The Resource Management Planning revision (RMP) effort in western Oregon will provide objectives and direction for the management of approximately 2.5 million acres of BLM-administered lands, including producing a sustained yield of timber, furthering the recovery of threatened and endangered species, providing clean water, restoring fire adapted ecosystems, to coordinate management of lands surrounding the Coquille Forest with the Coquille Tribe, and providing for recreation opportunities. The Oregon and California Railroad Act (O&C Lands Act) applies to about 80 percent of the BLM land in the planning area. The O&C Lands Act requires that the BLM manage these lands for “for permanent forest production,” and are also subject to other laws such as the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The RMP’s Purpose and Need Statement directs the BLM to comply with the aforementioned laws, based on the BLM’s two decades of experience implementing the Northwest Forest Plan, new scientific information, and advice of other federal agencies.
The BLM is currently analyzing draft alternatives, and will release the Draft EIS in April 2015. The plan’s publication will be followed by a 90-day public comment period. The Proposed Plan/Final EIS will be published in the winter of 2016, and the Record of Decision will be signed in the spring of 2016.
To find out more about the ongoing planning effort in western Oregon head on over to: www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/