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Final Wilderness and Wild &Scenic River Management Plan
April 10, 2014

BOISE, ID - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise and Twin Falls Districts have signed the Record of Decision for the Final Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River Management Plan (OWMP) and Environmental Assessment. The OWMP addresses six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river (WSR) segments located in Owyhee County, Idaho. Designated by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (OPLMA) of 2009, the wilderness areas comprise approximately 518,000 acres and the WSR segments approximately 325 miles.

Due to their proximity, comparable natural and cultural resources, and similar management issues, the BLM completed one plan to address all six wilderness areas, as well as the 16 WSR segments that are located almost entirely within those wilderness areas. The OWMP is designed to guide the management of the wilderness areas and WSR segments for at least the next 10 years.

The Wilderness and WSR designations are the result of a grassroots effort called the Owyhee Initiative. Local ranchers, county representatives, environmental and conservation groups, outfitters, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe, and others worked collaboratively for several years to develop an agreement addressing longstanding public lands issues in southwestern Idaho. This agreement served as the impetus for Congressional designation of the six wilderness areas and 16 WSR segments. The Final OWMP was published after considering over 10,000 comments on the Draft Plan.  The Final OWMP outlines BLM’s responsibility to manage these special areas according to the OPLMA and other relevant laws and regulations.

The Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment and associated documents  can be accessed online at the Documents link on the left.

 
 
 

Information regarding these wilderness areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and other planning efforts associated with OPLMA 2009 is also available on the BLM’s web page.  Please keep this site bookmarked for updates and information.