Coos Bay Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Coos Bay Record of Decision

Coos Bay District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

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- Appendices

Socioeconomic Conditions


Objectives

Contribute to local, state, national and international economies through sustainable use of BLM-managed lands and resources and use of innovative contracting and other implementation strategies.

Provide amenities (e.g., recreation facilities, protected special areas, and high quality fisheries) that enhance communities as places to live, work, and visit.

Land Use Allocations

There are no specific land use allocations related to socioeconomic conditions. However, allocations such as the General Forest Management Area can assist in meeting socioeconomic objectives.

Management Actions/Direction

Support and assist the State of Oregon Economic Development Department's efforts to help rural, resource-based communities develop and implement alternative economic strategies as a partial substitute for declining timber-based economies. Aid and support could include:

-   Increased coordination with state and local governments and citizens to prioritize BLM management and development activities.
-   Increased emphasis on management of special forest products.
-   Recreation development and other activities identified by BLM and the involved communities as benefiting identified economic strategies.

Improve wildlife and fish habitat to enhance hunting and fishing opportunities and to increase the economic returns generated by these activities.

Improve viewing opportunities for watchable wildlife at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, New River ACEC, and Coos Bay Shorelands.

Plan and design forest management activities to produce a sustained yield of products to support local and regional economic activity. A diversity of forest products (timber and non-timber) will be offered to support large and small commercial operations and provide for personal use.

Pursue opportunities for development of resource-based attractions at other specific locations such as the Coos Bay Shorelands, New River ACEC, Cape Blanco, and Gregory Point (Bal'diyaka) pending the completion of activity plans and available funding. These areas offer unique sets of resources that have broad appeal to the tourism-orientated visitors to the area and offer potential for diversification of the local economy.

Continue to participate as a member organization in Oregon Coastal Environments Awareness Network (OCEAN) to help foster educational and economic opportunities associated with the region's natural and cultural resource base.

Continue partnership efforts to plan, develop, and operate the proposed Bal'diyaka Cultural Heritage Interpretive Center.

Improve or develop numerous recreation sites, areas, trails, and Back Country Byways that can play a role in enhancing tourism activity within the district (see Recreation).