Plan Documents and Milestones
The BLM is in the process of revising the RMPs for western Oregon. These 2.5 million acres have an important role to the social, economic, and ecological well-being of western Oregon, as well as to the greater American public. On April 24, 2015, the BLM announced the release of the Draft RMP/EIS. The comment period is open for 90 days, until July 22, 2015.
- Reader's Guide (PDF)
- Executive Summary (PDF)
- Draft RMP/EIS Page
- Press Release (PDF)
- RMP Interactive Map
In March 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with the assistance of Oregon Consensus, convened a series of public outreach sessions to connect with the public on BLM's planning process to revise its Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Western Oregon. The goals of the public outreach sessions were to build public awareness about BLM's planning process and provide an opportunity for sharing information during the Public Comment period. This report summarizes the outreach sessions along with valuable input received from the public.
The Planning Criteria provides an in-depth look at guidance, policy, analytical methodology and preliminary alternatives. This document is a look at how the BLM will be analyzing alternatives and moving towards land management plans for western Oregon. A few pieces of the Planning Criteria will appear in the Draft Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement, but the Planning Criteria document just sets the stage for developing the Draft Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
After the draft resource management plan is published later in the planning process, we will explore, with the help of public input, which approach we should take to managing these important resources. If you don't hear an issue you care about discussed here, remember that many additional and important issues will be addressed in the draft plan. The public comment period closed on March 31, 2014.
- Planning Criteria Document (PDF) (File size: 59 MB)
- Planning Criteria Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Planning Criteria Press Release (PDF)
- Preliminary Alternatives Fact Sheet (PDF)
Planning Criteria Comments
The BLM received nearly 2200 comments from members of the public on the RMPs Planning Criteria (PDF). The document provided an in-depth look at guidance, policy, analytical methodology, and preliminary alternatives. The 30-day comment period for the Planning Criteria ran until March 31, 2014. You can download all of the comments by clicking on the links below.
- March 2014 Planning Criteria Public Comments (PDF) - Right-click on link, choose "Save As" and then open the file.
- Planning Criteria Comment Attachments #1 (PDF)
- Planning Criteria Comment Attachments #2 (PDF)
- Planning Criteria Comment Attachments #3 (PDF)
- Planning Criteria Comment Attachments #4 (PDF)
Planning Criteria and the RMPs for Western Oregon Video
The Analysis of the Management Situation for the RMPs for Western Oregon project is used by BLM managers as a snapshot to understand the current status of the BLM resources and management opportunities in western Oregon. The AMS is written to be concise, yet thorough, with an understanding that the data included is considered preliminary and may be revised. Please note: it is not part of a comment or scoping period.
The Purpose and Need Statement for the RMPs for Western Oregon project is being shared for informational purposes to continue the dialogue on the direction of the planning process. Please note: it is not part of a comment or scoping period.
The Summary and Key Findings Report from DS Consulting on the recreation outreach workshops in winter 2013.
Published Scoping Report provides summary of comments received during scoping period.
- Scoping Report (PDF)
On March 9, 2012, BLM initiated the public scoping process for the western Oregon planning effort. The BLM engaged the public for their comments in public meetings across western Oregon and solicited written public comments. The BLM received responses via hard copy, e-mail, or facsimile, and set up a comment form on-line. By October 5, 2012, the BLM had received 584 comment letters. Although the comments covered a broad spectrum of resources that the BLM manages, the three most common were: timber management, recreation, and socioeconomic conditions. The three common themes, collectively, accounted for almost 60 percent of the individual comments.
The Scoping Report for the Resource Management Plans (RMP) for Western Oregon summarizes the public comments received during the scoping period. It is a reflection of what the BLM heard from the public. It does not contain content analysis, or responses to, submitted comments. While the report does not list every comment submitted, all public comments submitted are available on the BLM website. BLM will use the scoping comments to help shape the direction for the next planning steps for the RMPs for Western Oregon.
A copy of the RMPs for Western Oregon Scoping Report can be downloaded here:
While the Scoping Report is not subject to public review, there are future opportunities to provide public comment throughout the planning process in formal public comment periods on certain planning documents. See the Planning Documents page, for more information.
To view the complete list of all scoping comments we received for this effort; please refer to the following document:
Instructions: to review each individual comment letter, click on the "LetterID" number contained in the first column. If the letter you would like to view opens up as a copy of an email with attachments, here are the steps: Right-click on the hyperlink (blue text next to the word Attachments), from the menu select "Open File" and the attachment will open as a .pdf.
Lessons Learned from the 2005-2008 Western Oregon Plan Revisions and Initial Scoping Comment Themes of the 2012 Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon
To gain clarity on best practices and lessons learned, the BLM's Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon team drafted the following report that provides a snapshot of lessons learned from the 2005-2008 Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) effort, and the initial review of scoping comments received during the scoping period for Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon effort.
In the first section, individual reports and interview comments were reviewed and evaluated for common themes. Not all specific comments are highlighted; however, the comments are generally aggregated in the 24 themes divided into five general areas. Please refer to the full reports for more specificity.
The second section provides an initial analysis of common issues from the more than 500 comments received during the March 9 through July 5, 2012 scoping period for the Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon. A Scoping Report was issued in the December 2012.
- Lessons Learned and Initial Scoping Summary document (PDF) - 7 pages
- Lessons Learned and Initial Scoping Summary document as well as the six source documents (PDF) - 206 pages
March 9, 2012
Published NOI announcing new planning effort.
Public Comments: Before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses available for public disclosure in their entirety.