John Day Basin Resource Management Plan
After many years of hard work, countless public meetings and review of public comments, the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan will be coming off the presses soon! This plan will provide our office with guidance for any decision we make for about 450,000 acres of public land in the John Day Basin for the next 20 years or so. This new plan revises and consolidates three RMPs that provide current guidance within the John Day Basin: The Two Rivers RMP (1986), the John Day RMP (1985), and the Baker RMP (1989).
So how does a Resource Management Plan—or RMP—really work? For the past seven years we've been gathering information and talking with our specialists, our partners, and you, to figure out how we want to manage resources on BLM lands in Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, Wasco, Sherman, Umatilla, Jefferson and Morrow Counties. Once it's finalized—in the next month or so—this document will guide where all kinds of different types of activities are allowed, restricted or excluded on public lands—from fire management to wildlife management to recreational activities.
There are a few decisions, however, that are considered "implementation decisions." That means that we have identified a few projects that can go into effect as soon as the plan is final. For example, we are including all the decisions made in the 2001 John Day River Plan into this RMP, we have identified parts of the North Fork of the John Day River as suitable for designation as Wild and Scenic, and we have developed an operation plan for Little Canyon Mountain that balances the needs of OHV users for the play area and the needs of nearby residents.
One of our most essential implementation decisions is an Interim Travel Management Plan. We are required to designate our transportation system in a land use plan like this one. We have identified some roads to be closed and others that will be open year round or seasonally. And what that means for you is that, by formally identifying (or "designating") a route, we are committing to operating and maintaining that route as part of our transportation system.
The most important part of our travel management plan is that it is not a final plan! Although the interim plan will be "effective" immediately, we know there may need to be some changes. We will want to see how the interim plan works, identify any needed adjustments and get public opinion on what works and what doesn't. We will hold additional public meetings and get more public input prior to developing a final plan. For additional information on how the plan may change road access in the John Day Basin, please view the May 2012 Question and Answer Sheet (PDF).
How to get a copy of the RMP
If you are okay with viewing the RMP on the web, you don't need to contact us. We will post a notice on this site later this summer when the RMP is available. Contact us if you would like to receive an email or postcard to let you know when the RMP is available.
We will have a limited number of CD and paper copies available upon request (the RMP is over 300 pages). Please contact us if accessing the RMP on the web is not your preference, and we will mail you a hardcopy or CD.
Email for questions or comments: BLM_OR_PR_Front_Desk@blm.gov
Office: Prineville BLM, 3050 N.E. 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754
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