The Eugene District of the Bureau of Land Management extends from the Pacific Coast into the western slopes of the Cascade Range, encompassing 316,000 acres. The Eugene District manages several ecosystems ranging from coastal inlands to dense Douglas-fir, hemlock, and cedar forests. The wide variation in the lands managed by the District offers the perfect compromise between the urban parks in the cities and the high elevation recreation opportunities in the adjacent Willamette, Siuslaw, and Umpqua National Forests. More than 200,000 visitors a year come to the Eugene District to sightsee, hike, fish, swim, hunt, picnic, and pursue other recreational activities.
West Eugene Wetlands
The West Eugene Wetlands Project is a cooperative venture managed by the BLM's Eugene District to protect and restore wetland ecosystems in the Southern Willamette Valley. This unique project involves federal, state, and local agencies and organizations in a partnership to manage lands and resources in an urban area for multiple public benefits.
The project, located on the west side of Eugene, encompasses portions of the Long Tom River drainage including the Amazon Creek, Coyote Creek, and Willow Creek basins. The BLM's West Eugene Wetlands Project Office is centrally located near the Amazon and Willow Creek confluence in West Eugene.
The BLM works with schools to provide students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the BLM, natural resources, and land management in conjunction with having the students create artwork which is displayed in the BLM office. BLM staff makes presentations to classrooms and/or provides field trips for the students. Following the presentation, BLM provides art supplies (water color paints and paper) for the students to create paintings based upon their impression of the presentation. The completed artwork is displayed in the BLM office for the public and employees to enjoy. At the request of the teacher, the students are invited to visit the BLM office to view the artwork and tour the facility. The program is open to classes in elementary, middle school and high school. There is no direct cost to the participating schools. The BLM provides all necessary art supplies. There are no unique requirements to participate in the program. The BLM has involved public and private schools. This program is only conducted twice a year and several months lead time is required as it is a popular activity.
Northern Spotted Owl
The Northern Spotted Owl was first listed on June 26, 1990. It is currently designated as Threatened in its entire range (CA, OR, WA, Canada B.C.). Currently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing a recovery plan for the northern spotted owl. A draft recovery plan is being prepared and will be released to the public for review. Also, the Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to revise its 1992 critical habitat designation for this species. That proposed rule will be issued approximately 30 days after the draft recovery plan. The BLM's western Oregon plan revision team is working closely with these two efforts to fully consider these decisions in the planning process.