Eugene Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Eugene Record of Decision

Eugene District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

- Tables

- Maps

- Appendices

Resource Management Plan


The Resource Management Plan was developed partially in response to public comments related to the Bureau of Land Management's August 1992 Draft Resource Management Plans for western Oregon. In addition, the plan incorporates the land use allocations and management direction from the SEIS/ROD.

Finally, the plan was (slightly) modified in response to public comments and protests on the September 1994 proposed resource management plans for western Oregon.

The approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) incorporates the following nonsubstantive changes from the Proposed RMP:

  • Language revisions intended to clarify some management direction.

  • Language revisions intended to tighten the link between the approved RMP 1994 and the Record of Decision for Amendments to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Planning Documents Within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl and Standards and Guidelines for Management of Habitat for Late-Successional and Old-Growth Forest Related Species Within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl.

  • Revisions that incorporate guidelines issued by the Regional Ecosystem Office (REO) since the issuance of the 1994 Record of Decision named above. Such guidelines may clarify or interpret the 1994 Record of Decision.

Vision

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will manage the natural resources under its jurisdiction in western Oregon to help enhance and maintain the ecological health of the environment and the social well-being of human populations.

There are several basic principles supporting this vision:

  • Natural resources can be managed to provide for human use and a healthy environment.

  • Resource management must be focused on ecological principles to reduce the need for single resource or single species management.

  • Stewardship, the involvement of people working with natural processes, is essential for successful implementation.

  • The BLM cannot achieve this vision alone but can, by its management processes and through cooperation with others, be a significant contributor to its achievement.

  • A carefully designed program of monitoring, research, and adaptation will be the change mechanism for achieving this vision.

Strategy

Lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management will be managed to maintain healthy, functioning ecosystems, from which a sustainable production of natural resources can be provided. This management strategy, referred to as ecosystem management, involves the use of ecological, economic, social, and managerial principles to achieve healthy and sustainable natural systems. Ecosystem management emphasizes the complete ecosystem instead of individual components and looks at sustainable systems and products that people want and need.

The building blocks for this strategy are comprised of several major land use allocations: Riparian Reserves; Late-Successional Reserves; Adaptive Management Areas; and Matrix that includes General Forest Management Areas (GFMA) and Connectivity/Diversity Blocks. These land use allocations have differing management direction and are located and configured in the landscape to support overall ecosystem functioning and to meet the vision for management of Federal lands in western Oregon. Other land use allocations that also support this vision are a variety of special purpose management areas such as recreation sites, Wild & Scenic Rivers (W&SR), and Visual Resource Management (VRM) areas.

Each land use allocation will be managed according to specific objectives and management actions/direction. During initial implementation of the plan, the stated objectives and management actions/direction will provide the direction and limits governing actions and the principles specifying the environmental conditions or levels to be achieved and maintained. As BLM gains experience in implementing the plan and applying the concepts of adaptive management, the stated objectives and management actions/direction will be refined for specific geographic areas.

The major land use allocations of the Resource Management Plan are as follows:

Major Land Allocations Acres1
Late-Successional Reserves   136,500
AMA2 (Matrix)   16,200
GFMA3   100,400
Connectivity/Diversity Blocks   58,000
Other4   3,000
Total   314,100
1There are 172,900 acres of Riparian Reserves underlying all of the allocations shown in this chart. Overlaps could not be eliminated due to limitations in the database. There are no overlaps in the other acres.
2AMA = Adaptive Management Area
3GFMA = General Forest Management Area
4District Designated Reserves (DDR)

There are 2 major management concepts underlying the objectives and management actions/direction - Ecological Principles for Management of Late-Successional Forests, and the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. These concepts are summarized below. A summary of all land allocations and management actions/direction is presented in Table 1.

Maps of RMP land use allocations are located in the accompanying map packet. (Riparian Reserves are not mapped.