In Reply Refer to:
May 15, 1995
This consolidated document includes both the Record of Decision (ROD) and the Coos Bay District Resource Management Plan (RMP), which was approved by the Oregon/Washington State Director, on May 8, 1995. The ROD approves the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) decisions for managing approximately 329,700 acres in portions of Coos, Curry, Douglas, and Lane counties, in southwestern Oregon.
The ROD was prepared in conformance with Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, part 1505.2, which requires a concise document linking the manager's decision to the analysis presented in the Coos Bay District Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), dated November 1994. The ROD shows how environmental impacts and other factors were considered in the decision-making process. The ROD documents approval and adoption of the proposed Resource Management Plan, as described in the Coos Bay District Proposed Resource Management Plan/ Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS). Minor differences from the FEIS, Volume I, Chapter 2 of the PRMP/FEIS, or points of clarification in land use allocations or management direction have been incorporated in response to public comment on the PRMP/FEIS, as well as ongoing staff review.
It should be noted that the Director of the Bureau of Land Management determined that there were five valid protests on the Coos Bay District PRMP/FEIS. After careful consideration of all points raised in those protests, the Director concluded that the planning team and decision-makers followed the applicable planning procedures, laws, regulations, policies and resource considerations in developing the Proposed Coos Bay District Resource Management Plan. In addition, the Governor of Oregon was provided a formal opportunity to review the proposed plan for conformance with officially approved or adopted natural resource-related plans, programs or policies of the state or local governments. There were no objections from the Governor.
A copy of this document has been sent to all those individuals and groups who were on the mailing list for the PRMP/FEIS. The full supporting record for the approved Coos Bay District RMP is also available for inspection in the District Office, at the address shown above. Copies of draft and final EISs are also available for inspection in the public room on the seventh floor of the BLM Oregon/Washington State Office, 1515 SW Fifth Street Portland, Oregon; and the public libraries in Brookings, Gold Beach, Bandon, Myrtle Point, Coquille, Coos Bay, North Bend, Reedsport, and Powers during normal office hours. Due to the cost of publication and the expected long-term use of these documents, we urge you to retain your personal copies of each of these documents for future reference.
Although this document contains a map packet with critical information on major land use allocations and management prescriptions, some of the maps will require periodic updating as we implement the approved plans, collect and analyze more information and practice adaptive management. In addition, a district map will be developed to provide more detailed information for off-highway-vehicle management designations and made available to the public.
We are pleased to provide this copy for your reference and we extend our appreciation for your interest, cooperation and assistance during this planning process. We encourage you to stay informed and involved as we implement, monitor and evaluate the plan.