The following page contains the most important announcements for the past fiscal year. If you have questions regarding a specific announcement, feel free to contact the OR/WA Office of Public Affairs with your questions or comments, at 503-808-6002 or by email.
BLM Releases 2011 Secure Rural Schools Estimates
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Public Law 110-343) provided transition payments to the 18 western Oregon O&C counties through Fiscal Year 2010 and established another formula for calculating O&C county payments for Fiscal Year 2011. In developing the estimate for the Fiscal Year 2011 payment under the other formula, the BLM found an error in its preliminary calculations. The correct estimate was published in the President's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Justifications submitted to the Congress in March 2011. The final FY2012 Secure Rural Schools payment will be later than those in 2008–2010. Because this will be the first Secure Rural Schools payment under the "new" formula detailed in the Act, a new procedure affects the timing of the payments. The BLM now relies on the final Forest Service payment calculation, and the Forest Service will not have their figures available until mid-December. Therefore, the earliest the BLM payments can be distributed will be at the end of December.
- FY 2012 Payment Estimate to be Paid in 2011 (PDF)
- Secure Rural Schools Letter to the Oregon Congressional Delegation (PDF)
- President's FY 2012 Budget Justifications (Chapter 7, Page 13) (PDF)
Soda Mountain Wilderness Plan Open for Public Comment
Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the public comment period for the draft Stewardship Plan and Environmental Assessment for the recently created Soda Mountain Wilderness Area in southern Oregon. The Soda Mountain Wilderness was created in March 2009 under the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-011). The law designated approximately 24,100 acres within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as wilderness.
- Medford Planning
- National Landscape Conservation System
- National Landscape Conservation System YouTube video
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:
North America's Earliest Beaver Discovered in Oregon
A new fossil find represents the earliest record of living beavers (Castor) in North America. A pair of teeth was found on Bureau of Land Management land near Dayville, Oregon. These teeth come from the Rattlesnake Formation and are between 7 and 7.3 million years old.
The specimens will be going on display in the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The new find is described in an article appearing in the current issue of the Journal of Paleontology.
- BLM Beaver Fossil Page
- Beaver Discovery Press Release (PDF)
- Journal of Paleontology
- John Day Fossil Beds
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)
BLM Announces Strategy to Conserve Sage-Grouse and Protect Habitat
In response to requests from state and local governments to facilitate ways to conserve greater sage-grouse and protect its habitat, BLM scientists and managers met with state wildlife management officials July 16, 2011 to brief them on the agency’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The meeting took place at the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The BLM strategy emphasizes a cooperative approach and provides a framework to advance efforts to implement timely conservation measures for sage-grouse and its habitat.
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 on private 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
Survey and Manage Settlement Agreement
The BLM and U.S. Forest Service have reached a final settlement with plaintiffs on the terms and conditions of the Survey and Manage litigation. The terms of the final settlement agreement include:
- Maintaining the "Pechman Exemptions," which exempt certain projects from pre-disturbance surveys and known site management;
- A revised species list that reflects agreements about which species continue to need the protections of the survey and manage mitigation measure;
- Establishing new exemption categories that emphasize restoration activities; and
- Reinstating the 2001 Record or Decision (ROD) and setting aside the 2007 RODs.
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)
Salazar, Abbey Restore Protections for America's Wild Lands
A secretarial order issued by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar restores balance and clarity to the management of public lands by establishing common-sense policy for the protection of backcountry areas where Americans recreate, find solitude, and enjoy the wild. Secretarial Order 3310 directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), based on the input of the public and local communities through its existing land management planning process, to designate appropriate areas with wilderness characteristics under its jurisdiction as "Wild Lands" and to manage them to protect their wilderness values.
- Press Release (PDF)
Independent Report on Wild Horse Gathers
The Bureau of Land Management today released a report prepared by four independent, credentialed equine professionals concerning the care and handling of wild horses and burros at three major gathers or round-ups held over the summer. The full report, accessible at the BLM's national website, made several observations and findings, including the observation that, in general, "horses did not exhibit undue stress or show signs of extreme sweating or duress due to the helicopter portion of the gather, maintaining a trot or canter gait only as they entered the wings of the trap. Rather[,] horses showed more anxiety once they were closed in the pens in close quarters; however, given time to settle, most of the horses engaged in normal behavior...." The report also favorably noted the helicopter's "precision" in gathering horses and burros, comparing it to "a dog working sheep."
