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Oregon / Washington

Glass Buttes Communication Site and VRM Plan Amendment

Glass Buttes

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District Office is developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed project to establish a Right-of-Way (ROW) agreement with each of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) a federal entity under the U.S. Dept. of Energy and American Towers LLC, a private company, to construct two new communication facilities on the top of Glass Buttes, 15 miles east of Hampton, Oregon. The EA will identify a range of alternatives to address the potential of granting the ROWs, including a No Action alternative that would deny the proposed actions.

The proposed BPA facility would provide BPA telecommunications services, and would also host the State of Oregon's State Radio Project (SRP), which would enhance emergency response and other crucial communications services throughout the State of Oregon. American Towers would lease its new facility to multiple telecommunication service providers for the area of Glass Buttes and its surrounding residents and communities. Lessee/providers would provide local telephone service as well as 911 and other emergency responder services to the area. The communications site proposal would also require an amendment to resolve a conflict in the 1989 Brothers-La Pine Resource Management Plan, which allows the development of communication sites on Glass Buttes while at the same time directing the BLM to exclude activities that have long-term visual changes to Glass Buttes.