Bureau of Land Management offices post News Releases to share news or let you know upcoming plans for their area. If you have questions regarding a specific News Release, contact information is at the top of each News Release. Please feel free to contact the Prineville Office with your questions or comments, at 541-416-6700 or by email.
BLM opens public comment period for the La Pine Land Conveyance
On August 10, 2012, President Obama signed the La Pine Land Conveyance Act, Public Law 112-164, which transfers the ownership of about 910 acres of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Deschutes County and the City of La Pine.
The BLM is accepting public comments regarding project related issues until November 30, 2012. Comments may be faxed (541-416-6798), emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mailed to 3050 NE Third St., Prineville, OR 97754. Please direct all comments to the attention of: La Pine Land Conveyance Act. For more information, please contact Phil Paterno at 541-416-6700.
BLM Opens Millican Road Juniper Woodcutting Area (Unit #2)
Beginning April 30th, woodcutters will be able to cut downed juniper within the flagged, designated area only. The area can be accessed by unimproved, dirt roads. This project thinned young juniper less than 20 inches diameter to improve shrub-steppe habitat and reduce fire danger, and the downed wood is now available for personal use firewood.
- BLM-Millican Road Juniper Woodcutting Area Synopsis (PDF)
- Millican Road Juniper Woodcutting Area Unit #2 Map (PDF)
Secretary Salazar Proposes Expansion of Ecological Forestry in Western Oregon and Update Resource Management Plans
During a visit on February 21 to one of three ecological forestry pilot projects in Oregon, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will apply ecological forestry principles on a broader landscape to restore forest health and to provide sustainable timber harvests for local mills and the communities who rely on the timber industry for jobs and economic strengths.
Forestry Pilot Projects Report
Following up on the December 8, 2010 meeting in Washington, D.C. the BLM committed to immediately develop action plans for both the Roseburg Pilot Project and the Middle Applegate Watershed Pilot Project. Throughout 2011, the BLM, along with Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, held a series of public meetings, workshops, and field trips to discuss the pilot projects and learn more about the principles of ecological forestry. In February 2012, the BLM released a report regarding the Drs. Johnson and Franklin's observations about the Forestry Pilot Projects.
BLM Distributes Final Payments to Counties
The BLM announced today that it has issued payment to 18 counties in western Oregon eligible under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension (Public Law 110-343). The amount paid to the Oregon & California (O&C) counties was $40,037,160.
- Official 2011 Payment to the Counties (PDF)
- Press Release: BLM Distributes Final Payments to Counties (PDF)
- County Payments Background
Interior Conservation Awards to BLM-Led Partnerships
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented his "Partners in Conservation" Awards to a number of outstanding conservation partnerships at a ceremony on September 21, 2011. The awardees included four BLM-coordinated partnerships: Oregon's Jefferson Conservation Corps; the Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona; New Mexico's Permian Basin Memorandum of Agreement Program; and the nationwide Project Archaeology program.
A video profile about the Jefferson Conservation Corps is available on YouTube at:
In addition, an article about the Jefferson Conservation Corps is available in winter 2010 issue of BLM's magazine, NW Passage:
Socioeconomic Impacts of the BLM
The BLM has the privilege of protecting and maintaining some of the Nation's most unique treasures. We manage over 15.7 million acres of public land in Oregon, and approximately 436,000 acres in Washington, together with some 23.4 million acres of federal subsurface minerals. The BLM lands provide for a variety of multiple uses throughout the Northwest, all of which contribute to the well-being of local communities through economic activities, social contributions, and land stewardship programs. Take a look around at these socio-economic contributions; we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
- Contributing to Oregon's Economy (PDF)
- BLM - A Sound Investment for America (PDF)
- DOI's Economic Contributions (PDF)
- BLM and the Economy Op-Ed (PDF)
Secretary Salazar Approves West Butte Wind Power Project
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the decision to authorize a road and transmission line right of way across Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered lands associated with the West Butte Wind Power Project. This right of way authorization will provide access to private land for the purpose of constructing and operating a 104-megawatt wind turbine facility. Between 34 and 52 wind turbines are proposed for installation onprivate land and they are capable of producing enough energy to power 50,000 homes.