Christmas Tree Permits Available
Every November-December, the BLM in Oregon and Washington sells Christmas tree permits for a variety of locations:
Some cutting areas may not be accessible after snowfall so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season.
Secretary Salazar Announces NLCS Directorate
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued a Secretarial Order elevating the Office of the National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the level of a directorate within BLM.
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.
Oregon Archaeology Celebration Events
Each October, Oregon celebrates its unique heritage through participating in Oregon Archaeology Month events planned throughout the state. Below is the link to the Calendar of Events for this year's Oregon Archaeology Celebration, which also includes a listing of heritage museums, heritage parks and heritage centers throughout Oregon.
- Oregon Archaeology Celebration Events Calendar (PDF)
- Oregon/Washington BLM Cultural Heritage Information
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
Oregon Vegetation Treatments Final EIS Releases
In July 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides on BLM Lands in Oregon Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Final EIS analyzes a proposal to increase the number of herbicides available to the nine BLM districts in Oregon for use in their existing noxious weed, invasive plant, and other vegetation management programs.
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.
BLM Prepares for Upcoming Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon State Office announced that it will offer two parcels totaling approximately 2,722 acres, in Washington State, at its June 17, 2010 Oil and Gas Lease Competitive Sale. All of the parcels to be offered are in southeast Washington in Benton County.
- News Release (PDF)
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 2,559 acres, in Washington State, at its March 11, 2010 Oil and Gas Lease Competitive Sale. All of the parcels to be offered are in central Washington in Grant County.
- News Release (PDF)
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 Distributes Payments to Counties
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act was reauthorized as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 signed into law in October 2008 (Public Law 110-343). The reauthorized act provides declining payments to 18 westside Oregon Counties from Fiscal Year 2008 through 2011. Eligible counties in Oregon and several other “transition” States will receive declining payments from Fiscal Years 2008 to 2010 based upon their Fiscal Year 2006 payments. Then, in Fiscal Year 2011, counties will receive payments based on a new formula detailed in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The Act included other changes, such as limiting how counties may spend their Title III project funds. The Oregon/Washington BLM made payments to each of the eligible western Oregon counties for Fiscal Year 2009 on November 25, 2009.
Secretary Salazar to Discuss Next Steps for Western Oregon Forest Management
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar hosted a news media teleconference to discuss a schedule of timber sales on public lands in Western Oregon and initial steps for forest management in the area.
To provide additional certainty to local mills and local communities, the BLM released a list of about 60 proposed timber sales scheduled over the next 12 months. The program of work reflects an interim approach as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife continues to work on refinement of the northern spotted owl recovery plan via a number of technical workgroups.
- Western Oregon 2010 Program of Work
- Department of the Interior Launches Work Plan for BLM Western Oregon Forests
Oregon Vegetation Treatments Draft EIS
Noxious weeds, invasive plants, and other weeds infest millions of acres in Oregon. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million of the 15.7 million acres of BLM lands in Oregon are currently infested with noxious weeds and are spreading at an estimated rate of 12 percent per year.
To address this issue, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review and comment. The 60-day public comment period for the Draft EIS began on October 2, 2009 and closed on December 1, 2009.
- Vegetation Treatments Draft EIS Newsrelease
- Vegetation Treatments Draft EIS Q&As
- Vegetation Treatments Draft EIS Information Sheet
- Vegetation Treatments Draft EIS Notice of Availability
National Public Lands Day 2009
Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to participate in the 16th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26, 2009. In what has become the largest volunteer hands-on effort of its kind in the country, participants will come together to lend a hand to the very lands they use to hike, bike, climb, fish, swim, explore, picnic, or just plain relax.
