The Birch Creek Historic Ranch on the Owyhee Wild and Scenic River, Oregon, photo by Larry Moore, BLM

What We Manage in Oregon/Washington

The Bureau of Land Management administers a variety of landscapes for multiple use over more than 16 million acres of public land in Oregon and Washington.

These lands host complex natural systems that provide habitat to thousands of plant and animal species and are managed to overall promote landscape health.

The landscape managed by the Oregon and Washington BLM is diverse. These lands are a mix of the heavily forested lands west of the Cascades and the dry, sage-brush ecosystems of the Great Basin.

These public lands support many uses, including recreation, wildlife and wilderness protection, timber harvesting, livestock foraging and mineral extraction.

Washington’s BLM managed public lands are concentrated east of the Cascades, in the highlands of northeastern Washington along the Canadian border, and in the San Juan Islands in the northern Puget Sound.

Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Study Areas can be found on each side of the Cascade Mountain Range--including the nearly 10,000-foot Steens Mountain. These include world-class fisheries like the Owyhee River and whitewater rafting destinations like the Rogue River.

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