John Day Basin Resource Management Plan
Finally, the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan (PDF) is signed! This plan provides our office with guidance for any decision we make for 456,600 acres of public land in the John Day Basin for the next 20 years or so. The RMP directs where all kinds of different types of activities are allowed, restricted or excluded on public lands—from fire management to wildlife management to recreational activities.
One of our most essential decisions in the RMP is an interim travel management plan. We have identified some roads to be closed and others that will be open year round or seasonally. And what that means for you is that, by formally identifying a route, we are committing to operating and maintaining that route as part of our transportation system. But keep in mind, it's not a final transportation management plan. Although the interim plan will be "effective" immediately, we know there may need to be some changes. We want to see how the interim plan works, get public opinion on what works and what doesn't, and identify any needed adjustments. We will hold additional public meetings and get more public input prior to developing a final plan. For additional information on how the plan may change road access in the John Day Basin, please view the May 2012 Question and Answer Sheet (PDF).
Contact us if you have questions or comments: BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov, 541-416-6700, Prineville BLM, 3050 N.E. 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754.