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Draft Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Management Plan
Released for Comment

BOISE, ID - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise and Twin Falls Districts have released a Draft Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Management Plan (Draft WMP) for public review and comment. The Draft WMP 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 the wilderness areas. The Draft WMP is designed to guide the management of the wilderness areas and WSR segments for the next 10 years. A public comment period for the Draft WMP will extend through May 31, 2013.

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. It is now BLM’s responsibility to manage these special areas according to the OPLMA and other relevant laws and regulations.

Please use the following formats to get involved.

 Downloadable Document::

https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage¤tPageId=22153

Electronic comments must be emailed by May 31, 2013 to OMA_TRANS_Wild@blm.gov.

Written comments must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2013 and addressed to:

 

BLM, Boise District Office
Attn: John Sullivan, Wilderness Project Lead
3948 South Development Ave.
Boise, Idaho 83705


Public meetings will be held from 5 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the following dates and locations:
 

1. April 9th at the BLM Boise District Office, at the above address.
2. April 10th at the Owyhee County Historical Museum in Murphy, ID.


 

 
 
 

Information regarding these wilderness areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and other planning efforts associated with OPLMA 2009 is available on the BLM’s web page.  Please keep that site bookmarked for updates and for information about how you can be involved in the planning process.