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, to coordinate management of lands surrounding the Coquille Forest with the Coquille Tribe, 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:
|January-November 2014||Modeling and analysis|
|December 2014-March 2015||Writing and reviews|
|April 2015||Release of Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement|
|April-June 2015||Comment Period|
|May-August 2015||Develop and analyze proposed Resource Management Plan|
|Winter 2016||Publish Proposed Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement|
|Winter-Spring 2016||Protest Period, Governor’s Consistency Review, Resolution|
|Spring 2016||Record of Decision|