Eugene Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Eugene Record of Decision

Eugene District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

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- Appendices

Fish Habitat


Objectives

See Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.

Maintain or enhance the fisheries habitat potential of streams and other waters consistent with the SEIS/ROD, and with BLM's Fish and Wildlife 2000 Plan, the Bring Back the Natives initiative, and other nationwide direction.

Promote the rehabilitation and protection of at risk native aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate species, including fish stocks and their habitat.

Land Use Allocations

There are no specific land use allocations for the fisheries resource. However, Riparian Reserves, Key Watershed provisions, and timber production capability classifications will assist in meeting fish habitat management objectives.

Management Actions/Direction for Riparian Reserves

Design and implement fish habitat restoration and enhancement activities in a manner that contributes to attainment of Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.

Design, construct, and operate fish interpretive and other user-enhancement facilities in a manner that does not retard or prevent attainment of Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.

Cooperate with Federal, State, and Tribal fish management agencies to identify and eliminate impacts associated with habitat manipulation, fish stocking, harvest,and poaching that threaten the continued existence and distribution of native fish stocks inhabiting Federal lands.

Identify in stream flows needed to maintain riparian resources, channel conditions, and fish passage.

Management Actions/Direction for Late-Successional Reserves

Design projects to improve conditions for fish if they provide late-successional habitat benefits or if their effect on late-successional associated species is negligible.

Management Actions/Direction for All Land Use Allocations

Apply the management actions/direction in the Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species section. Cooperate with appropriate Federal and State agencies in management of species listed as endangered or threatened, or in need of special management.

Use the watershed analysis process to address at-risk fish species and stocks and their habitat for individual watersheds. Where appropriate, fish habitat enhancement opportunities will be identified through this process.

To the extent funding is available, the District will implement the fisheries portion of the District Fish and Wildlife 2000 Plan. The Plan includes recommendations for the restoration and maintenance of habitat for resident and anadromous fish, and incorporates uncompleted projects from BLM's A Five-Year Comprehensive Anadromous Fish Habitat Enhancement Plan for Oregon Coastal Rivers, approved in 1985 and currently being updated. Elements of the fisheries portion of the FW 2000 Plan are summarized in Table 5.

Management of fish populations is a responsibility of the State of Oregon. BLM will continue to support State wild fish policies, and will cooperate with efforts at maintaining fish genetic diversity. Coordinate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Wild Fish Policy during planning and implementation of fish habitat enhancement projects. Priority will be given to watersheds supporting at-risk fish species and stocks and those requiring extensive restoration.

As identified through watershed analysis, rehabilitate streams and other waters to enhance natural populations of anadromous and resident fish. Possible rehabilitation measures would include, but not be limited to, fish passage improvements, in stream structures using boulders and log placement to create spawning and rearing habitat, placement of fine and coarse materials for over-wintering habitat, and riparian rehabilitation to establish or release existing coniferous trees. See Table 5 for a list of possible fish enhancement projects.

Stream channel integrity would be protected during all activities. All large woody debris and snags in the channel and riparian areas adjacent to fishery streams would be retained during routine operations. Riparian reserves will be managed to maintain and restore riparian vegetation communities, including the reestablishment of communities of predominantly large conifers. Stream crossing structures would be installed with the least alteration possible to the channel so that fish passage is not impeded. Debris will be retained in the channel unless it blocks passage in a major anadromous fish migratory route, there is a threat to downstream structures such as bridges, or when it has the potential to cause serious or long-term degradation of the stream channel.

See the Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species section and Best Management Practices (Appendix C) for additional fish habitat management actions/direction and conservation practices.