- West Butte Wind Power Project press release
- West Butte Wind Power Project planning page
- West Butte Wind Power Project map
- West Butte Wind Energy Record of Decision
- Federal Register Notice for the West Butte Wind Project
BLM to Analyze Effects of Herbicide Use on Public Lands in the Prineville District
The BLM is beginning the planning process to assess the site-specific effects of herbicide use on BLM lands in the Prineville District, Oregon, as one of several tools to control weeds and invasive vegetation to achieve ecological health objectives. As part of the planning effort, the District is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) titled, Environmental Assessment for Vegetation Treatments using Herbicides on BLM Lands, Prineville District, Oregon, which will focus on the effects of using the 17 herbicides authorized in the Record of Decision.
Prineville Employee Named National River Manager of the Year
Heidi Mottl, outdoor recreation planner for the Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Crook County resident, was presented today with a "National River Manager of the Year" award. Bestowed by the River Management Society (RMS), a national non-profit professional organization headquartered in Maryland. Mottl was nominated for this prestigious award by commercial river outfitters, agency partners, her past and current supervisors, and BLM employees.
- Press Release (PDF)
BLM Restores Guidance for Managing Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued guidance to its field managers describing how the agency will use its land use planning process to enable local communities, States, Tribes, the public, and stakeholders to help determine how to manage public lands with wilderness characteristics.
The guidance will ensure public lands with wilderness characteristics are inventoried, described, and managed in accordance with Secretarial Order 3310, issued by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in December.
President Proposes $1.13 Billion for BLM in Fiscal Year 2012 To Protect Resources and Manage Uses of Public Lands
President Obama today requested $1.13 billion in appropriations for the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, a decrease of $12.0 million from the 2010 Enacted/2011 Continuing Resolution level. The budget makes strategic investments in support of Administration and Secretarial initiatives, and offsets funding increases for these priorities with $25.5 million in administrative and management savings, shifting $42.4 million in energy and minerals inspection costs to industry, and reducing lower-priority programs.
Under the President's proposed budget, the BLM will focus on a number of priorities, including: Renewable Energy; Cooperative Landscape Conservation, including Sage-grouse Habitat Management; Youth in the Great Outdoors; Abandoned Mine Lands and Hard Rock Mining Reform; Wild Horse and Burro Program; and the Secretary's Western Oregon Strategy.
- Department of the Interior 2012 Budget Press Release (PDF)
- BLM 2012 Budget Press Release (PDF)
- The BLM: A Sound Investment for America (PDF)
Wind Energy Development Challenges & Opportunities Map
The Oregon/Washington BLM has worked collaboratively with numerous stakeholders and partners to provide the "Challenges & Opportunities" map. The BLM is providing this map of potential wind energy development information and key regional natural resource information in eastern Oregon to foster collaborative solutions in the planning and siting of infrastructure projects on public lands.
The BLM will be co-hosting a day-long symposium about renewable energy opportunities and conservation issues on November 9, in Bend, Oregon. The symposium will explore the vision for both renewable energy and landscape scale conservation that may lead to identifying areas in eastern Oregon that have greater potential for new energy development as well as those areas where there would be significant challenges to development.
BLM Releases Decision for Vegetation Treatments
On October 1, 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon State Office announced the release of a Record of Decision for the Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides on BLM Lands in Oregon. Weeds are currently spreading on BLM lands in Oregon at an estimated 12 percent per year, or 144,000 acres per year. This decision expands herbicide use beyond noxious weed treatments to include: the treatment of all invasive plants, the control of pests and diseases, and the control of native vegetation in rights-of-way and administrative sites, and recreation sites.
- Vegetation Treatments Press Release (PDF)
- Vegetation Treatments Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Final EIS and Record of Decision
BLM Releases Western Oregon Forest Management Report
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey today announced the findings of the interdisciplinary Western Oregon Task Force and an interagency approach for moving forward in the management of BLM-managed forests in western Oregon.
