Rural Interface Areas
Consider the interests of adjacent and nearby rural land owners, including residents, during analysis, planning and monitoring related to managed rural interface areas. These interests include personal health and safety, improvements to property, and quality of life. Determine how land owners might be or are affected by activities on BLM-administered lands.
Land Use Allocations
Mapped rural interface areas encompass approximately 36,380 acres of BLM-administered lands within one-half mile of private lands zoned for 1 to 20 acre lots (see map 8 for locations and table 3 for acres by township and range). Areas zoned for 40-acre and larger lots with homes adjacent to or near BLM-administered lands are also considered rural interface areas. They are not mapped in the Western Oregon Digital Data Base.
Work with local governments to:
As a part of watershed analysis and project planning, work with local individuals and groups, including fire protection districts, to identify and address concerns related to possible impacts of proposed management activities on rural interface areas.
Use design features and mitigation measures to avoid or minimize impacts to health, life and property, and quality of life. Examples include different harvest regimes, hand application rather than aerial application of herbicides and pesticides, and hand piling of slash for burning rather than broadcast burning. Monitor the effectiveness of design features and mitigation measures.
Eliminate or mitigate public hazards such as abandoned rock quarries.
Where needed, reduce public use of nonthrough or local roads within rural interface areas and within one-quarter mile of existing dwellings. Gates and other types of traffic barriers such as guardrails, berms, ditches, and log barricades will be used as appropriate. These actions are needed to reduce unauthorized dumping, fire risk, and vandalism to private property.
Where needed, use dust abatement measures on roads during BLM timber harvest operations or other BLM commodity hauling. Encourage and enforce dust abatement measures when haulers use BLM roads under permits and right-of-way agreements.
Where needed, reduce fuel hazards on BLM-administered lands in rural interface areas.