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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Biological Assessment/Biological Opinion for FY 04-08

Activities that may affect listed species in the Rogue River/South Coast Province for Medford BLM and Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests

The July 11, 2003 Biological Assessment for FY 04-08 Activities that may affect listed species in the Rogue River/South Coast Province for Medford BLM and Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests (FY 04-08 BA) documents the analysis by the US Forest Service and BLM of activities planned to occur on the Medford BLM and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests from FY 2004-2008 that may affect our plant and animal species listed as threatened or endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as amended. The FY 04-08 BA describes conservation measures and project design criteria designed to reduce impacts. It also documents the “effects determinations” made by the US Forest Service and the BLM of federal activities on listed species. The BA meets BLM responsibilities of interagency cooperation (50 CFR 402) under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

The northern spotted owl and northern spotted owl critical habitat portion of the BA and response documents from the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been updated for remaining FY 06-08 projects in a separate consultation, also posted to this website. See Reinitiated BA on FY 06-08 projects likely to impact northern spotted owls or their critical habitat (FY 06-08 BA, dated August 2, 2006. Timber sales sold and projects implemented prior to August 2, 2006 continue to comply with the FY 04-08 BA. All project impacts for four listed plants, bald eagles, marbled murrelets and fairy shrimp remain under the FY 04-08 BA.

The October 20, 2003, Biological Opinion (BO) for FY 04-08 Activities that may affect listed species in the Rogue River/South Coast Province for Medford BLM and Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests, corrected as of December 12, 2003, (FY 04-08 BO) is the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s analysis of FY 04-08 BA. The FY 04-08 BO meets the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s responsibility of interagency cooperation (50 CFR 402). The US Fish and Wildlife Service prepares the BO to analyze “may affect, likely to adversely affect” (LAA) actions, documents incidental take coverage for those activities, and documents effects to ensure that permitted LAA effects do not rise to the level of jeopardizing any listed species nor adversely modify critical habitat. The FY 04-08 BO includes the US Fish and Wildlife Service concurrence on the “may affect, not likely to adversely affect" (NLAA) determinations made by the BLM and US Forest Service.

Consultation documents do not require public involvement. We provide them to the public to aid understanding of how the agencies meet their Endangered Species Act responsibilities, and to aid understanding of the biology and habitat requirements of listed species that occur on the Medford BLM and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests. These documents do not include aquatic resources (fish). Listed fish are covered under separate Endangered Species Act documents.

  • Biological Assessment(PDF)
  • Corrected Biological opinion12/01/03(PDF)- This official document was corrected to include changes noted in the errata sheet dated 01 December 2003 and is the official Biological Assessment and Biological Opinion for actions by Medford BLM and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests planned to occur, in the Action Area, during 2004-2008, that may affect plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act. Although regular revisions are not anticipated, minor corrections may be noted in errata sheets over the life of this BA/BO. All corrections will be reflected in this official web version and will be dated with the corrected input. You are encouraged to ensure you have the official version (or to use the posted errata sheets) to correct any earlier versions you may have accessed.
  • Errata sheet 11/17/03(PDF)- These errata differ from the 12/01/03 version in that they show the proper page numbers where corrections occur in the online version of the Biological Opinion.
  • Errata sheet 12/01/03(PDF)

See also Reinitiated BA on FY 06-08 projects likely to impact northern spotted owls or northern spotted owl critical habitat, also posted to this website.