Klamath Falls Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Klamath Falls Record of Decision

Klamath Falls District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

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- Appendices

Appendix B

Summary of Land Allocations and Management

Actions/Directions

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Table R-1. Summary of Land Allocations and Management Actions/Directions

(detailed management direction is described in the Resource Management Plan)


Major Land Allocations1 Acres
Late-Successional/District  
Designated Reserves 1,600
General Forest Management Areas - Matrix  
  West side 23,550
    Late-Succesional/District
Designated Reserve Buffers
2,3003
  East side 8,750
Rangelands2/3  
  West side 46,537
  East side 158,145
Other 4  
  West side 26,080
  East side 155,270
Total 215,520
1 Riparian Reserves underlie all of the allocations/classifications
shown in this table. Overlaps could not be eliminated due to
limitations in the database.

2 Grazing allocations overlap with all of the other land allocations,
including Riparian Reserves. If grazing is found in the future to be
incompatible with the other land allocation objectives, grazing
management will be changed through the processes described in
the plan's grazing appendix.

3 These acres are not included in the total.

4 Includes all woodlands, commercial forest land outside matrix and
LS/DDRs, and non-forest lands.


Water Quality and Riparian Areas   Acres
Riparian Reserves    
West side   19,450
East side   9,100

Management Decision:

Restore and maintain the ecological health of watersheds and the aquatic ecosystems contained within them on public lands through implementation of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy.

Restore or maintain riparian-wetland areas so that 75 percent or more are in proper functioning condition by 1997. Provide livestock forage consistent with the objective of achieving an advanced ecological status, except where resource management objectives, including proper functioning condition, will require an earlier successional stage, thus providing the widest variety of vegetation and habitat diversity for wildlife, fish, and watershed protection.

Old Growth and Mature Habitat   Acres
West Side Management Decision:    
 
Manage 3 percent of the land as Late-Successional/
District Designated Reserves. Manage all Matrix
lands for connectivity and biological diversity across
the landscape.
 
Existing old growth excluded
from timber harvest
  4,526
Existing mature stands excluded
from timber harvest
  4,090
Total forest land excluded from
planned timber harvest
  17,837
Existing old growth managed
for partial retention
  143
Existing mature stands
managed for partial retention
  154
Total forest land managed
for partial retention
  1,257
 
East Side Management Decision5:    
Manage all Matrix lands for connectivity and biological
diversity across the landscape.
 
Existing old growth excluded
from timber harvest
  729
Existing mature stands excluded
from timber harvest
  1,420
Total forest land excluded from
planned timber harvest
  6,561
Existing old growth managed
for partial retention
  67
Existing mature stands
managed for partial retention
  380
Total forest land managed
for for partial retention
  1,292
5 Does not include suitable woodlands (predominately juniper
woodlands), for which no detailed inventory has yet been done.

Table R-1. Summary of Land Allocations and Management Actions/Directions (continued)

(detailed management direction is described in the Resource Management Plan)


Timber   Acres
West Side    
Forest management allocations
(commercial forest land):
   
Intensive   0
Restricted   23,563
Woodlands   0
Enhancement of other uses
or not available (total)
  24,059
 
Practices (assumed average annual
for the first decade):
   
Regeneration harvest uni6   131
(TRIM-PLUS harvest acres)6   (61)
Commercial thinning/density
management /uneven-age
harvest units6
  828
(TRIM-PLUS harvest acres)6   (385)
Site preparation (pile & burn slash)   180
Vegetation control   200
Animal damage control   400
Pre-commercial thinning   50
Brushfield/hardwood conversion   0
Planting/regular stock   300
Planting/genetically selected   100
Fertilization   3
Pruning   16
New road construction (miles/acres)   1/11
ASQ sale quantity (mmbf)   5.917
ASQ sale quantity (mmcf)   1.037
 
East Side
 
Forest management allocations
(commercial forest land):
   
Intensive   0
Restricted   8,766
Woodlands   0
Enhancement of other uses
or not available (total)8
  82,464
 
Practices (assumed average annual
for the first decade):
   
Regeneration harvest units (acres)8   33
Commercial thinning/density
management uneven age
harvest units (acres)
  269
 
Site preparation (pile & burn slash)   70
Vegetation control   25
Animal damage control   15
Pre-commercial thinning   20
Brushfield/hardwood conversion   0
Planting/regular stock   60
Planting/genetically selected stock   15
Fertilization   0
Pruning   13
 
New road construction (miles/acres)   0.7/8
ASQ sale quantity (mmbf)   0.405
ASQ sale quantity (mmcf)   0.085
 
6 See Appendix 4-C of the Final RMP for an explanation of the
difference in acres between actual harvest and TRIM-PLUS
harvest acres.

