Support disc golf in an unprecedented place - on
BLM land right next to Eugene. And it was at the instigation of the BLM
contacting the Eugene DG club!!
If this can be tried and successful it would open
the door for local cooperation between federal land agencies and disc golf
The planning document is dense - only open it if
you like this sort of thing - 285 pages
WHAT YOU CAN
It's not that hard and I will make it even
Support for option 3C in West Eugene RMP
Hit these points
in your own words:
Support option 3C
including the Disc Golf Course at the Stewart Pond unit.
Willamette Disc Golf
Club efforts in Corvallis area has reduced illicit littering and illegal
activity on ignored public lands and improved native plant area and reduced
You have volunteered
to install/maintain/and/or improve disc golf courses and would help at Stewart
contact with BLM lands would increase public support for efforts to manage these
SIgn you name with
Just that easy - Sit
down and do it now! - don't put it off - DEADLINE January 15th.
Like REALLY - do you
want another DG course within 40 miles, or what?
But REALLY - do you
want it enough to actually type for 10 minutes?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:34
Subject: [wdgc] New Course Proposal in
West Eugene - Public Comment Period
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approached the Eugene Disc Golf Club in
January 2012 about the possibility of installing a disc golf course at the
BLM's Stewart Pond property in west Eugene. EDGC members submitted a proposal
which has been accepted into the draft plan that the BLM is going to use to
decide what to do. The BLM is accepting public comments on what to include in
the final plan until January 14th, 2013. They want to hear from
The area the BLM chose to consider for disc golf is not wetlands
or environmentally sensitive and is appropriate for recreation. It would not
take a huge amount of work to make a disc golf course there. It has elevation,
big trees, open areas and moderate to heavily wooded areas. Disc golf would
greatly increase recreation and other appropriate public use of the area
without impacting environmentally sensitive areas. Stewart Pond is a BLM
property located between Bailey Hill Rd. and Bertelsen Rd. north of W. 11th
The BLM is interested in disc golf at Stewart Pond as a way to
increase recreation at the site, in part because there is so much
inappropriate and illegal activity there. By bringing more eyes to the site it
will be less likely to be abused. As it is right now, the BLM considers the
site to be "lost" to recreational uses. As a federal taxpayer this is your
property too, and even though you may not live in Eugene, you do have a say in
supporting appropriate and needed recreational development there.
EDGC proposal is to become the "Friends" group for the entire property, not
just the disc golf footprint. We would not only do any and all necessary work
to install and maintain the disc golf course, but also contribute hundreds of
annual volunteer hours helping the BLM meet its natural resource protection
and recreational goals. This would be our home course and main project as a
club. It would be a very fun and challenging course, somewhat like Adair in
length, features, and difficulty.
Please take ten minutes to write an
email to the BLM supporting the proposal. When you submit your comments it
will be helpful to include four main things:
1. You are submitting
comments on the West Eugene Resource Management Plan and you want them to
include Alternative 3c in the final plan.
2. The reasons WHY you want
them to include disc golf at Stewart Pond (Alternative 3c). IE, you want to
play it; disc golf is a great activity; you've seen it improve land use for
the public good. Use plain language and common sense and tell them all the
reasons why it would be a good idea and why you personally want to see it
happen. WDGC experiences building and caretaking Willamette and Adair are very
relevant, as are the number of hours you and/or your club have volunteered to
do so. Examples that this arrangement works are great.
3. How many
times per year you'd play a great course in Eugene. How often you travel to
play disc golf and what you typically spend in a community where you've gone
to play. They really want to hear that! And not as relevant for out of
towners: how many hours per year you would volunteer to maintain the course by
attending volunteer work parties, pulling weeds, picking up trash, etc. Be
honest and just use common sense.
4. Your full name and
If you want to read the plan (of which this proposal is a
tiny, tiny part)here is the link for the BLM Draft RMP:
a very big PDF. The disc golf course is in "Alternative 3c" which is on page
Please get in touch with me for any questions or concerns, there is
a lot more context and history I can provide if you are interested. PLEASE
drop me a line or post here if you submit comments. I don't need to know what
you wrote, but it is important that I know how many supportive comments were
submitted. Thanks for reading this far and for your support!
big thanks to Everett and Jay for their support of this proposal and the
excellent comments they submitted! I've used the WDGC as a model example of a
club building and acting as stewards of a course in the proposal to the BLM.
Let's get another fun place to play in the Valley!