Wild and Scenic Rivers
Manage designated segments of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System by protecting their Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORV) and maintain and enhance the natural integrity of river related values.
Find important and manageable river segments suitable for designation where such designation would contribute to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Protect Outstandingly Remarkable Values identified on BLM administered lands within the study corridors of eligible river segments studied and found suitable for inclusion as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Provide interim protective management for ORV identified on BLM administered lands along river segments determined eligible but not studied for inclusion as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Manage the natural integrity of river related values to maintain or enhance the highest tentative classification determined for rivers found eligible or studied for suitability.
Land Use Allocations
River Segments Found Suitable for Inclusion in the National System:
See Map 4 for segment locations. The corridor width for rivers found eligible or studied for suitability is generally defined as one-quarter mile on either side of the river (approximately one-half mile wide corridor). Technically these are not land use allocations at this time. If Congress passes legislation to designated them, they will be automatically added to the allocations of the resource management plan.
Several river segments were found eligible but not assessed for suitability. BLM ownership along these segments ranges from less than 1 percent to 14 percent. These segments were placed in interim management and are shown on Map 3-9 and in Table 3-55 (Chapter 3, PRMP/FEIS) and are listed as follows:
Provide interim protective management on BLM administered land within the one-half mile corridor so that no actions would be authorized that would adversely effect the identified Outstandingly Remarkable Values, which resulted in rivers being found eligible/suitable. This interim protective management would also comply with the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. Interim protection on river segments found eligible or suitable for inclusion as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System would include interim protective management for potential segments and would:
Apply the standards set forth in the "Management Guidelines and Standards for National Wild and Scenic Rivers" to segments under interim management.
Exploration and development of locatable minerals would be conducted in a manner that would prevent unnecessary and undue degradation on all river segments designated. Salable mineral development would not be allowed on designated river segments unless the authorized officer determines that impacts from a proposed development are acceptable or can be adequately mitigated. Leasable mineral activities would be subject to a controlled surface use special leasing stipulation.
Upon completion of the ROD for this resource management plan, release from interim protection all river segments found not suitable for inclusion as components of the national system.