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OREGON - BLM Releases Draft RMP and DEIS for Western Oregon

May 01, 2015 4:59 PM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the release of the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revisions and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register. This announcement kicks off the opening of the public comment period.To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP Revisions and Draft EIS within 90 days following the date

OREGON - BLM Releases Draft RMP and DEIS for Western Oregon

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the release of the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revisions and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register. This announcement kicks off the opening of the public comment period.

To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP Revisions and Draft EIS within 90 days following the date that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes notice of the Draft RMP Revisions and Draft EIS in the Federal Register.

Written comments on proposed Area of Environmental Concern (ACEC) designations must be received within 60 days following the date that the EPA publishes notice of the Draft RMP Revisions and Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, the Web site, and/or mailings.

BRC urges OHVers to review the list below of potential ACECs for important OHV roads and trails. If formally designated, the BLM would close all or part of the following potential ACECs to off-highway vehicle use:

Lower Scappoose Eagle, North Bank, Table Rocks, New River, Hunter Creek Bog, North Fork Hunter Creek, Camas Swale, Cottage Grove Old Growth, Cougar Mountain Yew Grove, Dorena Prairie, Esmond Lake, Ferguson Creek, Fox Hollow, Garoutte Prairie, Grandmother's Grove, Grassy Mountain, Heceta Sand Dunes, Horse Rock Ridge, Jordan Creek, Lake Creek Falls, Lorane Ponderosa Pine, Low Elevation Headwaters of the McKenzie River, McGowan Meadow, Mohawk, Nails Creek, Oak Basin Prairies, Upper Elk Meadows, Upper Willamette Valley Margin, Willamette Valley Prairie Oak and Pine Area, Old Baldy, Spencer Creek, Woodcock Bog, Bear Gulch, Beatty Creek, Bushnell-Irwin Rocks, Callahan Meadows, Myrtle Island, North Myrtle Creek, Red Pond, Tater Hill, Beaver Creek, Crabtree Complex, Forest Peak, Grass Mountain, High Peak--Moon Creek, Little Sink, Lost Prairie, McCully Mountain, Mill Creek Ridge, Molalla Meadows, Rickreall Ridge, Saddle Bag Mountain, Silt Creek, Soosap Meadows, Walker Flat, Waterloo, Williams Lake, Yaquina Head, and French Flat.

In all of the remaining potential ACECs, if formally designated, the BLM would limit off-highway vehicle use to existing or designated roads and trails.

The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to submit comments and participate in the upcoming open houses and workshops:

May 19th: Open house, Roseburg, OR
May 20th: Open house, Eugene, OR
May 21st: Open house, Salem, OR
May 26th: Open house, Klamath Falls, OR
May 27th: Open house, Medford, OR
May 28th: Open house, Coos Bay, OR
June 9th: Socio-economics workshop, Salem, OR
June 10th: Socio-economics workshop, Roseburg, OR
June 11th: Recreation workshop, Roseburg, OR
June 16th: Forest management workshop, Salem, OR
June 17th: Forest management workshop, Medford, OR
June 18th: Recreation workshop, Medford, OR
June 23rd: Riparian workshop, Eugene, OR
June 24th: Recreation workshop, Eugene, OR
June 25th: Recreation workshop, Salem, OR
June 30th: Elected officials workshop, Salem, OR

For more information on the times and locations of public meetings, please visit our website at:
http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/meetings.php

You may submit comments related to the Draft RMP Revisions, Draft EIS, and potential ACECs for Western Oregon by any of the following methods:

Website: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/index.php
Email: BLM_OR_RMPWO_Comments@blm.gov
Fax: 503-808-6021
Mail: BLM--EIS for Western Oregon, 1220 SW. 3rd Avenue,
Portland, OR 97204, or P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208

Copies of the Draft RMP Revisions and Draft EIS for Western Oregon are available at the Oregon State Office at the above address or on the Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/deis.php.

For further information, contact Mr. Mark Brown, RMPs for Western Oregon Project Manager; telephone: 503-808-6233; address: 1220 SW. 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, or P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208; or email at BLM_OR_RMPWO_Comments@blm.gov.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
and collaboration among recreationists.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org

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