Lands, Resources & Recreation

Rogue River

The Natural Resources Group provides a wide range of expertise in natural resource management related to activities on lands and facilities under Reclamation’s jurisdiction. The Group includes specialists in Natural Resources/Land Use, Lands Management/Realty, Outdoor Recreation, Archeology/Paleontology and Geographical Information Systems.

Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, NEPA and Environmental Compliance - This team utilizes new and novel technologies for fish investigation and protection associated with Reclamation's water facilities and operations. They are also responsible for identifying mechanisms aimed at reducing impacts and for long term monitoring and reporting. As the environmental compliance group, they draft Categorical Exclusions (CE), Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for large scale construction and rehabilitation projects. Their expertise enables them to provide research program planning, management and execution, as well as technical assistance.

Lands and Realty Services - The Lands Team provides expertise in land use and resource management. Reclamation closely monitors lands under its jurisdiction, with the public required to apply for use of Reclamation land, facilities and waterbodies. Consideration of applications is discretionary and Reclamation reserves the right to refuse authorization of any use which may be incompatible or interfere with Reclamation project operations. Upon review and approval the Lands Team will issue authorizations for a variety of land and facility uses through licenses, leases, permits, easements and consents-to-use, for such things as cabin and boat dock permits, roadway construction, as well as bridge and utility crossings. The Lands Team also responds to questions and complaints related to trespass, encroachment and specific land management issues.

Outdoor Recreation – Unlike other land management agencies, Reclamation oversees the management of its recreation facilities through management agreements with other federal or non-federal public entities whenever possible. The Outdoor Recreation Planner coordinates cost-sharing efforts with its managing partners for site improvements and maintenance required for safety and legal compliance. The Planner also evaluates planning and design solutions, secures required clearances, monitors progress and ensures the completion of on-site reviews for compliance requirements. These duties include those recreation areas directly managed by Reclamation.


Water and Lands Specialist
(541) 389-6541

Bend Field Office
1375 SE Wilson Ave, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97702-1435

Resource Management Supervisor
(509) 754-0231

Ephrata Field Office
32 C Street NW
Ephrata, WA 98823

Chet Sater
Natural Resource Specialist
(541) 564-8616 ext. 234

Umatilla Field Office
32871 Diagonal Road
Hermiston, OR 97838-6307

Carron Helberg
Water & Lands Specialist
(509) 573-8122

Yakima Field Office
1910 Marsh Road
Yakima WA 98901-2058

Last Updated: 11/16/23