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:
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:
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:
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.