Steens Mountain Area Road Maintenance Activities
The Burns District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted road maintenance and improvement activities on Burnt Car, Tombstone, and other routes near the South Steens Loop Road. All roads are located within the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. An internal fact-finding team reviewed the actions during the week of August 17 and developed a report. The objective of the review was to establish the facts and assemble a chronology of events leading up to and during the road maintenance activities. The team's final report concluded the work did not meet some of the BLM's requirements and procedures. The BLM Burns District has started work to restore and rehabilitate the affected roads. An Environmental Assessment will be completed and BLM will be working closely with the local community and key stakeholders throughout the process. Please see the links below to view the full report, a map of the area, and news release. For further information, contact Burns District BLM at 541-573-4400 or by email.
ARRA Stimulus Projects Funded
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon State Office announced $32.4 million to fund 60 BLM projects in Oregon and Washington under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These investments will restore landscapes and habitat, spur renewable energy development on public lands, and create jobs.
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.
An Epic Magazine of Exploration and Adventure Returns!
The saga continues! Northwest Passage, the Bureau of Land Management Magazine for Oregon & Washington is back with Issue #2.
Read, if you dare, about a mysterious ghost ship that returned from the ocean to BLM Lands! Then meet a BLM artist who works in heavy metal! See brilliant photos from around the Districts at the 2008 National Public Lands Day. Learn about the BLM's role in America's multicultural migration. Find your holiday tree on public lands and so much more in this, the second issue of Northwest Passage.
- Northwest Passage Issue 2 Vol 1 (PDF) - 14 MB
Northwest Passage Magazine Premiere
Northwest Passage, the Bureau of Land Management Magazine for Oregon & Washington, delivers breathtaking photos of the Pacific Northwest alongside compelling and humorous articles on the latest environmental actions, news, policies, and technologies.
With a highly visual style and glossy newsstand appearance, Northwest Passage connects with a wide audience of active readership from the BLM's own staff and retirees to local government, media, and the people who live, explore, and travel on our spectacular public lands across Oregon & Washington.
- Northwest Passage Issue 1 Vol 1 (PDF) - 11 MB
National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American's enjoy. In 2006, about 100,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants.
- 2008 Flyer (PDF)
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.
BLM Announces Availability of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Plan
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the final plan for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The management plan sets forth the final direction for managing the 52,947 acres of BLM lands for the next ten years. The plan also provides the strategies needed to protect and preserve the biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational and scientific values within the monument.
The 2000 Presidential Proclamation reserved the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in recognition of its remarkable ecol¬ogy and to protect a diverse range of biological, geological, aquatic, archeological, and historic objects. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is the first monument set aside solely for the preservation of biodiversity. Due to several complex biological and geological factors and processes operating simultaneously, the monument contains an unusually high variety of species in a geographically small area.
Land use decisions made in this plan include: land tenure zoning classifications; designations of vegetation management areas; visual resource management classifications; programmatic and site-specific decisions related to livestock grazing; decisions regarding transportation and access (except those mandated by the presidential proclamation); wildland fire management; recreation management; and management of rights-of-way and communication sites.
June 2008 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office will offer three parcels totaling approximately 4,283 acres, in Washington, at its June 12, 2008 Oil and Gas Lease Competitive Sale. All of the parcels to be offered are in Benton County, Washington. 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 - June 2008 Oil and Gas Sale, Benton County, Washington (PDF)
- June 2008 Oil and Gas Sale Map, Benton County, Washington (PDF)
BLM Rejects Hardrock Lease Application near Mount St. Helens
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon State Office announced that it has decided to move forward with the “No Action” alternative in the March 2007 Environmental Assessment (EA), and reject the hardrock lease application. After careful consideration of the application, findings of the EA, and public comments, BLM concluded that it is not possible at this time to determine if leasing, even with a contingent right stipulation, would, over the long term, result in mineral development activities that would be compatible with the purpose for which the lands were re-acquired by the Federal Government.
General Moly (formerly Idaho General Mines, Inc.), a Lakewood, Colorado-based firm, applied for a fractional interest hardrock mining lease for 217.3 acres, in March 2005, and a fringe acreage lease for the adjoining 682.2 acres in the vicinity of Goat Mountain and the headwaters of the Green River, approximately 12 miles northeast of the Mount St. Helens volcanic crater. The lease application area was outside the legislated National Volcanic Monument boundaries. Even without the lease, GMI will continue to own an undivided 50 percent interest in the mineral estate within the 217.3 acre parcel.
