Roseburg Pilot Project

"All of the tools are at our disposal. All of the key players are at the table. All of the factors are right. Now it's time for us to get to work and find a way to provide timber for harvest and habitat for the conservation of Federally listed species."
—BLM Director Bob Abbey at the Dialogue on BLM Western Oregon Forest Issues, Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Roseburg Pilot Project has been offered as one landscape among many to serve the needs of the Secretarial Pilot Project (Roseburg District). The objective of this pilot is to demonstrate the ecological and economic merits of the restoration strategy outlined by Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin within the Roseburg District. The project will include the elements of active management proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the recovery of the Northern Spotted Owl. The objective of these pilots is to demonstrate the ecological and economic merits of the restoration strategy outlined by Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin.

Public Scoping

The Roseburg District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun an environmental assessment (EA) for the Roseburg District Secretarial Demonstration Pilot Project. The South River Field Office will be seeking public scoping comments on the project from June 15 to July 15, 2011.

Secretary Salazar Forestry Video

In October 2010, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited southwest Oregon to meet with the Counties, industry, and conservation organizations to discuss concerns related to logging on federal forest lands in western Oregon. This video details the highlights from the visit.

Forestry Pilot Projects

Following up on the December 8, 2010 meeting in Washington, D.C. the BLM committed to immediately develop action plans for both the Roseburg Pilot Project and the Middle Applegate Watershed Pilot Project. Throughout 2011, the BLM, along with Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, held a series of public meetings, workshops, and field trips to discuss the pilot projects and learn more about the principles of ecological forestry. In February 2012, the BLM released a report regarding the Drs. Johnson and Franklin's observations about the Forestry Pilot Projects.


Since the beginning of the Secretarial Pilot Projects last December, there have been many constructive benchmarks that we have recognized and posted to this site. The BLM is now fully immersed in the planning efforts associated with these projects. Now, because the project milestones are more infrequent, we will be posting monthly updates rather than weekly. Pertinent information and documents regarding the pilots will continue to be posted to this site as they become available, so continue checking for news. Thank you for your interest in the pilot project, and be sure to keep this page bookmarked for future updates.