Eugene Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Eugene Record of Decision

Eugene District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

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- Appendices

Management Actions/Direction for All Land Use Allocations and Resource Programs

The land use allocations developed for the SEIS Record of Decision and applicable to BLM administered lands in the Eugene District are Riparian Reserves, Late-Successional Reserves, Adaptive Management Areas, and Matrix.

The SEIS Record of Decision provides management guidance for a specific list of plant and animal species that are or may be found in the major land allocation areas (see Appendix B). In this Resource Management Plan, these species are referred to as "SEIS Special Attention Species." Management guidance is separated into 2 categories: "Survey and Manage" and "Protection Buffers."

All management actions/direction in this RMP are subject to refinement through planning based on watershed analysis and the adaptive management process. In some areas, land use allocations overlap. A hierarchy of allocations and related management actions/direction will be used to guide plan implementation (see Appendix A, Standards and Guidelines).

Land use allocation acres in the text are gross acres (i.e., overlaps with other allocations are not taken out).

Management Actions/Direction -

Survey and Manage Amphibians, Mammals, Bryophytes, Mollusks, Vascular Plants, Fungi, Lichens, and Arthropods

Survey and manage for SEIS Special Attention Species within the range of the species and the particular habitats that they are known to occupy. Appendix B lists which species are covered by this provision, and which of the following 4 categories and management actions/direction are to be applied to each:

1. Manage known sites (highest priority).
  a. Acquire information on these sites, make it available to all project planners, and use it to design or modify activities.
  b. In most cases, protect known sites. For some species, apply specific management treatments such as prescribed fire.
  c. For rare and endemic fungus species, temporarily withdraw known sites from ground-disturbing activities until the sites can be thoroughly surveyed and site-specific measures prescribed.
2. Survey prior to ground-disturbing activities and manage sites.
  a. Continue existing efforts to survey and manage rare and sensitive species habitat.
  b. For species without survey protocols, start immediately to design protocols and implement surveys.
  c. Within the known or suspected ranges and within the habitat types of vegetation communities associated with the species, survey for Red tree voles.

This survey will precede the design of all ground-disturbing activities implemented in 1997 or later.
  d. For the other species listed in Appendix B, begin development of survey protocols promptly and proceed with surveys,as soon as possible. These surveys will be completed prior to ground-disturbing activities that will be implemented in Fiscal Year 1999 or later. Work to establish habitat requirements and survey protocols may be prioritized relative to the estimated threats to the species as reflected in the SEIS.
  e. Conduct surveys at a scale most appropriate to the species.
  f. Develop management actions/direction to manage habitat for the species on sites where they are located.
  g. Incorporate survey protocols and proposed site management in Interagency Conservation Strategies developed as part of ongoing planning efforts coordinated by the Regional Ecosystem Office (REO).
3. Conduct extensive surveys and manage sites
  a. Conduct extensive surveys for the species to find high-priority sites for species management. Specific surveys prior to ground-disturbing activities are not a requirement.
  b. Conduct surveys according to a schedule that is most efficient and identify sites for protection at that time.
  c. Design these surveys for efficiency and develop standardized protocols.
  d. Begin these surveys by 1996.
4. Conduct general regional surveys.
  a. Survey to acquire additional information and to determine necessary levels of protection for arthropods, fungi species that were not classified as rare and endemic, bryophytes, and lichens.
  b. Initiate these surveys no later than Fiscal Year 1996 and complete them within 10 years.

Management Actions/Direction -

Protection Buffers for SEIS Special Attention Species (Amphibians, Nonvascular Plants, Birds, and Mammals)

Provide protection buffers for specific rare and locally endemic species and other species in the upland forest matrix. A list of these species and related management actions/direction are presented in Appendix B and the section on Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species. These species are likely to be assured viability if they occur within reserves. However, there might be occupied locations outside reserves that will be important to protect as well.

Apply the following management actions/direction:

1. Develop survey protocols that will ensure a high likelihood of locating sites occupied by these species.
2. Following development of survey protocols and prior to ground-disturbing activities, conduct surveys within the known or suspected ranges of the species and within the habitat types or vegetation communities occupied by the species. See the previous Survey and Manage section for an implementation schedule.
3. When located, protect the occupied sites.

See Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species section for additional details.

Specific Land Use Allocations

This section describes specific land use allocations developed for the SEIS/ROD.

Two of the allocations in the SEIS/ROD, Congressionally Reserved Areas and Administratively Withdrawn Areas, recognize existing and proposed BLM management. These allocations are fully incorporated in the resource program elements of this RMP. They are not described as separate land use allocations in this document.

There are no areas in the District that are Congressionally Reserved.

The types of administratively withdrawn areas, also known as District Reserves (DDR), are areas that include special resource values such as Bald Eagle Habitat Areas and Relic Forest Islands. These 3,000 acres include 1,821 acres of habitat encompassing Threatened or Endangered plants or animals, 575 acres representing Relic Forest Islands, 1,158 acres of Riparian Reserves, 274 acres of unmapped Late-Successional Reserves for spotted owls, and 187 acres of fragile sites. These acreages commonly overlap, which accounts for why they add up to over 3,000 acres if totaled.

In the Secretary's ROD, DDR are called "Administratively Withdrawn Areas." These areas (DDR) are opportunities where management emphasis precludes scheduled timber harvest and are not included in calculations of Probable Sale Quantity (PSQ).