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:

- Tables

- Figures

- Maps

- Appendices

Visual Resources


Objectives

Manage all BLM-administered land to meet the following visual quality objectives:

-   VRM Class I areas: Preserve the existing character of landscapes.
-   VRM Class II areas: Retain the existing character of landscapes.
-   VRM Class III areas: Partially retain the existing character of landscapes.
-   VRM Class IV areas: Allow major modifications of existing character of landscapes.

Emphasize management of scenic resources in selected high-use areas to retain or preserve scenic quality.

Land Use Allocations

VRM Class   Approximate
Acres
I   600
II   6,600
III   14,700
IV   307,700

See Map 5 for the location of visual resource management classes.

VRM Class I: The Congressionally-designated Squaw Island Wilderness, Zwagg Island, and North Sisters Rocks Wilderness Study Areas; and Cherry Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern/Research Natural Area.

VRM Class II or Class III (see Map 5): Available forest land adjacent (within 0.25 mile) to developed recreation sites, state and federal highways, and state scenic waterways would be managed as inventoried. Representative Class II areas include lands along Highway 101, the Umpqua and Rogue River corridors, Mill Creek Road, and the Coquille Valley. Lands adjacent to most county roads in rural residential areas (such as along the Coos River, Coos Bay Wagon Road, and Smith River Road) are primarily Class III.

VRM Class IV: All other available forest land except as noted under Rural Interface Area Management. This includes lands within the General Forest Management Area and Connectivity/Diversity Blocks as well as lands adjacent to most logging access roads and other seldom seen areas.

The remaining lands (non-forest, nonsuitable woodland, suitable woodland-low site, and lands allocated for uses other than for timber production) would be managed as inventoried.

Management Actions/Direction

Address visual resource management issues when conducting watershed analysis.

Use the visual resource contrast rating system during project level planning to determine whether or not proposed activities will meet VRM objectives. Use mitigation measures to reduce visual contrasts.

Provide for natural ecological changes in VRM Class I areas. Some very limited management activities may occur in these areas. The level of change to the characteristic landscape should be very low and must not attract attention. Changes should repeat the basic elements of form, line, color, texture, and scale found in the predominant natural features of the characteristic landscape.

Manage VRM Class II lands for low levels of change to the characteristic landscape. Management activities may be seen but should not attract the attention of the casual observer. Changes should repeat the basic elements of form, line, color, texture, and scale found in the predominant natural features of the characteristic landscape.

Manage VRM Class III lands for moderate levels of change to the characteristic landscape. Management activities may attract attention but should not dominate the view of the casual observer. Changes should repeat the basic elements of form, line, color, texture, and scale found in the predominant natural features of the characteristic landscape.

Manage VRM Class IV lands for moderate levels of change to the characteristic landscape. Management activities may dominate the view and be the major focus of viewer attention. However, every attempt should be made to minimize the effect of these activities through careful location, minimal disturbance, and repeating the basic elements of form, line, color, and texture.