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.

Scoping Report

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.

Scoping Period: March 9, 2012 - October 5, 2012

As part of the public scoping process, the BLM held public meetings in Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Salem, Coos Bay, Eugene, and Portland within May and June, 2012. The meeting dates, sign-in sheets and the meeting summaries are available in the links below.

The intent of this document is to identify common themes, issues, and process improvements identified through employee, public, task force and organizational reports and interviews.

Public meetings were held at the following locations:

May 16, 2012 BLM Medford District Office Medford, Oregon 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
May 17, 2012 BLM Grants Pass Interagency Office Grants Pass, Oregon 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
May 23, 2012 Shilo Inn Klamath Falls, Oregon 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
May 24, 2012 BLM Salem District Office Salem, Oregon 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
May 29, 2012 Springfield Public Library Springfield, Oregon 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
May 30, 2012 Coos Bay Public Library Coos Bay, Oregon 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
May 31, 2012 BLM Roseburg District Office Roseburg, Oregon 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
June 5, 2012 Robert Duncan Plaza Building Portland, Oregon 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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.

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