Coordination and Consultation
The implementation of this RMP and the overriding SEIS ROD calls for a high level of coordination and cooperation among agencies. A formal procedure for interagency coordination has been created by a Memorandum of Understanding for Ecosystem Management that has been entered into by the White House Office on Environmental Policy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) created several interagency groups, including the Interagency Steering Committee, Regional Interagency Executive Committee, and Regional Ecosystem Office. A detailed description of these groups is included in the SEIS ROD, Attachment A, Section E, Implementation.
Consultation under the Endangered Species Act will emphasize an integrated ecosystem approach. This will include involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in all relevant implementation planning to ensure their views are known. Actions proposed to implement this RMP will undergo consultation, either formal or informal, as appropriate. Consultation for the northern spotted owl on activities that are consistent with the standards and guidelines of the SEIS ROD and that would not result in "take" of a listed species is expected to be informal. If "take" would result, incidental "take" statements will be provided through formal consultation.
Concurrent coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on water quality standards and beneficial use requirements of the Clean Water Act will minimize project impacts. Similar coordination will occur with the EPA, DEQ, and U.S. Forest Service to minimize impacts from prescribed burning emissions.