Klamath Falls Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Klamath Falls Record of Decision

Klamath Falls District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

- Tables

- Maps

- Appendices

Land Tenure Adjustments


Objectives

Make land tenure adjustments to benefit a variety of uses and values. Emphasize opportunities that conserve biological diversity, enhance ecosystem management, or improve management efficiency.

Meet the following objectives for the three land tenure adjustment zones:

  • Zone 1: generally, retain these lands under BLM administration.
  • Zone 2: "block up" areas in Zone 2 with significant resource values and exchange other lands in Zone 2 to "block up" areas in Zones 1 and 2 with significant resource values.
  • Zone 3: retain lands with unique resource values; dispose of other lands in this zone using appropriate disposal mechanisms.

Make BLM-administered lands in Zones 1, 2, and 3 available for a variety of uses as authorized by section 302 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, and special recreation permits.

Manage newly acquired lands for the purpose for which they are acquired or consistent with the management objectives for adjacent BLM-administered lands. If lands with unique or fragile resource values are acquired, protect those values until the next plan revision.

Eliminate unauthorized use of BLM-administered land.

Land Use Allocations

See Map 11 for location of land tenure zones. See Appendix I for legal descriptions of Zone 3 lands.

Management Actions/Direction

All Land Use Allocations

Use the land tenure adjustment criteria shown in Appendix I when conducting environmental analyses for site-specific proposals. Application of these criteria may result in retention of some Zone 2 or 3 lands.

Maintain or increase public land holdings in Zone 1 by retaining public lands and acquiring nonfederal lands with high public resource values. The primary mode of acquisition will be through exchange of BLM-administered lands in Zones 2 and 3. Utilize purchases and donations if exchange is not feasible.

Consult with county governments prior to any land exchange.

Consider the effect of land tenure adjustments on the mineral estate. If the lands are not known to have mineral potential, the mineral estate will normally be transferred simultaneously with the surface estate.

Minimize impact on local tax base by emphasizing exchanges rather than fee purchase.

Make exchanges to enhance public resource values and/or improve land patterns and management capabilities of both private and BLM-administered land within the planning area by consolidating ownership and reducing the potential for land use conflict.

Consider transfer of BLM-administered land to other Federal agencies or acquisition of other federal lands where consistent with public land management policy and where improved management efficiency will result.

Consider conveying the subsurface mineral interest owned by the United States to the existing or proposed owner of the surface estate consistent with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act Section 209(b).

Prohibit disposal of Zone 2 lands through sales under Section 203(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Zone 2 lands may be transferred to other public agencies or managed under some form of cooperative agreement. Zone 2 lands will generally remain under BLM administration.

Dispose of Zone 3 lands through sale under Section 203(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act if no viable exchange proposals can be identified. Zone 3 lands could also be transferred to another Federal agency or state or local government as needed, to accommodate community expansion or other public purposes.

Riparian Reserves

Use land acquisition, exchange, and conservation easements to meet Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives and facilitate restoration of fish stocks and others species at risk of extinction.

Late-Successional/District Designated Reserves

Consider land exchanges when they will provide benefits equal to or better than current conditions.

Consider land exchanges especially to improve area, distribution, and quality (for example, connectivity, shape, and contribution to biodiversity) of Late-Successional/District Designated Reserves and where public and private lands are intermingled.