By Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell
673d ABW Public Affairs
The iSportsman program is working to make changes which will provide members with the tools to continue to enjoy the undeveloped areas on base in a safe and user-friendly manner.
Changes to the iSportsman program will include a two-step sign in implementation process, app development, JBER Visitor Center kiosk replacement, updated user classifications and more.
“A major change to the program involves a two-part process, which has already begun,” said Daniel Jenkins, 673d Civil Engineer Squadron Natural Resources Program research associate. “The first step allows nonconsumptive iSportsman users (e.g. bicyclers, hikers, runners) to recreate on several roadways without having to sign in. This step was implemented in an effort to be more user-friendly and convenient.”
Roadways include Fairchild Avenue, Vandenberg Avenue, Airlifter Drive, 46th Street and part of Otter Lake Road – from the Richardson main cantonment to the intersection with 46th and Vandenberg Avenue.
The second part of the process is scheduled to begin on June 27. Modifications will be made to the website to increase ease of access while allowing for future opportunities.
Along with updating recreational rules and website, iSportsman is in the process of making additional changes to the system.
“We’re working to develop an app which will be able to pinpoint a person’s exact location while also showing which areas around them are opened or closed,” Jenkins said.
JBER Visitor Center kiosks will also be replaced with tablets in an effort to provide a more user-friendly and familiar tool. The tablet will be hooked to a printer, allowing users to print passes on the spot.
When personnel sign into iSportsman, they will now be prompted to select a user classification. Classifications will be more specific to allow iSportsman to identify areas commonly used, common usage of iSportsman and the types of participants involved.
When signing out of iSportsman, participants who fish will be required to fill out a survey regarding their experience. The survey will include questions on the species found, number of fish kept and let go, and the location.
“The survey will be valuable for conservation and habitat enhancement, while also ensuring our efforts are focused on visited locations,” Jenkins said. “The survey will take five minutes or less to complete, and will really help to continue protect and enhance undeveloped areas on base.”
It is very important permit holders sign in and out of the iSportsman system before entering the areas for recreation because most are used for both recreation and training purposes.
All major routes heading toward recreation areas have notification signs posted. There are signs at Fairchild and Tally Road as well as at the beginning of Route Bravo and Pole Line Road indicating a permit is required for designated areas outside of MWR facilities, such as Otter Lake.
Recreation permits are not base access passes; a pass from security forces must still be acquired if an individual does not already have base access.
For more information on registering for iSportsman or obtaining a permit, call 552-8609, or visit the JBER iSportsman website at https://jber.isportsman.net/.