Land Use Allocations and Resource Programs
This section provides a description of objectives, land use allocations, and management actions/direction for this RMP. The term "land use allocations" is used in two ways. First, it pertains to the major land use allocation categories derived from the SEIS and its ROD (e.g., Riparian Reserves and Late-Successional Reserves) and the still relevant allocations of the Coos Bay District Draft Resource Management Plan. The second use pertains to data and text describing specific allocations (e.g., acres, miles, and number of sites) under each land use allocation and resource program category.
The rest of the Land Use Allocation and Resource Program section has two major parts:
Although described separately, each of these elements contributes collectively and cumulatively to meeting the overall management strategy and must be considered together to accurately reflect the concept of ecosystem management. There is some duplication of objectives and management actions/direction for land use allocations and resource programs. This duplication, however, enables a reader interested in either topic to find a basic package of related management guidance in one location.
All management actions/direction in this RMP are subject to refinement through planning based on watershed analysis and the adaptive management process. In some areas land use allocations overlap. A hierarchy of allocations and related management actions/direction will be used to guide plan implementation (see the SEIS ROD, Appendix B).
Most resource programs have basic requirements for activities such as inventory, site-specific analysis, planning, and environmental assessment prior to project implementation and monitoring after project implementation. Inherent in the RMP is a BLM commitment to continue these activities in the future. For the sake of simplifying text, these activities are generally not repeated in the management actions/direction that follow.
Major Land Use Allocations
The land use allocations developed for the SEIS ROD and applicable to BLM-administered lands in the Coos Bay District are Riparian Reserves, Late-Successional Reserves, and Matrix.
Two of the allocations in the SEIS RODCongressionally Reserved Areas and Administratively Withdrawn Areasare simply recognition of valid resource management decisions in existing or proposed plans. These allocations are fully incorporated in the resource program elements of this proposed resource management plan. They are not described as separate land use allocations in this document.
The following areas in the district are Congressionally Reserved:
The types of Administratively Withdrawn areas in the district are:
Land use allocations in the text are gross acres (i.e., overlaps with other allocations have not been removed).
The SEIS ROD provides management guidance for a specific list of plant and animal species which are, or may be found in the major land use allocation areas (see Appendix C). In this RMP, these species are referred to as "SEIS Special Attention Species". Management guidance is separated into two categories "Survey and Manage" and "Protection Buffers".
Survey and Manage for Amphibians, Mammals, Bryophytes, Mollusks, Vascular Plants, Fungi, Lichens, and Arthropods
Implement the survey and manage provision of the SEIS ROD within the range of SEIS special attention species and the particular habitats they are known to occupy. Table C-1 in Appendix C shows which species are covered by this provision, and which of the following four categories and management actions/direction are to be applied to each:
Provide protection buffers for specific rare and locally endemic species and other species in the upland forest matrix. A list of these species and related management actions/direction are presented in Table C-1 of Appendix C and the section on Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species and Habitat. These species are likely to be assured viability if they occur within reserves. However, there might be occupied locations outside reserves that will be important to protect as well.
Apply the following management actions/direction:
See Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species and Habitat section for additional details.