Lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management will be managed to maintain healthy, functioning ecosystems from which a sustainable production of natural resources can be provided. This management strategy, titled ecosystem management, involves the use of ecological, economic, social, and managerial principles to achieve healthy and sustainable natural systems. Ecosystem management emphasizes the complete ecosystem instead of individual components and looks at sustainable systems and products that people want and need. It is based on the premise that economic health can not be sustained without ecological health.
The building blocks for this strategy are comprised of several major land use allocations - Riparian Reserves, Late-Successional/District Designated Reserves, Adaptive Management Areas (none of which occur in the Klamath Falls Resource Area), Matrix which includes General Forest Management Areas, and Connectivity/Diversity Blocks (none of which occur in the Klamath Falls Resource Area). The Matrix in the Klamath Falls Resource Area is designed to provide connectivity and biological diversity across the landscape rather than in large connectivity/diversity blocks. These land use allocations have differing management direction and are located and configured in the landscape to support overall ecosystem function and to meet the Vision for management of federal lands in Oregon. There are a variety of special purpose management areas such as recreation sites, wild and scenic rivers, and visual resource management areas.
Each land use allocation will be managed according to specific objectives and management actions/direction. During initial implementation of the plan, the stated objectives and management actions/direction will provide the direction and limits governing actions and the principles specifying the environmental conditions or levels to be achieved and maintained. As the BLM gains experience in implementing the plan and applying the concepts of adaptive management, the stated objectives and management actions/direction will be refined for specific geographic areas.
The land use allocations of the Resource Management Plan are shown in Table 1.
Map 3 shows most of the land use allocations of the Resource Management Plan.
There are two major management concepts underlying the objectives and management actions/direction--Ecological Principles for Management of Late-Successional Forests and the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. These concepts are summarized below.