Background on the Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

These guidelines will address access to newly built or altered trails, beach access routes, and picnic and camping areas on sites managed by the federal government. They will apply to sites developed or altered by federal land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Army Corps of Engineers, among others.  (The Board plans to issue guidelines for non-federal sites separately at a later date).

In June 2007, the Board released for public comment proposed guidelines that were developed by a regulatory negotiation committee chartered by the Board. The Outdoor Developed Areas Regulatory Negotiation Committee’s 27 members included representatives from parks and outdoor recreation associations, disability groups, state and federal land management agencies, and others.

The Board revised the guidelines based on the comments received and released a final version in draft form in October 2009 that provided another opportunity for comment.

 

Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas on Federal Sites

 

Proposed and Draft Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas on Federal Sites

 

 Outdoor Developed Areas Regulatory Negotiation Committee

 

Timeline:

  • June 4, 1997 - Board creates the Outdoor Developed Areas Regulatory Negotiation Committee
  • September 15, 1999 - the Regulatory Negotiation Committee presents its report to the Board
  • June 20, 2007 - Board publishes proposed guidelines for federal outdoor developed areas
  • October 18, 2007 - Deadline for comments on the proposed guidelines
  • October 19, 2009 - Board releases draft final guidelines for public comment
  • December 18, 2009 – Deadline for comments on the draft final guidelines
  • September 26, 2013 - Board publishes final guidelines for federal outdoor developed areas
  • November 25, 2013 - Requirements for federal outdoor developed areas become mandatory as part of the ABA Accessibility Standards