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Oregon / Washington


News Releases

Bureau of Land Management offices post News Releases to share news or let you know upcoming plans for their area. Below are the ten most recent news releases sorted by date. 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 OR/WA Office of Public Affairs with your questions or comments, at 503-808-6002 or by email.

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Latest News Releases
Oct 21 2016BLM Announces Partial Closure of Big Pines Recreation Site
Oct 21 2016Preferred Alternative for Vantage to Pomona Transmission Line Project Announced
Oct 17 2016BLM Completes Comprehensive Update of Its Oil and Gas Measurement Rules
Oct 03 2016BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in Eastern Washington
Sep 30 2016Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Committee to Meet October 12 and 13 in Medford

Current Announcements

Announcement Archive

What is White Nose Syndrome?

Date: 06/28/16

White-nose syndrome is a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The disease is estimated to have killed over six million bats in eastern North America since 2006, and can kill up to 100% of bats in a colony during hibernation.

In March 2016, Washington's first case of white-nose syndrome was confirmed in a Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) near North Bend, 30 miles east of Seattle. Though the disease has devastated bat populations in eastern North America, we do not yet know how it will impact western bats.

For information about white-nose syndrome and the Forest Service and BLM response in Oregon and Washington, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/home/?cid=FSEPRD501165

Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban

Date: 06/01/15

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Effective June 1, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks and exploding targets on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1 to October 15.

BLM Releases Draft Plan for Western Oregon

Date: 04/24/15


The Bureau of Land Management has released draft alternatives for the future management of 2.5 million acres of BLM-administered lands in western Oregon to better achieve social, economic and ecological objectives. The 90-day public comment period includes 16 open houses or workshops in the region. Five alternatives are detailed in the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for western Oregon, which is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/meetings.php

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project

Date: 12/19/14

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In December 2014, the BLM released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H). The DEIS reflects the analysis of the potential effects of the Proposed Action and alternatives, including a no-action alternative. Comments on the DEIS will be accepted December 19, 2014 through March 19, 2015.

B2H is proposed by Idaho Power Company (IPC) to design, construct, operate and maintain a new 500 kilovolt (kV), single-circuit electric transmission line from a proposed substation near Boardman, Oregon to the existing Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho, a distance of approximately 300 miles.

BLM debuts poster series that includes San Juan Islands National Monument

Date: 12/10/14

Jordan Cove Poster

The BLM has released the next series of its popular vintage poster collection and it includes a poster of the San Juan Islands National Monument (SJINM). The SJINM encompasses about 1,000 acres of land spread across rocks and islands managed by BLM. The vintage-style drawing featured on the poster is of Patos Island and its lighthouse, which is a dominant feature of the area.

Stop by your local BLM Office to free copy of this spectacular poster!

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Projects

Date: 11/07/14

Press Release

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's release of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the lead Federal agency for this proposed project. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Reclamation are cooperating agencies and these agencies' actions are included as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's analysis. The Bureau of Land Management has authorities under the Natural Gas Act to issue rights-of-way on behalf of itself and other Federal agencies.

History of the GLO in Oregon

Date: 07/10/2014

History of the GLO in Oregon

BLM is proud to announce the release of this new book that provides an in-depth look at Oregon's history through the eyes of the General Land Office. The General Land Office GLO is an integral piece in the mosaic of Oregon's history. Today the imprint of the GLO on Oregon's landscape is unmistakable in its cardinally-oriented roads and property lines. However, the story of the GLO in Oregon runs deeper than mapping and surveying the lands. As agents of the United States, GLO surveyors operated under the umbrella of United States' public land laws and policies and treaty-making with Indian tribes. This free book is just a small, but fascinating piece of Oregon's history and the role played by the GLO! Download your free copy here (PDF).

BLM Releases Planning Criteria for Western Oregon

Planning Criteria Document

The Planning Criteria provides an in-depth look at guidance, policy, analytical methodology and preliminary alternatives. This document is a look at how the BLM will be analyzing alternatives and moving towards land management plans for western Oregon. The public comment period will be open until March 31, 2014.

Representatives Needed for San Juan Islands Advisory Committee

Date: 02/06/14

The Bureau of Land Management is requesting nominations to fill 12 positions on the newly-established San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee. The application deadline is March 22, 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.blm.gov/or/rac/sanjuanac.php.

Western Oregon planning team hosts community listening sessions


Date: 11/19/13

As part of a continued conversation with the public about the planning effort in western Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting four community listening sessions to lay the foundation for constructive dialogue by sharing information and listening to initial thoughts and concerns about key natural resources and forest management issues in western Oregon. The Resource Management Plans (RMP) for Western Oregon project covers 2.5 million acres in western Oregon in a checkerboard diverse landscape with multiple interests. The BLM is preparing the RMPs to meet the social, cultural, economic, needs of western Oregon. Many people care about these lands and how they are being used. Whether it's where you live, work, or recreate; it's your backyard. The BLM recognizes that we need the public input on these complex forestry challenges in western Oregon. We want to integrate public values and perspectives into the planning process. We're inviting you to join the dialogue to find solutions to the challenges that will ultimately result in predictable outcomes.

BLM Releases the Purpose and Need Statement for the RMPs for Western Oregon

Date: 06/14/13

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shared the Purpose and Need statement (P&N) today on its website to continue the ongoing conversation with the public about the Resource Management Plans (RMP) for Western Oregon planning project. The P&N describes why the BLM is revising the RMPs in western Oregon and what outcomes the BLM intends the RMPs to achieve. The P&N defines the scope, or range, of alternatives that will be analyzed in the planning process leading to a land management solution.

