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ACEC Existing - Salem Oregon/Washington BLM

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

ACEC Existing - Salem

ACEC Nomination - Salem District
ACEC Name Acres Designation/
Nomination Values
Meets Relevance Meets Importance ACEC Recommendation Rationale
Crabtree Complex 1,231 RNA cells for
old-growth forest
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. One of the largest remaining old-growth forest areas in the Salem District.
Middle Santiam Terrace 191 Old-growth fir and
hemlock forest at relatively low elevation/river terrace
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Rare old-growth forest
for this area; important thermal cover for wildlife.
North Santiam 15 Alluvial forest used
by herons; large cottonwoods and conifers
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis.. Alluvial forest
provides potential nesting for heron and other birds.
Sandy River Gorge 9,797 A wild, glacial river
with several National Register Historic sites.
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Scenic, deep gorges;
runs of wild salmon and steelhead and several National Register Historic
sites.
Soosap Meadows 343 Diversity of plant and
natural ecology of subalpine meadows.
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Only large,
undisturbed expanse of natural Cascadian subalpine meadows in the Salem
District. Valuable for educational and scientific purposes.
White Rock Fen 55 Wetlands and bogs Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis Bogs are unique to
region.
Wilhoit Springs 132 Undisturbed old-growth
forest.
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis A rare pristine stand
of low elevation old-growth forest; contributes to RNA cell need.
Williams Lake 89 Plant community is unique and fragile Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Unique plant
community.
Forest Peak 155 Unique botanical
values
No No Dropped from consideration. Existing RNA; unique botanical values.
Grass Mountain 930 Noble fir in Coast
Range.
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Existing RNA. Southern
most extent of noble fir in Coast Range.
Little Grass Mountain 80 Grass bald, scenic
vistas
No No Dropped from consideration. No specific quality
that sets it apart from other grassy balds.
Little Sink 80 Unique botanical &
geological values
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Existing RNA. Unique
botanical and geological values.
Lost Prairie 61 Diverse vegetation,
federal candidate plants, bog (rare for Coast Range)
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. One of the most unique
botanical areas in the Coast Range.
Marys Peak

75

Scenic, botanical and recreational area Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Unique botanical
areas, including old-growth noble fir and spotted owl habitat.
Rickreal Ridge 368 Botanic diversity Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Botanic diversity.
Saddleback Mountain 300 RNA cell for pacific
silver fir
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. RNA cell for Pacific
silver fir.
Logsden 40 Isolated old-growth
stand
No No Recommend for further analysis. Largest contiguous stand of old growth in northern Oregon Coast Range.
Willamette River Parcels 88 Island habitats part
of eco old-growth forest.
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Representative
Willamette Valley floodplain flora and diverse plant and wildlife
populations.
Yaquina Head 91 Historic lighthouse, use by migratory wildlife, scenic view Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Designated Outstanding Natural Area (ONA). One of the most highly
visited areas of the Oregon Coast Historic lighthouses.
Elk Creek Bald Eagle 785 Bald eagle and marbled murrelet. Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. One of a small number of existing Marbled Murrelet sites for entire
Oregon Coast.
High Peak-Moon Creek 1,491 RNA cell for plant
communities and natural process in western hemlock/Douglas fir forest.
Yes Yes Recommend for further analysis. Known Northern Spotted
Owl and Marbled Murrelet site and important anadromous fish stream. RNA
cell for plant communities and natural process in western/Douglas fir
forest.
Nestucca River 1,163 Fisheries and visual
resource values, plus recreation experiences
Yes Yes Recommend for further
analysis.
Designated state
scenic waterway and BLM backcountry byway; eligible for inclusion in
national wild & scenic river system (recreational)
Sheridan Peak 316 Poa marcida No No Dropped from
consideration.
Poa marcidais no longer listed as a special status species and is not more than locally important.
The Butte 40 Valley margin plant
communities
Yes Yes Recommend for further
analysis.
RNA; site of Cimicifuga population (BLM sensitive species)
Walker Flat 10 Sidalcea nelsonia as ESA threatened species Yes Yes Recommend for further
analysis.
Site of Sidalcea nelsonia population (ESA threatened species).
Yampo 13 Botanical valley bottom plant community; BLM sensitive species: Cimicifuga and Lathyrus Yes Yes Recommend for further
analysis.
Large Cimicifuga population (BLM sensitive species); site of rare Lathyrus population.