Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Management Plan Revision
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment comment period closed November 10, 2017. The AHRA Partnership is reviewing comments and will release a final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment in 2018.
Thank you to everyone who attended an open house and offered written input on the draft plan. The plan provides a framework for managing numerous recreation activities along the 152-mile river corridor. The release of the draft plan followed a comprehensive review of environmental, recreational and cultural resources along with extensive public involvement and review of public input.
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is collaboratively managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. In developing the draft Management Plan, the AHRA Partnership carefully considered key issues identified through a scoping process in 2016. These included boating capacities, management of fisheries and wildlife habitat, public river access, and facilities. The planning process was conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
This AHRA Partnership actively sought the involvement of the public, local communities, and other government agencies to support this planning effort. Thank you to everyone who provided comments for informing the development of the draft plan.
The Management Plan is being revised for the second time since it was adopted in 1989. The AHRA management plan review started in early 2016 with a public scoping process. At that time, AHRA hosted four public meetings and held a 30-day public comment period that ended on February 12, 2016. The AHRA partnership closely considered these comments in developing a range of management alternatives. A 21-day comment period followed the release of the preliminary alternatives on June 1, 2016. A final 30-day public comment period and three additional public meetings followed the release of the draft management plan which closed on November 10, 2017.
Learn more about the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. See the current Arkansas River Recreation Management Plan.