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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Alternative Dispute Resolution Process 2012

I. Process Goals Statement

The Work Group will make recommendations to the BLM regarding elements of the proposed plan. While the BLM has ultimate responsibility for decision-making as to which recommendations to implement, it is committed to supporting consensus recommendations from this collaborative (ADR) process. As a result, it will move forward with such a recommendation as the Proposed OHV Management Plan Alternative in the final EIS. If there is consensus on specific aspects of the project, but not on a complete plan, BLM will move forward with the consensus aspects, creating a separate alternative, or incorporating them into the BLM's Proposed Alternative.

II. Work Group Charge and Scope of Work

A. Charge

The Work Group will make recommendations to the BLM regarding elements of the proposed plan. While the BLM has ultimate responsibility for decision-making as to which recommendations to implement, it is committed to supporting consensus recommendations from this collaborative (ADR) process. As a result, it will move forward with such a recommendation as the Proposed OHV Management Plan Alternative in the final EIS. If there is consensus on specific aspects of the project, but not on a complete plan, BLM will move forward with the consensus aspects, creating a separate alternative, or incorporating them into the BLM's Proposed Alternative.

This ADR process is not about resolving disputes over processes associated with previous land management planning (either the 1995 Medford District Resource Management Plan or the 2008 Western Oregon Plan Revision for the Medford District). Therefore, this process will not consider eliminating OHV from Timber Mountain/Johns Peak, nor will it attempt to rectify any perceived process errors in past land management planning. This means that discussions about the legality of OHVs at Johns Peak as a result of decisions made in Resource Management Plan decisions will not be considered in the ADR process. Additionally, there are ongoing efforts to swap/sell lands between the City of Jacksonville and the Motorcycle Riders Association. There is an ongoing effort to create a non-motorized trail through the Timber Mountain/Johns Peak management area. This ADR process will not directly consider those efforts. However, participants can include their specific needs or opportunities related to those efforts in the negotiation process.

Finally, this ADR process is not a NEPA public comment process. Therefore, there is no current "scoping" or public comment opportunity for those who are not directly involved in this ADR process. Because the WG meetings will be open to the public, BLM will put meeting dates and information pertinent to this ADR process on its website. Any plan developed through this ADR process will be reviewed through a subsequent environmental impact statement (EIS) process. BLM will consider all public comments related to all alternatives then, regardless of one's affiliation with the ADR.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) retained the Institute for Conflict Management Inc. (ICM), through the Oregon Consensus Program at Portland State University, to assess the potential for agreement to a modified Timber Mountain/Johns Peak, off-highway vehicle (OHV) alternative that the BLM could analyze in a subsequent Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

ICM

The Institute for Conflict Management is a Portland-based, national provider of facilitation, mediation, and training services. ICM combines classic facilitation with the result-oriented tools of mediation to help diverse groups reach consensus. ICM has extensive experience in the intersection of policy, politics, science, and law. Because of their multi-disciplinary approach, they are very successful in integrating complex technical and scientific data, along with community and livability concerns, into multi-stakeholder, politicized, policy development forums.

Sam Imperati is ICM's Executive Director and has worked on a wide variety of public policy issues in the State of Oregon. He will serve as the lead facilitator for this process. Melissa Egan is the Assistant Facilitator, and will handle the communication, coordination, and logistics.

Related Documents (Updated 05/29/12)

Meeting Notes and Agendas (Updated 05/29/12)

WG Discussion Maps

Map Documents for Sept 15, 2012 Meeting

Past Workgroup Meeting Maps (4/24-6/02)