7 The probable sale quantity shown may vary by plus or minus 40
percent due to changes resulting from further land classification,
stream inventory, and watershed analysis. The acres associated
with timber harvest activities would also vary by plus or minus 40
percent.

8 Includes juniper woodland as available for enhancement of other
uses.

Table R-1. Summary of Land Allocations and Management Action/Directions (continued)

(detailed management direction is described in the Resource Management Plan)


Special Status Species
including Theatened and
Endangered Species Habitat
(Animals and Plants)
  Acres
Management Decision:    
Manage habitats of federal candidate state listed,
state candidate, and Bureau sensitive species on all
BLM-administered land.
   
Implement standards and guidelines for SEIS special
attention species.
   
Acres managed for all federal
candidate category 1 and 2,
state listed, and Bureau
sensitive species
  212,000


Wildlife (including Fisheries)
Habitat
  Percent/Feet
West side    
Leave 120 linear feet of logs per acre greater than or
equal to 16 inches in diameter and 16 feet long.
Seed harvested acres to legumes
and/or grasses (percent)
  up to 40
Wet meadows buffer width (in feet)   150
Seasonal wetlands buffer width (in feet)   150
Cliffs/Talus slopes buffer width (in feet)   100
Dry meadows buffer width (in feet)   100
Wooded swamps buffer width (in feet)   150
 
East Side    
Retain, where available dead and down materials at
approximately 5 tons per acre including 50 lineal feet
of logs per acre greater than or equal to 12 inches in
diameter and 8 feet long.
Seed harvested acres to legumes
and/or grasses (percent)
  up to 40
Wet meadows buffer width (in feet)   150
Seasonal wetlands buffer width (in feet)   150
Cliffs/Talus slopes buffer width (in feet)   100
Dry meadows buffer width (in feet)   100
Wooded swamps buffer width (in feet)   150


Special Areas   Numbers/Acres
Designate New RNA/ACECs   1
Designate New other ACECs9   3
Acres in RNA/ACECs   520
Acres in other ACECs9   7,680
9 An "other area of critical environmental concern" is one that is
not also an research natural area.


Recreation   Number/Acres/Miles
Sites available for recreation
(numbers/acres)
  15-50/450-1220
Open year-round to OHV use (acres)   102,000
OHV use limited (acres)   105,600
Closed year-round to OHV use (acres)   4,300
 
Maintained trails (number/miles)   4-22/8-118
Roads open year-round (miles)   283
Roads with OHV use limited (miles)   150
Roads closed year-round (miles)   44

Table R-1. Summary of Land Allocations and Management Action/Directions (continued)

(detailed management direction is described in the Resource Management Plan)


Wild and Scenic Rivers   Number/Miles
River segments found suitable for designation as:  
  Recreational   0/0
  Scenic10   1/11.0
  Wild   0/0
 
10 The 11 mile segment of the Upper Klamath River was found
suitable for designation as Scenic in both the draft and final
Resource Management Plans. It was designated as Scenic by the
Secretary of the Interior in October 1994. That designation is
currently being litigated by the City of Klamath Falls.


