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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Klamath Falls Resource Area Collaborative Planning

The Klamath Falls Resource Area is taking steps to improve its planning process, collaborate more with the public, agencies and organizations, and help facilitate their involvement.

I realize that changing the planning process to be more collaborative, including developing the content of this web site will proceed gradually over time. If you have suggestions for this project or other upcoming projects, I welcome your feedback. You can find a Comment Form under the "Contact" tab, or send your comments via email BLM_OR_KF_Mail@blm.gov, phone 541-883-6916, by postal mail to:

Donald J. Holmstrom, Manager
Klamath Falls Resource Area
2795 Anderson Avenue, Building 25
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Collaboration

A cooperative process in which interested parties, often with widely varied interests, work together to seek solutions with broad support for managing public and other lands. In the broadest sense, collaborative planning involves a group, team or partnership of people working and learning together to find ways to address shared problems and opportunities.

Collaborative planning typically involves:

  • A team effort,
  • A public involvement program to both inform the public and provide opportunities for the broader public to influence decisions made during the planning stages.
  • And in some cases, joint decision making that may result in a decision that reflects interests broader than those of the lead agency alone, and

Working together is a very important process. BLM employees engage with local residents and their community, recognizing that these are public lands, managed under national standard laws in the interests of everybody.

This shift, away from the agency as "expert" and toward shared learning, trust, and responsibility represents a fundamental change in the way public lands are managed.

The benefits of collaboration include increased trust; improved working relationships with a variety of individuals, groups and communities; the leveraging of scarce resources; improved management practices; and a sense of shared ownership and responsibility for the health of the land. The collaborative, community-based efforts of the BLM and its partners are well underway, and have already led to improved land management practices that involve people's passions for their community and landscape, while at the same time adhering to national standards and laws.