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