Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Western Oregon
"The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of revising the Resource Management Plans (RMP) for western Oregon. These 2.5 million acres have an important role to the social, economic, and ecological well being of western Oregon, as well as to the greater American public. Recognizing this importance, your engagement is important to us. Thus, we are striving for a whole different approach of engaging the public through outreach and community collaboration. We want to engage you in ways that are in your best interest and communicate where we're heading based on science, public inputs, regulations, and guidance.
There are a lot of important and complex issues that need to be addressed during this revision process. Needless to say there are also very diverse and strong opinions on how these lands should be managed in the future. In an effort to try to change the dialogue, besides changing how we engage the public, I want to focus our discussions around outcomes, not outputs. We realize we can't do this alone. Nor does the BLM have the sole 'solution.' Rather, we want to work together, across the board, to explore those solutions. Please join us in this exciting process of developing the RMPs for western Oregon to manage public lands for present and future generations."
— Jerome E. Perez, BLM State Director, Oregon/Washington
The Resource Management Plans (RMP) for Western Oregon will determine how the BLM-administered lands in western Oregon will be managed to further the recovery of threatened and endangered species, to provide for clean water, to restore fire-adapted ecosystems, to produce a sustained yield of timber products, and to provide for recreation opportunities.
There are approximately 2.5 million acres in western Oregon that are part of the BLM-administered public lands included in the RMPs for Western Oregon. These lands provide forest products, fish and wildlife habitat, and countless recreation opportunities. Unlike national forests, BLM western Oregon public lands are generally not large contiguous blocks. A "checkerboard" pattern of public land is what makes up the federal lands.
Why is the BLM engaging in this effort? Emerging environmental, economic, and social impacts are making the last plans unable to meet the needs of people, plants, and wildlife that depend on these public lands.
Following is a tentative timeline for the RMPs for Western Oregon planning process:
|March 9, 2012||Published NOI announcing new planning effort|
|March 9 to July 5, 2012||Scoping Period|
|Fall 2012 &
|Scoping Report released
|Spring 2013||Prepare Analysis of the Management Situation
Community Partner and Tribal Outreach
|Summer 2013||Purpose and Need Statement released|
|Summer 2013||Analysis of the Management Situation released|
|Winter 2013||Formulate Alternatives
Community Listening Sessions Outreach
|Early 2014||Planning Criteria document released followed by a 30-day public comment period|
|Spring 2014||Analyze Alternatives
Preliminary Alternative Outreach
|Fall/Winter 2014||Prepare and Release Draft RMP/Draft EIS followed by a 90-day public comment period|
|Early 2015||Prepare Proposed RMP/Final EIS|
|Summer 2015||Release Proposed RMP/Final EIS followed by a 60-day Governor's Consistency Review and a 30-day protest period|
|Fall 2015||Release Record of Decision|
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