Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment for
Crater Lake Master Plan
I. Statement of the Problem
Among the issues to be addressed in the assessment are the following:
H. Land Use Plan (Land Classification)
Classification of lands for various uses insures protection of the basic resources, allocates lands for public facility development, guides private uses, and provides “threshold” or “buffer” lands between those areas to be developed intensively and those to remain primitive.
To provide a general structure for planning and development, Crater Lake National Park will be classified via a system adopted from the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (U.S. Department of the Interior):
Class I High density recreation area
Class II General outdoor recreation areas
Class III Natural environment
Class IV Outstanding natural areas
Class V Primitive areas
Class VI Historic and cultural areas
Proper utilization of a land classification system should insure that development in the park is commensurate with use capabilities of the basic natural resources and in accordance with the legislative intent of Congress in establishing the park.