Rural Interface Areas
Consider the interests of adjacent and nearby rural landownersincluding residentsduring analysis, planning, and monitoring related to managed rural interface areas. These interests include personal health and safety, improvements to property, and quality of life. Determine how landowners might be, or are, affected by activities on BLM-administered lands.
Land Use Allocations
Managed rural interface areas (RIAs) encompass approximately 2,100 acres of BLM-administered land within 0.25 mile of private lands zoned for 1- to 5-acre, or 5- to 20-acre, lots located throughout the district (see Map 6). None of these acres are included in the Matrix.
Work with local governments to:
As a part of watershed analysis and project planning, work with local individuals and groupsincluding fire protection districtsto identify and address concerns related to possible impacts of proposed management activities on rural interface areas.
Use design features and mitigation measures to avoid/minimize impacts to health, life, property, and quality of life. Examples include different harvest regimes, hand application rather than aerial application of herbicides and pesticides, and hand piling slash for burning as opposed to broadcast burning. Monitor the effectiveness of design features and mitigation measures.
Eliminate or mitigate public hazards such as abandoned mine tunnels and quarries.
Manage rural interface areas using visual resource management class III standards (unless an area is classified as visual resource management class I or II).
Reduce unauthorized public use of non-through or local roads within rural interface areas and within 0.25 mile of existing dwellings. Gates and other types of traffic barriers such as guardrails, berms, ditches, and log barricades will be used as appropriate. These actions are needed to reduce public health and safety hazards, fire risk, and vandalism to private property.
Encourage dust abatement measures when haulers use BLM roads under contracts, permits, and right-of-way agreements.
Where needed reduce natural fuel hazards on BLM-administered lands in rural interface areas.