MARION COUNTY — On Sept. 7, multiple fires along Highway 22 swept through the Fishermen’s Bend Recreation Site, destroying much of the popular Bureau of Land Management -managed campground.
Upon visiting the site, BLM officials found that an American flag that had not been lowered upon evacuation was found proudly flying over the charred ground.
The much-loved Fishermen’s Bend Recreation Site just 30 minutes east of Salem featured dozens of campsites, well-groomed hiking trails and tremendous river access, including a boat ramp, in the Cascade foothills.
Apart from the flag, “very little else remains at the recreation site,” according to Northwest District Manager Jose Linares.
About the BLM
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.