Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Western Oregon
On August 5, 2016, the BLM signed the Records of Decision (RODs) for the Resource Management Plans of Western Oregon. The completion of the RODs marks the end of a four year effort by the BLM to use new science, policies, and technology to protect natural resources and support local communities.
The Resource Management Plans maintain strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources, and offers predictable and sustainable outcomes for local communities by increasing job opportunities, tourism and recreation, and timber harvest. Once these plans are fully implemented, the BLM estimates that it will be able to provide 278 million board feet (mmbf) per year in total timber harvest. Out of 2.5 million acres in the planning area, nearly three-quarters will be protected in reserves for fish, water, wildlife, and other resource values.
Throughout the course of the planning process, the BLM held 41 public meetings, workshops, and forums in western Oregon. The agency received more than 7,000 comments, 4,500 of which were sent in during the formal comment period in 2015. The BLM also worked closely with agencies with regulatory responsibilities, including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop strategies to protect fish, water, and threatened and endangered species
The StoryMap below shares some highlights about what you can expect in the new Resource Management Plans. You'll hear from Ron Dunton, Acting State Director, and see maps, videos, and pictures about community, recreation, water, sustainable forestry, and habitat and wildlife.
You can look at all of our StoryMaps individually by topics on our Topics pages.
To check out new recreation development opportunities under the RMPs, you can download handouts on our Recreation page.
You can read the Biological Assessments and find links to the Biological Opinions on our Consultation page.
To explore BLM lands closest to you, you can visit our Interactive Maps page.