Landscape Mosaic

  

Uncompahgre Field Office

LAND HEALTH
  

 

Controlling for Noxious Weeds

 Buck on Storm King 
 

A Healthy Landscape Is a Productive One…

BLM Colorado Public Land Health Standards require that the UFO manage for land health, as measured by a landscape’s productivity, diversity, number of native and desirable plant and animal species, absence of weeds, functional use of sunlight and water, and ability to cycle nutrients.  The UFO manages for the health of the land, while supporting a variety of human uses and natural values.

The BLM pursues land health through:

·        Implementing protective and mitigation measures identified through the NEPA process in response to potentially harmful activities and developments.

·        Targeting carefully designed fuel reduction and wildlife habitat improvement projects.

·        Restoring communities through activities such as weed management, native species seeding in burned or disturbed areas, and re-treating former chaining areas.

·        Leaving communities alone to function as naturally as possible.

In turn, a healthy landscape can provide:

·        Forage for grazing animals.

·        Products for harvest, such as firewood, pinõn nuts, and Christmas trees.

·        Values that benefit people, such as clean water, wildlife habitat, ecosystem resilience, and beautiful vistas.

LAND HEALTH STANDARDS

UFO FOREST RESOURCES

UFO HOMEPAGE

UFO RANGELAND HEALTH

BLM WEED MANAGEMENT


STANDARDS FOR LAND HEALTH        

The UFO is mandated to manage public lands in accordance with five BLM Colorado Standards for Public Land Health:

·         Standard 1 - Upland soils are healthy with respect to water absorption, erosion, organic matter, and groundcover.

·         Standard 2 - Riparian systems and wetlands function properly and can recover from disturbance.

·         Standard 3 - Plant and animal communities are healthy, made up of native and desirable species, sustain viable populations in suitable habitat, and are resilient to disturbances.

·         Standard 4 - Threatened, endangered, and sensitive species are maintained and enhanced by healthy native plant and animal communities.

·         Standard 5 - Water quality on BLM lands meets or exceeds Colorado Water Quality Standards.

ASSESSING LAND HEALTH                      

UFO public lands are divided into ten landscape units.  Every year, one unit is evaluated for land health.  The evaluation is documented with a detailed analysis of lands meeting standards, lands meeting standards with problems, and lands not meeting standards.  Where problems are identified, recommendations are made to fix them and address the cause.


Link to

 Dolores River Restoration Partnership

Gunnison Gorge 2011 Land Health Assessment


 

UFO LAND HEALTH ASSESSMENTS                                                         

 
Click on any of the landscape units in the table below for a PDF of the land health assessment.
 

Landscape Unit

Year

Land Health Rating

% of Landscape Unit by Standard

(excluding undetermined lands)

Standard 1

Standard 2

Standard 3

Standard 4

Standard 5

Escalante

·  Assessment 5.0MB

1999

Meets

57%

58%

43%

100%

68%

Meets w/Problems

23%

35%

28%

0%

30%

Doesn’t Meet

15%

0%

24%

0%

0%

East Paradox

·  Assessment 1.1MB

2000

Meets

90%

36%

79%

100%

24%

Meets w/Problems

8%

55%

10%

0%

76%

Doesn’t Meet

2%

8%

11%

0%

0%

Gunnison Gorge

·  Assessment 6.0MB

2001

Meets

70%

37%

43%

76%

89%

Meets w/Problems

21%

62%

44%

24%

6%

Doesn’t Meet

0%

0%

5%

0%

5%

North Delta

·  Assessment 4.0MB

2002

Meets

53%

52%

13%

100%

72%

Meets w/Problems

40%

23%

70%

0%

28%

Doesn’t Meet

2%

23%

13%

0%

0%

Mesa Creek

·  Assessment   4.7MB

·  Causal Determination

2004

Meets

53%

58%

53%

100%

65%

Meets w/Problems

44%

33%

36%

0%

35%

Doesn’t Meet

1%

9%

9%

0%

0%

Roubideau

·  Assessment  7.0MB

·  Causal Determination

2005

Meets

44%

80%

17%

100%

74%

Meets w/Problems

43%

19%

64%

0%

20%

Doesn’t Meet

9%

0%

16%

0%

7%

Norwood

·  Assessment 7.7MB

·  Causal Determination

2006

Meets

80%

89%

65%

100%

71%

Meets w/Problems

15%

9%

24%

0%

17%

Doesn’t Meet

0%

2%

8%

0%

12%

North Fork

·  Assessment  7.7MB

·  Causal Determination

2007

Meets

48%

79%

29%

84%

74%

Meets w/Problems

43%

12%

41%

6%

23%

Doesn’t Meet

2%

5%

24%

10%

3%

Colona

·  Assessment 10.0MB

·  Causal Determination

2008

Meets

71%

58%

31%

32%

50%

Meets w/Problems

16%

22%

52%

53%

37%

Doesn’t Meet

4%

14%

8%

4%

13%

West Paradox

·  Assessment 6.7MB

·  Causal Determination

2009

Meets

47%

64%

70%

87%

49%

Meets w/Problems

50%

36%

24%

10%

30%

Doesn’t Meet

0%

0%

3%

0%

21%

East Paradox

·  Assessment 4.2MB

2010

Meets

89%

41%

63%

63%

76%

Meets w/Problems

9%

51%

31%

31%

16%

Doesn’t Meet

0%

0%

4%

4%

0%

Escalante

·  Part I, Part II

·  Appendices  13.4MB

2010

Meets

81%

31%

64%

65%

45%

Meets w/Problems

5%

44%

17%

17%

39%

Doesn’t Meet

3%

8%

8%

9%

0%

Gunnison Gorge

·  Assessment 4.2MB

2011

Meets

82%

38%

53%

50%

64%

Meets w/Problems

11%

34%

29%

33%

0%

Doesn’t Meet

0.4%

0%

11%

12%

3%


 
 

Barbara Sharrow, Field Manager

bsharrow@blm.gov

Phone: (970) 240-5300  |  TDD: (970) 240-5366  |  FAX: (970) 240-5367

2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO  81401

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click on the address above for a map showing the location of

BLM Uncompahgre Field Office administrative headquarters

 

UFO Paradox Landscape