Rural Interface Areas
Consider the interests of adjacent and nearby rural landowners, including residents, during analysis, planning, and monitoring related to managed Rural Interface Areas (RIA). These interests include personal health and safety, improvements to property,and quality of life. Determine how landowners might be or are affected by activities on BLM administered lands.
Land Use Allocations
Managed Rural Interface Areas encompass approximately 6,800 acres of BLM administered land within one-quarter mile of private lands zoned for 1-5 acre or 5-20 acre lots located throughout the District (refer to Table 11 for acres, and Map 2-16 in the PRMP/FEIS for locations).
Work with local governments to (1) improve the BLM database regarding private land planning/zoning designations and residential development near BLM administered land; (2) provide information to local planners regarding BLM land allocations in RIAs and the management objectives and guidelines for these lands; (3) develop design features and mitigation measures that will minimize the possibility of conflicts between private and Federal land management; and (4) monitor the effectiveness of design features and mitigation measures in RIAs.
As a part of watershed analysis and project planning, work with local individuals and groups, including fire protection districts, to identify and address concerns related to possible impacts of proposed management activities on Rural Interface Areas.
Use design features and mitigation measures to avoid/minimize impacts to health, life and property, and quality of life. Examples include different harvest regimes, hand application rather than aerial application of herbicides and pesticides, and hand piling slash for burning as opposed to broadcast burning. Monitor the effectiveness of design features and mitigation measures.
Eliminate or mitigate public hazards.
Manage RIA using VRM Class III standards (unless an area is classified as VRM Class II). This will allow moderate levels of change to the landscape without dominating the view of the casual observer.
Use dust abatement measures on roads during BLM timber harvest operations or other BLM commodity hauling. Encourage and enforce dust abatement measures when haulers use BLM roads under permits and right-of-way agreements.
Reduce natural fuel hazards on BLM administered lands in Rural Interface Areas.
Forest management practices may be constrained within RIA as follows: