UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, DC  20240

December 17, 2010
 
In Reply Refer To:
6400 (171) P

EMS TRANSMISSION 12/21/2010
Instruction Memorandum No. 2011-031
Expires:  09/30/2012

To:
All Washington Office Officials, State Directors and Center Directors
From:
Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships
Subject:
Review of the Draft National Policy Guidance: National Wild and Scenic Rivers
Manual                                                                         DD: 1/28/2011               
 
Program Areas: All programs and offices involved in inventory, evaluation and management of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) requests field review of the attached draft national policy guidance. 

Policy/Action: The draft guidance contains general Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and program direction for the evaluation and management of potential wild and scenic rivers (WSRs) and the management of designated components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (NWSRS). 

States, Districts and Field Offices are encouraged to review and provide comments on this draft guidance.  Each State Office shall consolidate Field comments and submit one set of comments for each state. Please send comments to Dick Fichtler, Project Manager, Wild and Scenic Rivers Manuals in the office of the National landscape Conservation System (WO-171). 

Timeframe:  Comments on the attached guidance is requested by close of business on      January 28, 2011.

Budget Impact:  None.
 
Background:  This draft policy is the first of three manuals that will revise current Bureau policy. The second manual in this series will provide detailed guidance on the inventory, planning, and management of eligible and suitable wild and scenic rivers. The third manual will provide guidance on the management of designated wild and scenic rivers. 
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  8351 – Wild and Scenic Rivers – Policy and Program Direction for Identification, Evaluation and Management.
 
Coordination:  Preparation of this draft manual section was coordinated with , WO-210 (Planning, Assessment and Community Support), WO-220 (Rangelands Resources), WO-230 (Fish, Wildlife & Plant Conservation), WO-240 (Cultural Heritage & Paleontology Resources & Tribal Consultation), and WO-250 (Recreation & Visitor Services). 

Contact:  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dick Fichtler, Project Manager, Wild and Scenic Rivers Manuals, 406-777-7446, or by email at Richard_Fichtler@blm.gov.

 
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Carl Rountree                                                              Robert M. Williams
Director, National Landscape Conservation                Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
    System and Community Partnerships
 
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