- BLM Rejects Hardrock Lease Application near Mount St. Helens News Release (PDF)
- Environmental Assessment: Decision Record - Decision Rationale (PDF)
"Once in a Lifetime" Fossil Discovery on BLM Public Land
A major archeological announcement was released by Science Magazine on April 3, 2008 titled "DNA from Pre-Clovis Human Coprolites in Oregon, North America." This publication documents the discovery of human coprolites (petrified feces) containing human DNA that is 14,340 calendar years old. This finding has international significance for unraveling the history of humans in the New World, as it is the oldest human DNA obtained from the Americas.These artifacts were recovered from the Paisley Caves, which are located within the Five Mile Butte area of the Summer Lake Basin north of Paisley, Oregon.
Mystery Shipwreck Identified
The wooden hulled ship buried in sand on the North Spit of Coos Bay has been identified by archeologists as the George L. Olson.
Research suggests there is strong evidence that the mystery shipwreck is the bow-section of the steam schooner George L. Olson. Comparing historical photographs of the George L. Olson with current pictures of the shipwreck, both ships have three portholes with three chain plates aft of the portholes. The location of the Samson Post, Hawespipes, and the black vertical bumpers are identical. The pattern made by the through hull iron fasteners also appears identical (see attached photograph).
The story of the George L. Olson is outlined below:
The George L. Olson was originally named the Ryder Hanify. The steam schooner Ryder Hanify was built for J.R. Hanify and Company of San Francisco by the W.F. Stone shipyards of Oakland, California. The ship was launched on January 22, 1917. At 223 feet long and nearly 44 feet wide, the Ryder Hanify was one of the largest ships built to date at the Stone shipyard. The boat was powered by a 1,000 horse power steam engine and was designed to carry 1.4 million board feet of lumber at a time. read more>>
The Ryder Hanify was put into service in May 1917 hauling lumber. It completed several voyages during that year, including a shipment of lumber to South America in October, 1917.
On December 6, 1917, the Ryder Hanify, along with six other lumber carrying ships, was sold to the French government. The French government renamed the Ryder Hanify the Gabriel.
On March 9, 1922 an announcement was made in the Los Angeles Times that Oliver J. Olson , a “prominent lumber and steamship owner” had purchased two steam schooners from the French government and was now refitting them for the lumber trade. This included the Gabriel, which Olson renamed the George L. Olson.
The George L. Olson worked as a lumber carrying schooner in the Northwest for over 20 years until June 23, 1944 when it struck Coos Bay’s North Jetty and drifted aground on Guano Rock inside the Coos Bay channel. There were no casualties when the ship wrecked, but the ship was declared a total loss. At the time it wrecked, the George L. Olson was loaded with about 1.4 million board feet of lumber.
Salvage of the ship’s lumber cargo was conducted for the next six months. Five hundred thousand board feet of lumber recovered off of the ship was used to construct the Baptist Church in Charleston.
In December 1944, the hulk of the George L. Olson was towed to sea and was cut adrift with the intention she beach on the North Spit. During the following years, build-up of the foredune in the area covered the wreck.
The BLM, along with State of Oregon Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Coos County Historical and Maritime Museum, and NOAA, continue to consult with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to review options and make plans for the ship’s future. BLM and Museum staff continue to document the ship with photographs.
For additional information feel free to contact:
- Megan Harper – BLM - (541) 751-4353
- Steve Samuels – BLM - (541) 751-4244
- Anne Donnelly – Coos County Historical and Maritime Museum – (541) 756-6320
- Calum Stevenson – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department – (541) 888-9324
- Robert Schwemmer – NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in Santa Barbara – (805) 884-1466
Original George L. Olson Photos
Ryder_Hanify_Bow – Bow section of the Ryder Hanify (George L. Olson) taken June 3, 1917 in San Pedro, CA on one its first voyages. Photo courtesy of Robert Schwemmer at the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Full ship – The Ryder Hanify taking the water. Photo courtesy of Robert Schwemmer at the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Present Day George L. Olson Photos
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)
BLM releases Western Oregon Draft EIS for Public Review
On August 10, 2007, the BLM released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the revision of the Resource Management Plans of the western Oregon BLM Districts. The draft document will be open for public review and comment until January 11, 2008. read more>>
The Draft EIS analyzes the impacts of four alternatives: maintaining the current plans (no action) and three new alternatives, for future management of the Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, and Coos Bay Districts and the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District. The planning area includes approximately 2,550,000 acres of public lands. About 2,100,000 of those acres are land revested from the Oregon and California Railroad and are managed under the O&C Lands Act of 1937.
