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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Biological Assessment (BA), Biological Opinion (BO), and Letter of Concurrence (LOC) for FY 06-08

Activities that may affect listed species on federal lands administered by the Medford District BLM

The Reinitiated Biological Assessment for FY 06-08 Activities that may affect listed species on federal lands administered by the Medford District BLM (FY06-08 BA), dated August 2, 2006, analyzes activities planned to occur on the Medford BLM from FY 2006-2008 in terms of their impacts to northern spotted owls, listed as threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and impacts to northern spotted owl critical habitat. The FY 06-08 BA was completed to update consultation in response to recent court rulings involving the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s regulatory definition of destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat, and to analyze some new or modified activities BLM plans to implement in FY 2006-2008.

All other plants and animals (but not fish) listed as threatened or endangered remain under the combined Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Medford BLM FY 04-08 BA/BO. Listed fish are covered under separate ESA documents.

The BA describes conservation measures and project design criteria designed to reduce impact. In the FY 06-08 BA, the BLM makes “effects determinations” of management activities that are likely to impact northern spotted owls or northern spotted owl critical habitat. There are 3 common effects determinations: No effect (NE); May affect, not likely to adversely affect (NLAA); and May affect, likely to adversely affect (LAA). The BA describes and analyzes projects that are either NLAA or LAA. “No effect” projects do not require consultation. The BA meets the BLM’s responsibilities of interagency cooperation (50 CFR 402) under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as amended.

Biological Assessment (PDF)

The Biological Opinion for FY 06-08 Activities that may affect listed species on federal lands administered by the Medford District BLM (FY 06-08 BO), dated August 21, 2006, meets the US Fish and Wildlife Service responsibility of interagency cooperation (50 CFR 402). The BO documents the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s analysis of impacts addressed by the BLM. The BO also documents evaluation of LAA determinations, provides incidental take coverage to the agencies for those activities, and documents effects analysis to ensure that the LAA effects do not rise to the level of jeopardizing northern spotted owls nor cause adverse modification of northern spotted owl critical habitat.

Correspondence letter (PDF)

Biological Opinion (PDF)

Appendices (PDF)

A separate August 22, 2006 Letter of Concurrence for FY 06-08 Activities that may affect listed species on federal lands administered by the Medford District BLM (FY06-08 LOC) issued by US Fish and Wildlife Service documents that the US Fish and Wildlife Service concurs on NLAA determinations made by the BLM.

Letter of Concurrence, FY 2006-2008 (PDF)

Consultation documents do not require public involvement. They are provided to aid public 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 District.