Cathy Harris- Bureau of Land Management - Oregon 503/952/6027
Allen Gibbs - Forest Service - Washington 425/744/3572
March 2, 1999
||The Bureau of Land
Management and the Forest Service will defer surveys on 32 small woodland species such as
snails, slugs, fungi, mosses and liverworts until October 1, 1999. Deferring these surveys
will allow ground-disturbing activities, such as timber sales and recreation development,
to continue through the rest of FY 1999.
Assessment (EA) proposes to postpone the implementation schedule for one year for Survey
and Manage and Protection Buffer Species. The EA was sent out on October 7, 1998, for
||The EA proposes a
change to delay the schedule until October 1, 1999, for implementing surveys for 32 Survey
and Manage species within the are covered by the Northwest Forest Plan. Current
information indicates the technical infeasibility of performing surveys for the 32
species, therefore the EA proposes an extension of one year for these surveys.
Forest Plan currently directs the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to survey
for 80 Survey and Manage species before any federal ground is disturbed. Biologists
discovered it was not feasible to survey for 32 of the 80 species because of : 1) limited
number of experts able to identify some species, 2) inability to identify some species in
the field, 3) inability to locate some species in a single year of surveys.
The Forest Service is issuing a Decision Notice for an
Environmental Assessment and the Bureau of Land Management is issuing a Plan Maintenance
Document to implement the schedule change
The delay is necessary to accomplish both primary goals of
the Northwest Forest Plan. These two goals are continued production of goods and services
and maintaining and restoring healthy old-growth ecosystems. Continuing to require surveys
for some species when surveys are still considered infeasible would mean that
ground-disturbing actions could not proceed. This would have serious consequences to the
delivery of goods and services as expected under the Northwest Forest Plan. Species
experts analyzed the effects to each of the 32 species from the proposed one year delay in
the requirements to survey. They concluded that there would be no substantial increase in
risk to species from this action.
In addition, the agencies are preparing an Environmental
Impact Statement to more authoritatively address each of the species and how they could be
more efficiently and effectively managed and protected.
Web site: www.or.blm.gov/nwfp.htm
Last Updated: June 07, 2001 02:23 PM