Table Rocks Management Plan
Welcome to the Table Rocks Management Plan. We hope that this site will provide you with up-to-date information on the Table Rocks Management Area and its new management plan.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have developed a Table Rocks Management Plan. The cooperative Management Plan provides overall general guidance for the Table Rocks, considers a variety of habitat enhancement activities to protect sensitive resources, and allows for diverse recreational and environmental education uses. Assistance from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Cow Creek Tribe of Umpqua Tribe of Indians was also used in the development and implementation of the plan. Subsequent environmental analysis will be conducted on a project-by-project basis for proposed activities on BLM-administered lands.
The Table Rocks Management Area is located north of Medford in Townships 35 and 36 South, Range 2 West. In 1984 BLM designated 1,240 acres on Upper and Lower Table Rocks as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. TNC acquired its first tract of land on Lower Table Rock in 1978, followed by additional land and conservation easement acquisitions on both Upper and Lower Table Rocks. TNC's 2009 acquisition of 1,710 acres adjacent to BLM lands provided an opportunity for a cooperative management approach between the BLM and TNC. In 2012 and 2013, BLM acquired 825 acres of this land from TNC. The area covered by the management plan is approximately 4,864 acres of BLM and TNC-administered lands located on both Upper and Lower Table Rocks.
The goals and objectives of the Table Rocks Management Area are to:
- Preserve the Table Rocks as examples of unique ecosystem types with outstanding physical and biological diversity.
- Preserve a full range of genetic diversity for all special status plants and animals found in the area.
- Maintain and enhance natural ecosystem processes essential for the adaptation and resiliency of Table Rock plant and wildlife communities into the future.
- Provide research opportunities for observing, studying, and monitoring the natural area.
- Provide environmental education and recreation opportunities that increase awareness of the natural and cultural values of the area, and foster stewardship attitudes and behavior.
- Protect the natural, cultural, and historical values of the Table Rocks.
- Provide consistent management across ownerships.
For more information about the Table Rocks Management Area, please view the following resources:
- Management Plan (PDF)
- Table Rocks website
- The Nature Conservancy
- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Critical habitat designation of vernal pools
- Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp
- Vernal Pool Biological Opinion
- Visitor Survey Results
If you wish to voice a concern or request more information about the Table Rocks, please contact us at:
Medford District Interagency Office
Butte Falls Resource Area
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504