Long Draw/Miller Homestead Fire Review

Date: 05/21/13

This Report was initiated by the BLM State Director, Jerome Perez with the intention of learning from the fire experiences and applying this knowledge to managing major fires in the future. The Report also provided an opportunity to gain insight and perspectives from the wide variety individuals and organizations involved or impacted by the fires. more >>


BLM Releases Decision for Hardrock Prospecting

Date: 12/21/12

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it has issued a decision that approves two hardrock prospecting permits for geological exploration within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest northeast of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (NVM). Beginning in March 2011, Ascot Resources Ltd. (Ascot) - a Vancouver, B.C.-based company incorporated in the State of Washington as Ascot USA Inc. - applied for the two prospecting permits. Earlier this month the U.S. Forest Service issued a Decision Notice consenting to the prospecting work.

BLM and U.S. Forest Service Announce Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP) Notice of Intent

Date: 09/21/12

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP) Notice of Intent

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service announced that they will consider amendment of their land management plans to make provision for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP). The Notice of Intent to initiate the public scoping process for this effort was published in the Federal Register on September 21, 2012.

Let's Move! On National Public Lands Day 2012

Let's Move! On National Public Lands Day 2012

Date: 09/12/12

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting numerous National Public Lands Day events across the region. All ages and abilities can get involved helping to restore, beautify, and improve the wild lands and recreation areas that we all benefit from and enjoy. Volunteers who pitch-in will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a "Fee-Free Coupon," good for free admission to a federally managed recreation site. Click here for complete information on events planned near you or visit www.publiclandsday.com.

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

Date: 08/22/12

The BLM is a Cooperating Agency on FERC's EIS for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.


BLM Listening and Learning

Date: 06/29/12

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon is encouraging the public to provide scoping comments for the six Western Oregon resource management plans (RMPs) that provide natural resource management direction for the future of 2.5 million acres of public lands. The BLM held seven scoping public meetings throughout Western Oregon since May 16, 2012. The scoping period wraps up on July 5.

Homesteading Day in Oregon

Homesteading Day in Oregon!

Date: 06/07/12

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber proclaimed June 7, 2012, as Homesteading Day in Oregon! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. The Homestead Act of 1862 brought about significant and lasting changes to the United States. Giving individuals from the United States and around the world the opportunity to claim free government land allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American Dream. During the homesteading era over 1.6 million people stepped-up to the challenge to claim and settle more than 270 million acres of public land.

Youth Programs

Youth Programs Summary and Accomplishments Report

Date: 05/09/12

Throughout 2011, the Oregon and Washington BLM made significant contributions to meeting the Department of the Interior's National Youth Initiative goals, while at the same time continuing to offer meaningful opportunities to the youths and their families, teachers, and community leaders of Oregon and Washington. The annual Youth Programs Summary and Accomplishments Report is now available for download.


Mother's Day Flower Show

Date: 05/08/12

Join us this Saturday, May 12, 10am-2pm for an open house of the O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden. Located near Reedsport on the southern Oregon coast, this garden has "rhodys" from around the world. Meet at the Dean Creek Viewing Area and enjoy this spectacular show of spring color! Read more>>

General Land Office 200 Year Anniversary

Date: 04/25/12

General Land Office 200th Anniversary

The Bureau of Land Management was officially established in 1946, but it has roots dating back two hundred years, since the foundation of the General Land Office (GLO) in 1812. The "Gateway to Land Ownership" as it was colloquially dubbed, helped millions of Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries acquire public lands for private and agricultural usage, while simultaneously generating income for the Federal Government.

This April, the GLO will celebrate its 200th birthday. The Oregon/Washington BLM invites you to learn more about our historic lands, and the enduring legacy of the General Land Office. Read more>>

Western Oregon Forests

BLM Initiates Planning Update for Western Oregon Forests

Date: 03/09/12

On March 9, 2012, the BLM announced it was beginning the process of revising Resource Management Plans (RMP) for 2.5 million acres of forested lands across six BLM Districts in western Oregon. The BLM is seeking public input on the issues and alternatives the new RMPs should address.

BLM State Director Ed Shepard stated: "The BLM welcomes new and innovative ideas that result from this scoping process. The planning process will recognize the importance of the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of natural resource management in western Oregon. Integrating public values and perspectives into the planning process is critical to finding a sustainable path forward."


Secretary Salazar Proposes Expansion of Ecological Forestry in Western Oregon and Update Resource Management Plans

Date: 02/22/12

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

Date: 02/14/12

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 Initiates Planning For Hardrock Geological Prospecting

Date: 02/08/12

The Bureau of Land Management announced that it is beginning the process to evaluate an exploration plan for hardrock geological prospecting northeast of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (NVM). Beginning in March 2011, Ascot Resources Ltd. (Ascot)—a Vancouver, B.C.-based company incorporated in the State of Washington as Ascot USA Inc.—applied for two prospecting permits.

The BLM will hold two public open houses to determine the nature and range of issues to be addressed in the environmental assessment, including alternatives: Longview—February 15; and Morton—February 16.

Secure Rural Schools

BLM Distributes Final Payments to Counties

Date: 01/20/12

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.