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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

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Project: Final Soda Mountain Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Ashland
NEPA #: OR-M040-2011-001  Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Publish Date: 4/13/2012
Summary: The Soda Mountain Wilderness was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11, March 30, 2009). Public Law 111-11 designated 24,100 acres of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) as wilderness. The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Soda Mountain Wilderness Stewardship Plan (DOIBLM-OR-M040-2011-001-EA) documented the environmental analysis conducted to estimate the site-specific effects that may result from the implementation of the SMW Stewardship Plan. In response to public comments received during the EA review period, minor revisions were made to the Proposed Action. This documents the District Manager's decision regarding the Soda Mountain Wilderness Stewardship Plan. This decision may be appealed to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals (Board) by those who have a "legally cognizable interest" to which there is a substantial likelihood that the action authorized in this decision would cause injury, and who have established themselves as a "party to the case" (43 CFR 4.410). If an appeal is taken, a written notice of appeal must be filed with the BLM officer who made the decision in this office by close of business (4:30 p.m.) not more than 30 days after the date of service. Only signed hard copies of a notice of appeal that are delivered to Bureau of Land Management Medford Interagency Office 3040 Biddle Rd Medford, OR 97504 will be accepted. Faxed or e-mailed appeals will not be considered.
Contact: Kathy Minor
Contact Phone: 541-618-2245
Program Areas: Other
NEPA #: OR-M040-2011-001  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 4/13/2012
Summary: The Soda Mountain Wilderness was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11, March 30, 2009). Public Law 111-11 designated 24,100 acres of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) as wilderness. This document describes the decision, and reasons for the decision, regarding the selection of a course of action to be implemented for the SMW. The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Soda Mountain Wilderness Stewardship Plan (DOI-BLM-OR-M040-2011-001-EA) documented the environmental analysis conducted to estimate the site-specific effects that may result from the implementation of the SMW Stewardship Plan. The EA evaluated four alternatives. The decision is to implement Alternative 2 with minor modifications. This decision may be appealed to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals (Board) by those who have a "legally cognizable interest" to which there is a substantial likelihood that the action authorized in this decision would cause injury, and who have established themselves as a "party to the case" (43 CFR 4.410). If an appeal is taken, a written notice of appeal must be filed with the BLM officer who made the decision in this office by close of business (4:30 p.m.) not more than 30 days after the date of service. Only signed hard copies of a notice of appeal that are delivered to Bureau of Land Management Medford Interagency Office 3040 Biddle Rd Medford, OR 97504 will be accepted. Faxed or e-mailed appeals will not be considered.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 4/13/2012
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 5/14/2012
Contact: Kathy Minor
Contact Phone: 541-618-2245
Program Areas: Other
NEPA #: OR-M040-2011-001  Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 4/12/2012
Summary: The Soda Mountain Wilderness was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11, March 30, 2009). Public Law 111-11 designated 24,100 acres of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) as wilderness. The SMW is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Medford District Office. The Soda Mountain Wilderness is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Ashland, Oregon. The wilderness lies on the south side of the Medford District. The entirety of the SMW is in Jackson County. This plan provides the primary guidance for the Soda Mountain Wilderness (SMW). The Soda Mountain Wilderness Stewardship Plan and Environmental Assessment was released to the public for review on September 22, 2011. The EA presented the Proposed Action and three alternatives. A public meeting was held at the Green Springs Inn on October 13, 2011 to present the Proposed Action and alternatives in the EA. A 30-day comment period followed publication on the Medford BLM website. In response to a request, the initial comment period was extended for an additional 15 days, closing on November 8, 2011. This Final Soda Mountain Wilderness Stewardship Plan is a revision of Alternative 2, the Proposed Action in the Soda Mountain Stewardship Plan and Environmental Assessment. This final plan includes minor modifications and clarifications to the Proposed Action based on public comment.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : 4/13/2012
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : 5/14/2012
Contact: Kathy Minor
Contact Phone: 541-618-2245
Program Areas: Other
NEPA #: OR-M040-2011-001  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 9/22/2011
Summary: In March 2009, Congress designated the 24,100-acre Soda Mountain Wilderness within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Soda Mountain Wilderness is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Ashland, Oregon. This plan provides the primary guidance for the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The goal of this plan is to provide for the long-term protection and preservation of the area's wilderness character under a principle of non-degradation. Key issues address in this plan are restoration, visitor use, wildfire management, and valid existing rights. The plan also addresses actions outside the wilderness area, including wilderness access, trailheads, and interpretive and educational information provided to the public. This wilderness stewardship plan is an implementation-level plan that provides a set of decisions outlining management of the SMW over the next 10 years. The environmental assessment presents four management alternatives, ranging from no actions to various combinations of restoration and opportunities unconfined recreation.
Public Review Start Date : 9/22/2011
Public Review End Date : 11/08/2011
Contact: Kathy Minor
Contact Phone: 541-618-2245
Program Areas: Other