The 2.5 million acres of lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in western Oregon lands play an important role in the region’s social, ecological, and economic well-being. As stewards of these lands, the BLM has a responsibility to ensure that our management is effectively meeting our legal mandates and the needs of the communities in western Oregon.
This video helps explain why we are proposing a plan revision, presents a full spectrum of different management alternatives, and analyzes the environmental effects of the alternatives. Based on this analysis and comments that the BLM receives on the Draft RMP/EIS, the agency will prepare a Proposed RMP/Final EIS with the assistance of cooperating agencies.
There are five alternatives (and two sub-alternatives) that contain varying strategies for forest reserves, timber harvest, riparian management, and recreation. The alternatives span the full spectrum of management approaches to meet the purpose and need.
Protecting endangered species by providing large blocks of older forest habitat, providing clean water, and enhancing fire resiliency across the landscape are necessary for the BLM to be able to deliver a predictable and sustainable supply of timber.
The BLM is committed to these environmental protections, as well as providing predictability and sustainability to communities in western Oregon.
Following publication of this Draft RMP/EIS, members of the public will have 90 days to provide written comments. The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to submit comments and participate in upcoming open houses and workshops. The comment period will run from April 24 to July 23, 2015.
For more information about the planning effort head on over to:http://blm.gov/28ld