use management Maximum amounts and types of visitor use that an area can accommodate while sustaining desired resource conditions and visitor experiences 4

5 Proactively planning for visitor use maximizes the ability of agencies to encourage access and protect resources and values Importance of Visitor Use Management T HE I MPORTANCE OF AND C HALLENGES WITH V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT AND V ISITOR C APACITY 5

6 Inconsistent and inadequate implementation of VUM and capacity methodologies across the agencies: Not meeting agencies missions Reduced accountability Confusion in the field Inability to demonstrate success Litigation T HE I MPORTANCE OF AND C HALLENGES WITH V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT AND V ISITOR C APACITY The Challenge of Implementation 6

7 T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL Mission: Provide guidance on long-term visitor use management policies and give direction on the most pressing needs by building technical competencies and improving interagency coordination. W ORKING A CROSS A GENCY L INES 7

8 Consistent guidance across agencies Professional and scientific approach to managing visitor use Increased communication and collaboration Cost savings and improved efficiency More defensible decision-making T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Expected Outcomes 8

9 1.Establish guidance directives 2.Develop tools 3.Conduct training 4.Communicate effectively 5.Build institutional capacity T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Work Plan 9

10 Developing consistent terminology and a framework for agency decision-making processes -- on review in 2013 Integrating guidance into on-going projects Developing separate how-to guidebooks for: the visitor use management framework visitor capacity visitor capacity for wild and scenic rivers indicators and thresholds T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Highlights for

11 Preparing a clearinghouse of visitor use management information -- available on a council website in 2013 Prepared a communications plan and organized an outreach team Recruited over 20 volunteers to support the councils work Coordinating with the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation Coordinating with related agency programs and councils T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Highlights for 2012 – 2013 (Continued) 11

12 Shift focus from narrow concept of visitor capacity to the broader concept of visitor use management Key terms are consistently defined across agencies Presents a visitor use management framework to be integrated into agency decision making processes -- using a sliding scale approach Specific guidance for applicable legal requirements re: capacity Wild and Scenic Rivers NPS General Management Plans National Scenic and National Historic Trails (under development) T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Council Position Paper 12

13 Comprehensive River Management Plans must include visitor capacities Maximum number of people that can be received without adversely impacting outstandingly remarkable values Must manage use within the capacities Management decisions in the plan Ongoing projects: Merced River, Snake River, Virgin River T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Specific Direction for Wild and Scenic Rivers 13

14 Acknowledge the adaptive nature & describe adjustment process T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Specific Direction for Wild and Scenic Rivers Near/Above Capacity High Investment/ Rigor Below Capacity Low Investment/Rigor 14

15 A Comprehensive Plan must provide for the acquisition, management, development, and use of the trail, including but not limited to, the following items: (1)Specific objectives and practices to be observed in the management of the trail, including the identification of all significant natural, historical, and cultural resources to be preserved..., details of any anticipated cooperative agreements..., and an identified carrying capacity of the trail and a plan for its implementation; (2)An acquisition or protection plan..., along with detailed explanation of anticipated necessary cooperative agreements for any lands not to be acquired; and (3)General and site-specific development plans including anticipated costs. T HE I NTERAGENCY V ISITOR U SE M ANAGEMENT C OUNCIL (IVUMC) Direction for National Scenic and Historic Trails 15

16 QUESTIONS? 16


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