Oregon Badlands Wilderness Celebration
Come join us for the Oregon Badlands Wilderness celebration!
Saturday July 10th, 2010
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Directions: From Bend, go east on HWY 20, just before Mile Post 18, turn left on the paved road. Drive 1 mile to Badlands Rock Trailhead. For additional information about
the celebration, call 541-416-6700.
President Proposes $1.1 Billion for BLM in Fiscal Year 2011
With a focus on renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and other key priorities, President Obama today requested $1.1 billion in appropriations for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management in Fiscal Year 2011. This represents an $8.0 million increase from the BLM's FY 2010 enacted funding level. The President's request reflects his continuing commitment to be prudent with taxpayer dollars while setting priorities for spending.
BLM Prepares for Upcoming Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon State Office has announced that it will offer four parcels totaling approximately 5,342 acres, in Oregon, at its March 12, 2009 Oil and Gas Lease Competitive Sale. All four parcels to be offered are in Wheeler County near Mitchell, Oregon. The sale will be held at 9:00 AM, Thursday, March 12, at the Robert Duncan Plaza Building, 333 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon in the 3rd floor conference rooms.
BLM Prepares for Upcoming Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon State Office announced that it will offer three parcels totaling approximately 5,045 acres, in Oregon, at its September 11, 2008 Oil and Gas Lease Competitive Sale. All three parcels to be offered are in Jefferson County, Oregon, within the Crooked River National Grassland, administered by the U.S. Forest Service, Ochoco National Forest.
The sale will be held at 9:00 AM, Thursday, September 11, at the Robert Duncan Plaza Building, 333 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon in the 3rd floor conference rooms.
March Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The BLM Oregon State Office will offer six parcels totaling approximately 9,313 acres, in Oregon, at its March 13, 2008 Oil and Gas Lease Competitive Sale. All of the parcels to be offered are in Jefferson County, Oregon, within the Crooked River National Grassland, administered by the U.S. Forest Service, Ochoco National Forest.
The sale will be held at 9:00 AM at the Robert Duncan Plaza Building, 333 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon in the 3rd floor conference rooms.
- News Release - March 2008 Oil and Gas Sale, Jefferson County, Oregon (PDF)
- March 2008 Oil and Gas Sale Map, Jefferson County, Oregon (PDF)
2007 Helicopter Training Exercises - Helitack Crew, Pilots & ONDA Volunteers Remove Tons of Trash From Public Lands
A BLM & Forest Service interagency helicopter crew, Prineville Helitack, and USFS pilots Kim Reed and Jim Lucas, who needed annual training and re-certification, recently paired up to accomplish a dual objective on public lands. The pilot and crew successfully accomplished their training requirements in the process of removing tons of trash dumped on Prineville BLM lands in various locations, including difficult to access Wilderness Study Areas and Wild & Scenic River Corridors. more>> (PDF)
Sept 2007 - If "Pigs" Could Fly
Have you ever wondered if pigs could fly? On a bright sunny day in late September of 2007, a pig did indeed “fly” in Eastern Oregon, perhaps marking a moment in history…
Logan Butte is a landscape feature located amidst the Cenozoic era geology of central Oregon. It is a landscape that is timeless and beautiful, quiet and stark. The Butte is designated as an "Area of Critical Environmental Concern" that is dedicated to the study of fossil mammals from 30 million years ago. In the 1990’s, a paleontology researcher working at Logan Butte discovered the remains of a nearly complete "oreodont," or prehistoric sheep-like critter, high on a steep slope. Nearly complete specimens such as the found oreodont are rare and provide science with the opportunity for analysis and perhaps, new knowledge. more>> (PDF)
Oregon Badlands Wilderness Stewardship Group Seeks Volunteers
A group of community members, local organizations and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up to support site stewardship in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, east of Bend. Volunteer stewards are being sought for establishing and maintaining route closures, long-term trailhead maintenance, and other duties.
For more information on stewardship opportunities, please contact Gavin Hoban, BLM Recreation Planner at 541-416-6879, or by email at Gavin_Hoban@blm.gov