Medford District

Record of Decision and

Resource Management Plan


Table of Contents

  Page

Record of Decision

 

1

Table R-1 Summary of Land Use Allocations and Management Action/Direction   9
Table R-2 Summary of Environmental Consequences, Comparison of Alternatives   13
 

Resource Management Plan

   
Introduction   16
Description of the Planning Area   16
Purpose and Need for the Action   16
Relationship of the Resource Management Plan to BLM Policies, Programs, and Other Plans   18
Planning Process Overview   19
Planning Criteria   20
The Resource Management Plan   20
  Introduction   20
  Vision   20
  Strategy   21
  Ecological Principles for Management of Late-Successional Forests   21
  Aquatic Conservation Strategy   22
  Land Use Allocations and Resource Programs   24
    Introduction   24
    Managements Actions/Directions for All Land Use   24
      Survey and Manage Species   24
      Protection Buffer Species   25
    Specific Land Use Allocations   26
      Riparian Reserves   26
      Late-Successional Reserves   32
      Applegate Adaptive Management Area   36
      Managed Late-Successional Areas   38
      Congressional Reserves   38
      Administratively Withdrawn Areas   38
      Matrix   38
    Resource Program Direction   40
      Air Quality   40
      Water and Soil   41
      Wildlife Habitat   44
      Fisheries Habitat   49
      Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species Habitat   50
      Special Areas   56
      Forest Health   62
      Recreation   63
      Wild and Scenic Rivers   68
      Visual Resources   70
      Cultural Resources (Including Native American Values)   71
      Wilderness Study Areas   71
      Timber Resources   72
      Special Forest Products   75
      Energy and Minerals   76
      Socioeconomic Conditions   80
      Land Tenure Adjustments   81
      Rights-of-Way   82
      Access   84
      Withdrawals   84
      Roads   84
      Rural Interface Areas   88
      Fire Management   89
      Livestock Grazing   91
      Noxious Weeds   92
      Hazardous Materials   93
  Coordination and Consultation   93
  Use of the Completed Plan   94
  Adaptive Management   95
  Watershed Analysis   96
  Requirement for Further Environmental Analysis   97
  Management of Newly Acquired Lands   98
  The Budget Link   99
  Monitoring and Evaluation of the Approved RMP   99
  Research   100
     
GLOSSARY   101
ACRONYMS   119
INDEX   121

Figures

1. Adaptive Management Model  

95

Tables

R-1   Summary of Land Use Allocations and Management Action/Direction   9
R-2   Summary of Environmental Consequences, Comparison of Alternatives   13
1.   BLM-Administered Land Within the Planning Area   17
2.   Priority Wildlife Animal Species Habitat Protection   46
3.   Potential Fish Habitat Improvement Projects   50
4.   Acquisition Needs to Improve Watershed Management for Fish Production   51
5.   Special Status Animal Species Management   57
6.   Special Areas   58
7.   Recreation Opportunities   64
8.   Potential Off-Highway Vehicle Designations   67
9.   General Features of Silvicultural Systems for the RMP   74
10.   Oil and Gas Lease Restrictions   77
11.   Geothermal Lease Restrictions   77
12.   Locatable Mineral Restrictions   77
13.   Existing Land Classifications and Withdrawals   85
14.   Management of Identified Rural Interface Areas   88

Appendices

A.   SEIS Record of Decision, and Standards, and Guidelines   125
B.   Rangeland Program Summary   127
C.   Special Status Species, Species to be Protected Through Survey and Manage Guidelines, and Protection Buffer Species   135
D.   Best Management Practices   149
E.   Silvicultural Systems Utilized in the Design of the RMP   179
F.   Medford District Forest Genetics Program   197
G.   Restrictions on Mineral and Energy Exploration and Development Activity   201
H.   Locatable Mineral Surface Management, 43 CFR 3809 Standards for Exploration, Mining
and Reclamation
  213
I.   Guidelines for Development of Saleable Mineral Resources   219
J.   Land Tenure Adjustment Zone 3 Lands   221
K.   Land Ownership Adjustment Criteria   223
L.   Monitoring and Evaluation of the Approved RMP   225

Maps (enclosed map packet)

Map 1 General Location
Map 2 Land Status
Map 3 District Planning Strategy
Map 4 District Planning Strategy (Reserve)
Map 5 Watershed Deferrals
Map 6 Sensitive Soils and Frost Prone Areas
Map 7 Big Game Areas
Map 8 Special Areas
Map 9 Recreation Sites, Trails and Back Country Byways
Map 10 Visual Resource Management Classes
Map 11 Land Tenure Zones
Map 12 Rights-of-Way Corridors and Communication Sites
Map 13 Rural Interface Areas