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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Cooperating Agencies Advisory Group (CAAG)

In Oregon, the BLM is fully utilizing the Cooperating Agency process in the Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Western Oregon effort. The Cooperating Agency role derives from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), which calls on federal, state, and local governments to cooperate with the goal of achieving "productive harmony" between humans and their environment.

The Cooperating Agencies Advisory Group (CAAG) meetings are facilitated by DS Consulting thru Oregon Consensus to reach agreement on public issues thru unbiased facilitation to support diverse groups to share views and craft workable solutions for the RMPs for Western Oregon.

The BLM held the first CAAG meeting for prospective cooperating agencies at the Eugene District Office on July 24, 2012. Attendees met monthly through November 2012, and then decided to change the meeting schedule to a working timeline based on workload, planning needs, and availability. The approximate schedule for the next meeting is discussed tentatively as part of each meeting's agenda and later finalized through coordination with the facilitator.

The CAAG decided in February 2013 to adapt a work group format to better engage their collective knowledge and skill sets on the RMPs for Western Oregon planning project. The work groups are task-focused, meet regularly, and will assist with: alternative development, effects analysis, and outreach. The work groups currently include: Terrestrial, Social-Economic, Tribal, and Riparian-Aquatic.

We believe that by working closely with our state, local, tribal, and federal government partners, we will improve communication and understanding, identify common goals and objectives, and enhance the quality of our management of the public lands.

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date/Time Location
Agenda/Minutes/Handouts
February 20, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
December 19, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
November 13, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
June 24, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
February 14, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
November 15, 2012, 10 am to 3 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
October 25, 2012, 10 am to 4 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
September 27, 2012, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
August 23, 2012, 9 am to 3 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)
July 24, 2012, 1 pm to 4 pm Eugene District Office
Agenda (PDF)

The address for the Eugene District Office is 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite E, Springfield, OR 97477. Each upcoming meeting date and time will be posted as the schedule is determined.

Meeting Materials

Reference Material

In May 2012, the BLM released a Desk Guide to Cooperating Agency Relationships and Coordination with Intergovernmental Partners as a reference for managers and BLM partners in understanding the commitments, roles, and responsibilities of the BLM and cooperating agencies during land use planning and project development. The Desk Guide updates a 2005 guide by incorporating the valuable lessons learned since 2005 as the BLM has completed more than 60 resource management plans and engaged with more than 300 intergovernmental partners at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. It also addresses the changes in the Department regulations in 2008 and the principles of coordination under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and how cooperating agency status can improve efforts to coordinate during land use planning.