A copy of the Draft EIS and supporting information can be found on this web site at:
Hardrock Lease Application Environmental Assessment
The Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office has announced the release of an Environmental Assessment pertaining to the application for a hardrock minerals lease filed in March 2005 by Idaho General Mines, Inc. (IGMI). The hardrock minerals lease does not afford IGMI the opportunity to conduct any exploration, or mining activities, just the right to apply to conduct these activities. The hardrock minerals lease is in the vicinity of Goat Mountain and the Green River, approximately 12 miles northeast of the Mount St. Helens volcanic crater in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The lease application area is outside the National Volcanic Monument boundaries. read more>>
Written comments postmarked within 60 days of the notice will be accepted via courier at the BLM Oregon State Office Public Desk, 333 S.W. 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, or by mail at:
U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Oregon State Office
Attention: Lands and Mineral Resources (OR-936)
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208
Individual respondents may request confidentiality during the comment process. Those who choose to withhold their name or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, must state this prominently at the beginning of their written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals who identified themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
During this comment period electronic comments may also be submitted directly to the following address: Eric_Hoffman@or.blm.gov
The public comment period for the Environmental Assessment will now close on Monday, May 14, 2007.
News Release - Comment Period Extended for Hardrock Lease Application (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (82kb PDF)
News Release - Hardrock Lease Application Environmental Assessment (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (132kb PDF)
Environmental Assessment(right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (131kb PDF)
Finding of No Significant Impact (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (29.2kb PDF)
Sustained Yield Units (SYU) in Western Oregon
In 1946 and 1947, the Secretary of the Interior established 12 master units on BLM lands in western Oregon, which serve as SYUs, along with their related marketing areas. At the time, the marketing areas required the processing of timber from western Oregon BLM timber sales to occur in the same marketing area in which it was purchased. There is no longer a regulatory requirement for marketing areas. read more>>
The BLM Oregon/Washington State Director has made a decision to abolish the current master units and establish six SYUs to include the BLM managed lands in western Oregon. The boundaries of such SYUs shall coincide with the boundaries of the Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, and Coos Bay Districts, and the area west of Highway 97 in the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District. The change in boundaries of the SYUs will become immediately effective, but will not be applied until new annual sustained yield capacities are declared in the Records of Decisions for the ongoing Western Oregon Plan Revisions. Until that time, this decision does not make any change to the existing six Western Oregon RMPs or to the current declared annual sustained yield capacity.
Kim Family Incident Management Review
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the completion of its management review of the policies and procedures related to management of road #34-8-36 and other routes in the vicinity of the Bear Camp Road. This management review found that no BLM employee failed to carry out any specific order or work assignment concerning locking a specific gate by a specific date or time. read more>>
Gates are opened or closed based on a variety of management issues and public needs, including: timber sales; woodcutting;Christmas tree permits; hunting; wildlife habitat; and soils and weather.
Management Review (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (2.20mb PDF)
Management Review Map (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (2.20mb PDF)
News Release - Kim Family Management Review Completed (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (2.20mb PDF)
Lessons Learned (right click, and choose Save As to download this document) (26mb PDF)
This Lessons Learned portion of the report is intended to aid the BLM in ongoing efforts related to management of Galice Access Road 34-8-36.
At the time of the incident there were three warning signs between Interstate 5 and the Forest Service 23 (Bear Camp) Road that indicated the road “may be blocked by snow drifts.” In addition, warning sign is posted on U.S. Forest Service Road 23 (Bear Camp Road) beyond the junction with the Galice Access Road 34-8-36. The following signs were in place:
Additional signs were ordered for this area in September 2006 and delivered in December 2006. These signs were installed on December 19, 2006 together with diamond shaped yellow-orange reflective signs to attract attention. In addition to the signs that were in place, the following signs are now in place: