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An Assessment of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Non-Federal Recreation Management Partners is a report completed in 2005 to assess the current welfare of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) non-Federal partners, identify factors that would enable the partnerships to be strengthened, identify factors that signal potential at-risk or turn-back situations, and provide a set of recommendations.

Concession Guidelines that were prepared in 2005 to provide comprehensive guidance for planning, developing, managing, operating, and maintaining concessions at Reclamation water projects are currently under revision.

Creating More Meaningful Visitor Experiences:  Planning for Interpretation and Education is designed to help staff complete an appropriate yet expedient planning process for developing interpretation and education products and services. 

Estimating Future Recreation Demand:  A Decision Guide for the Practitioner was completed in 2007 to assist Reclamation and its partners in assessing recreation demand in their routine administration and planning processes and to help decisionmakers make better and more defensible decisions.

Outdoor Recreation Business Plan Guidebook was prepared in 2008 to provide a how-to-guide to facilitate the development of a simple but effective business plan with limited resources.  A business plan is a tool to address the economic consequences of various management decisions. For working files of this document click on Microsoft Word (01_Business Plan and 02_Sample Business Plan)or Microsoft Excel files (A More Perfect Way8, A More Perfect Way Portfolio Approach1, and A More Perfect Way Portfolio Dynamic Start).

Public Law 89-72 Handbook was enacted to assist both Reclamation and its partners in carrying out the provisions of the law and the management of recreation, and fish and wildlife resources on Reclamation land and water.

Recreation at Bureau of Reclamation Projects Report to the Commissioner was a report prepared in 2004 by Reclamation that briefly describes the history of recreation at Reclamation projects. It also highlights recreation authorities and limitations in providing public outdoor recreation at its projects.

Recreation Facility Design Guidelines were updated in April 2013 and is intended to assist planners and design professions in the planning and budget process, reducing design costs, and preparing consistent and compliant designs.

Resource Management Plan Guidebook was prepared in 2003 to outline discretionary guidance on how to prepare Resource Management Plans for Reclamation project areas. In addition, the Site Specific Supplemental Resource Management Planning Handbook was prepared in 2012 as supplemental discretionary guidance to the 2003 Resource Management Plan (RMP) Guidebook with emphasis on preparing and updating Site-Specific Resource Plans; and, amendment and revision of RMPs in a cost effective and timely manner.

Sign Guidelines revised in 2006 sets forth guidance for planning, developing, and managing signs for outdoor public use areas at Reclamation projects.

Visitor Center Guidelines ensures that visitor centers are planned, developed, upgraded, managed, and operated pursuant to considerations of sustainable development while operating in the most cost effective manner.

Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (WALROS) Users’ Handbook (2nd Edition) was updated in 2011. The second edition outlines a methodology for inventorying, planning, and managing recreation opportunities on, and adjacent to, Reclamation’s water projects. WALROS provides a framework and procedure for making better decisions in order to conserve high quality and diverse water and land recreation opportunities across a spectrum of six WALROS classes (i.e., urban, suburban, rural developed, rural natural, semi-primitive, and primitive).

Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum PowerPoint was developed to provide an overview of the WALROS Users’ Handbook 2nd Edition and to provide a convenient tool that water and land resource managers can use for training purposes and for presentations.

WALROS Inventory Protocol Tool is a booklet for completion by the field inventory team participants to delineate the WALROS class at each inventory site based on the physical, social, and managerial inventory attributes.

Last updated: 5/20/13