Coordination and Consultation
The implementation of this resource management plan and the overriding SEIS record of decision, calls for a high level of coordination and cooperation among agencies. A formal procedure for interagency coordination has been created by a Memorandum of Understanding for Forest Ecosystem Management that has been entered into by the White House Office on Environmental Policy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency. The memorandum of understanding created several interagency groups, including the Interagency Steering Committee, Regional Interagency Executive Committee, and Regional Ecosystem Office. A detailed description of these groups is included in Attachment A, Section E, Implementation, of the SEIS record of decision.
Consultation under the Endangered Species Act will emphasize an integrated ecosystem approach. This will include involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in all relevant implementation planning, so their views can be made known. Actions proposed to implement this resource management plan will undergo consultation, either formal or informal, as appropriate. Consultation for the northern spotted owl on activities that are consistent with the standards and guidelines of the SEIS record of decision and that would not result in take of a listed species is expected to be informal. If take would result, incidental take statements will be provided through formal consultation.
Concurrent coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on water quality standards and beneficial use requirements of the Clean Water Act will minimize project impacts. Similar coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality and the Forest Service on minimizing impacts of emissions from prescribed burning will occur.
By documents signed April 22, 1980, and December 2, 1986, respectively, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde Community have off-reservation trust resources. These agreements were signed by officials of the state of Oregon, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Department of Justice. The agreements provide certain hunting and fishing rights which may be affected by the management of BLM-administered lands in the Salem District. Consultation with the tribes on a government-to-government basis, to ascertain if any aspect of this resource management plan conflicts with these agreements, has been initiated.