Visual Resources   Acres
Management Decision:    
Manage as VRM Class II all BLM lands within 1/4
mile of developed recreation sites, the Pacific Crest
Trail, Spencer Creek, state scenic waterways and
rivers designated scenic under the National Wild &
Scenic Rivers Act. No less than VRM Class III
management would be provided within 1/4 mile of
rural interface areas and state and federal highways.
The remaining lands would be managed as inventoried.
  Visual Resource Management Class I   0
  Visual Resource Management Class II   33,500
  Visual Resource Management Class III   81,800
  Visual Resource Management Class IV   96,700


Cultural Resources   Acres/Sites
Reserve as Native American
traditional use areas
  4,140/-
Acres nominated to National
Register of Historical Places
  5,000/50
Acres per year requiring cultural survey   4,500/-


Land Tenure   Acres
Management Decision:    
Make land tenure adjustment to benefit a variety of
uses and values. Emphasize opportunities that
conserve Biological Diversity, enhance ecosystem
management or improve management efficiency.
Zone 1 identified for
retention
  186,000
Zone 2 potentially suitable for
exchange only
  3,000
Zone 3 potentially suitable for
sale or exchange
  23,000


Hydroelectric or Alternative
Energy Projects

Management Decision:

Right-of-way application for the Salt Caves hydroelectric project is denied based on the Secretary of the Interior's designation of the Upper Klamath River as Scenic. The outcome of the litigation between the City of Klamath Falls and the Secretary of the Interior could change this decision.

Right-of-way applications for pumped storage or alternative energy projects would be accepted. Approval or denial of the application would depend on site-specific NEPA analysis.

Table R-1. Summary of Land Allocations and Management Action/Directions (continued)

(detailed management direction is described in the Resource Management Plan)


Rights-of-Way   Acres
Rights-of-way avoidance areas   58,080
Rights-of-way exclusion areas   840
 
Access/Withdrawals    
Management Decision:    
Acquire public access to public lands to assist various
programs to meet management objectives.

Protect lands with important resource values and/or
significant levels of investment by withdrawing them
from operation of the public land and mineral laws.

 
Energy and Mineral Management   Acres
Available for oil and gas and
geothermal leasing11
  238,400
Closed to oil, gas and
geothermal leasing
  300
Open to mining claim location
and operation
  229,500
Closed to mining location12   6,400
Available for salable mineral disposal   222,500
Closed to salable mineral disposal   14,800
11 There would be 1,400 acres less of geothermal resources.

12 An additional 1,500 acres closed to non-metalliferous mineral
location throughout all alternatives.

 
Rural Interface Area Management   Acres
Acres considered for alternative
forest management practices
  3,050
Acres where clearcutting and
herbicide spraying excluded
  0
Acres managed for VRM Class II objectives   0
Acres managed for VRM Class III objectives   3,050
Acres where prescribed burning excluded   0
 
Livestock Grazing    
Number of AUMs annually on
95 grazing allotments
  12,978
Construct reservoirs (each)   68
Develop springs (each)   14
Miles of fence to build   58.5
Control competing vegetation (acres)   12,950
 
Road Management    
Construction (miles of road)13   1.7
Limit, as a goal, open road densities to 1.5 miles per
square mile.
13 Annual average construction.

Table R-1. Summary of Land Allocations and Management Action/Directions (continued)

(detailed management direction is described in the Resource Management Plan)


Noxious Weed Control
Follow Noxious Weed Control Final EIS 1986 and
1987. Follow current local plan and environmental
assessment.
 
Hazardous Materials
Eliminate known hazardous materials on BLM-administered lands.
 
Fire   Acres
Per year prescribed burning for site pre-
paration and silvicultural hazard reduction
  250
Per year prescribed burning for wildlife
habitat and forage enhancement
  740
Per year natural and/or artificial
ignition prescribed fire for ecosystem
enhancement
  up to 7,500
Abbreviations used in this table:
ACEC   =   area of critical environmental concern
AUM   =   animal unit month
DRMP   =   draft Resource Management Plan
FLPMA   =   Federal Land Policy and Management Act
MMBF   =   million board feet
MMCF   =   million cubic feet
N/A   =   Not Applicable
O&C   =   Oregon and California
OHV   =   off-highway vehicle
PRMP   =   Proposed Resource Management Plan
PSQ   =   probable sale quantity
ROW   =   right-of-way
RMA   =   riparian management area
RNA   =   research natural area
SEIS   =   Supplemental Environmental Impact
Statement
VRM   =   Visual Resource Management