Eugene Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

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Appendix J
Land Tenure Adjustment Criteria


Adjustment Evaluation Factors

In accordance with FLPMA and other laws, Executive Orders, and Departmental and Bureau policy, the following factors will be considered in evaluating opportunities for disposal or acquisition. This list is not considered all inclusive but represents the major factors to be considered.

Threatened or Endangered or Sensitive plant and animal species habitat
Riparian areas and wetlands
Fish habitat
Nesting/breeding habitat for game and non-game animals
Key big game seasonal habitat
Contribution to biodiversity
Developed recreation sites and recreation use areas
High quality scenery
Timber production potential
Energy and mineral potential
Land adjacent to rivers eligible for designation under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Significant cultural resources and sites eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places
Accessibility of the land for public recreation and other uses
Amount of public investments in facilities or improvements and the potential for recovering those investments
Difficulty or cost of administration (manageability)
Suitability of the land for management by another Federal agency
Significance of the decision in stabilizing business, social and economic conditions, and/or lifestyles
Whether private sites exist for the proposed use
Encumbrances, including but not limited to, withdrawals or existing leases or permits
Consistency with cooperative agreements and plans or policies of other agencies
Suitability (need for change in land ownership or use) for purposes including but not limited to community expansion or economic development, such as industrial, residential, or agricultural (other than grazing) development

Acquisition Criteria

General Criteria for Acquisition

  1. Facilitate access to public land and resources retained for long-term public use.
  2. Maintain or enhance important public values and uses.
  3. Facilitate National, State, and local BLM priorities or mission statement needs.
  4. Facilitate implementation of other aspects of the approved Resource Management Plan.
  5. Maintain or enhance local social and economic values in public ownership.
  6. Meet long-term public land management goals as opposed to short-term.
  7. Be of sufficient size to improve use of adjoining public lands or, if isolated, large enough to allow identified potential public land use.
  8. Enhance the opportunity for new or emerging public land uses or values.
  9. Contribute to a wide spectrum of uses or large number of public land users.
  10. Facilitate management practices, uses, scales of operation, or degrees of management intensity that are viable under economic program efficiency standards.
  11. Secure for the public significant water related land interests. These interests will include islands, lake shore, river or stream frontage, or ponds.
  12. Contribute to increased biodiversity at the local or regional level.
  13. Facilitate the recovery of threatened and endangered species.
  14. Riparian areas.
  15. Important wetland areas.

Program Specific Acquisition Criteria

Forestry: Focus acquisition priority on areas that are:

  1. Site Class IV or above unless the area will enhance the management of adjacent forest lands.
  2. Contiguous to, or which facilitate access to and management of public forest land.
  3. Contain enough existing harvestable volume for a commercial logging unit after physical, biological, or other land use constraints are considered.
  4. Have minimum conflicts with other resource programs and rural residences.
  5. Parcels with existing, well-maintained road systems have higher priority than unroaded parcels or parcels with roads in poor condition. Parcels with existing surveys have a higher priority than parcels requiring large amounts of surveying per acre of commercial forest land.

Minerals: Focus acquisition priority on areas that:

  1. Consolidate Federal mineral estate to create economic mineral development units.
  2. Reunite split surface and mineral estates.

Cultural Resources: Any cultural site to be acquired should meet the following standards: high research value, moderate scarcity, possess some unique values such as association with an important historic person or high aesthetic value, or contribute significantly to interpretive potential of cultural resources already in public ownership.

Wildlife Habitat Management: Areas for acquisition will be lands with significant wildlife values as defined below. These areas may be of any size.

1. Special Status Species.
  a. Federally Listed Threatened or Endangered species.
  b. Federal Candidate species.
  c. State Listed species of special concern.
2. Fisheries.
  a. Riparian lands with potential to protect or enhance anadromous fisheries.
  b. Lakes, ponds or other impoundments important for anadromous or non-anadromous fisheries.
3. Big game: Important habitat such as crucial winter areas, fawning/calving areas, mineral licks, and security/cover areas.
4. Upland Game Birds, Migratory Birds and Waterfowl: Crucial breeding, nesting, roosting, feeding, and wintering habitat areas or complexes.
5. Raptors: Existing and potential nesting areas for sensitive species or significant nesting complexes for nonsensitive species.
6. Nongame: Crucial habitat complexes; buffers to enhance management of special habitat features and crucial wildlife habitats, including critical habitats for threatened and endangered species.
7. Biodiversity: Contribute to increased connectivity of important wildlife habitats.

Botanical and Special Area Management: Areas for acquisition will be lands with significant botanical or other biological values as defined below. These areas may be of any size.

1. Special Status Species.
  a. Federally Listed Threatened or Endangered species.
  b. Federal Candidate species.
  c. State Listed species of special concern.
2. Unique or rare biological communities.
3. Buffers for protection of existing special areas.

Recreation: Acquire land with the following significant values:

1. National values that enhance Congressionally designated areas, rivers, or trails.
2. State values that enhance recreation trails and waterways for interstate, State, and multi-county use.
3. Local values for extensive use, such as hunting, fishing, and OHV use.
4. Lands that expand, protect, or buffer existing or potential developed recreation sites.

Disposal Criteria: Parcels of BLM land are identified for disposal through exchange under the authority of Section 206 of FLPMA. The management objective is to use the disposal parcels to meet the acquisition goals for each alternative. The following criteria will be used to identify parcels in Land Tenure Zones 2 and 3 for disposal by exchange:

1. Lands of limited public value.
2. Widely scattered parcels that are difficult for BLM to manage and have no significant resource values warranting retention.
3. Lands with high public values proper for management by other Federal agencies or State or local government.
4. Lands that would aid in aggregating or repositioning other public lands or public land resource values in retention areas to facilitate National, State, and local objectives where the public values to be acquired outweigh the values to be exchanged.

Each parcel used in an exchange is subject to certain reviews before disposal can be approved: State and local government agency consultations, hazardous waste surveys, wildlife and threatened/endangered species evaluations, cultural and mineral clearances, and reports. The results of the evaluations and reports are included in an Environmental Assessment. Parcels are removed from disposal consideration if the consultations, clearances, reports, or Environmental Assessment show any resource values worthy of permanent Federal retention.