Example of Incorporation by Reference
Last Page Update: July 29, 2010
[The paragraphs shown below are taken from the “Upper Siuslaw Late-Successional Reserve Restoration Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement ” (July, 2003). It is one example of how an office incorporated by reference several overarching analyses, thereby reducing redundancy between documents. Note that the authors identified specific sections of the documents they incorporated into the current analysis and provided a summary description of the incorporated material.]
Several documents have analyzed the affected environment of the planning area. The Northwest Forest Plan FSEIS analyzed the regional ecosystem within the range of the northern spotted owl (USDA and USDI February 1994). The Northwest Forest Plan FSEIS relied in part on the report titled Forest Ecosystem Management: An Ecological, Economic, and Social Assessment (the FEMAT Report, USDA Forest Service et al. 1993), which was included as an appendix to the Northwest Forest Plan FSEIS. The FEMAT Report and the Northwest Forest Plan FSEIS describe the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem conditions across the region, with particular emphasis on the amount and condition of existing late-successional forest; the ecological role of late-successional forests; and watershed conditions and processes. Those portions of Chapters 3&4 of the Northwest Forest Plan FSEIS (including the FEMAT Report attached in Appendix A) that describe terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem conditions and processes are incorporated here by reference.
The EIS for the Eugene District RMP (RMP EIS) further describes terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem conditions and processes for ecosystems typical of the Eugene District (USDI BLM 1994, pp. 3-14 - 3-62) and describes in detail special areas and special status species within the Eugene District (USDI BLM 1994, pp. 3-62 - 3-98). The RMP EIS also describes resource programs and facilities within the Eugene District (USDI BLM 1994, pp. 3-99 - 3-121) and the existing economic and social conditions in the general area (USDI BLM 1994, pp. 3-121 - 3-131). Those portions of Chapters 3 of the RMP EIS that describe the affected environment are incorporated here by reference.
The LSR Assessment details terrestrial ecosystem conditions and processes within LSR 267 and LSR 268, with particular emphasis on forest stand development and existing late-successional forest conditions (USDA and USDI 1997, pp. 8-20, 47-66). The LSR Assessment stresses the importance of the planning area for dispersal of species associated with late-successional forests (USDA and USDI 1997, p. 30). The LSR Assessment also includes a Fire Management Plan for the planning area (USDA and USDI 1997, Appendix A). The Siuslaw Watershed Analysis details terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem conditions and processes within the Siuslaw River fifth-field watershed (USDI BLM 1996). The Siuslaw Watershed Analysis includes a stream-by-stream analysis of current fish habitat conditions (USDI BLM 1996, pp. II-38 - II-47). The LSR Assessment and Siuslaw Watershed Analysis are incorporated here by reference.
Since the LSR Assessment and Siuslaw Watershed Analysis were completed, BLM has conducted some additional surveys, analysis, and management actions in the planning area. This new information, which is summarized below, is not significant relative to the analytical conclusions or recommendations in the LSR Assessment or Siuslaw Watershed Analysis and is not significant relative to the decisions in the RMP. Therefore, there is no need to conduct an additional LSR Assessment or an additional iteration of the watershed analysis, and there is no need to consider an RMP amendment for Late-Successional Reserve or aquatic management at this time.