[Federal Register: August 10, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 154)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact
Statement for the Revision of Resource Management Plans of the Western
Oregon Bureau of Land Management Districts
AGENCY: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
ACTION: Notice of Availability.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the
Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Revested Oregon and
California Railroad and Reconveyed Coos Bay Wagon Road Grant Lands Act
(O&C Lands Act), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a
Draft Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(DRMP/DEIS) to revise selected portions of the 1995 Resource Management
Plans (RMPs) for six BLM districts in western Oregon. These revisions
will address the sustained yield timber production provisions of the
O&C Lands Act as well as resource protection provisions of the
Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. The alternatives in the
DRMP/DEIS also comply with the 2003 settlement agreement between the
Secretary of the Interior and the American Forest Resource Council
(AFRC, et al v. Clarke).
DATES: The 90-day public comment period on the DRMP/DEIS will begin the
date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes their Notice of
Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. Comments must be received
on or before the end of the comment period at the address listed below.
Public meetings to gather comments on the DRMP/DEIS will be held in a
number of locations throughout the western Oregon planning area. Public
meetings and any other public involvement activities will be announced
at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media news
releases, newsletter mailings, and on the Western Oregon Plan Revisions
Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/wopr/index.php
ADDRESSES: To request paper or compact disc copies of the document,
contact: the BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions Team, 333 SW. First
Avenue, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, Oregon 97208; fax: (503) 808-6630
(please address fax to: ``Western Oregon Plan Revisions DEIS''). The
DRMP/DEIS may also be accessed on line at: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/wopr/index.php
Copies of the DRMP/DEIS will also be available for
inspection at public libraries and BLM offices in western Oregon.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Hoffmeister, Western Oregon Plan
Revisions Public Outreach Coordinator; telephone (503) 808-6629; or e-
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DRMP/DEIS for the Revision of Resource
Management Plans of the Western Oregon BLM Districts has developed and
analyzed four alternatives (including the No Action Alternative) for
managing approximately 2,550,000 acres of Federal land, mostly revested
Oregon and California Railroad and Coos Bay Wagon Road Grant lands,
within the Western Oregon planning area. BLM has analyzed revision of
six RMPs with this single EIS. The RMPs being revised are the Salem,
Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, and Coos Bay District RMPs and the Klamath
Falls Resource Area RMP in the Lakeview District.
Public comments received during scoping played an important role in
shaping the alternatives, which are described and analyzed in the DRMP/
The No Action Alternative maintains the decisions in the existing
RMPs. Alternative One creates late-successional management areas
similar to the large late-successional reserves in the no action
alternative, applies new criteria for designating the width of riparian
management areas, and provides for intensive forest management on other
Alternative Two designates late successional management areas based
on habitat requirements for the northern spotted owl and marbled
applies new criteria for designating the width of riparian management
areas, and provides for intensive timber management on other areas.
Alternative Three manages most of the land base for timber
production under long (240-360 years, depending on the area) rotations,
or uneven-aged management in fire-prone ecosystems, in order to provide
late-successional habitat across the landscape. Six sub-alternatives,
which are variations of the three action alternatives, are also
The major resource management plan issues include:
Providing a sustainable supply of wood and other forest
products as mandated by the O&C Lands Act, while also meeting other
Providing for conservation of species listed under the
Endangered Species Act.
Contributing to meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act
and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Reducing the risk of wildfire and integrating fire back
into the ecosystem.
The preferred alternative designates 93 of the 124 existing and
potential Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) considered in
detail. Many of the ACECs are also designated Research Natural Areas
(RNA) or Outstanding Natural Areas (ONA).
In the Salem District, 19 existing ACECs are carried forward from
the Salem District RMP: Crabtree Complex RNA/ONA (1,231 acres); Elk
Creek (784 acres); Forest Peak RNA (155 acres); Grass Mountain RNA (930
acres); High Peak--Moon Creek RNA (1,490 acres); Jackson Bend (15
acres); Little Sink (81 acres); Lost Prairie (61 acres); Marys Peak ONA
(353 acres); Middle Santiam Terrace (182 acres); Nestucca River
(1,163); Rickreall Ridge (368 acres); Saddleback Mountain RNA (300
acres); Sandy River Gorge ONA (9,780 acres); The Butte RNA (39 acres);
Valley of the Giants ONA (1,311 acres); Walker Flat (11 acres); Yampo
(13 acres); and Yaquina Head ONA (91 acres). Five existing ACECs are
not carried forward from the Salem District RMP: North Santiam (15
acres); Soosap Meadows (343 acres); White Rock Fen (55 acres); Wilhoit
Springs (133 acres); and Williams Lake (90 acres). Six potential ACECs
are designated: Little North Fork Wilson River (1,822 acres); Marys
Peak B (75 acres); Mill Creek Ridge (114 acres); Molalla Meadows (205
acres); Silt Creek (140 acres); and Waterloo (9 acres). Five potential
ACECs are not designated: Beaver Creek (44 acres); Lower Scappoose
Eagle (179 acres); McCully Mountain (101 acres); Snow Peak (1,667
acres); and Wells Island (73 acres).
In the Eugene District, 9 existing ACECs are carried forward from
the Eugene District RMP: Camas Swale RNA (308 acres); Cottage Grove
Lake RFI (15 acres); Fox Hollow RNA (159 acres); Grassy Mountain (74
acres); Heceta Sand Dunes ONA (210 acres); Horse Rock Ridge RNA (378
acres); Hult Marsh (177 acres); Mohawk RNA (290 acres); and Upper Elk
Meadows RNA (217 acres). Three existing ACECs are not carried forward
from the Eugene District RMP: Coburg Hills RFI (855 acres); Cougar
Mountain Yew Grove (90 acres); and Dorena Lake RFI (18 acres). Six
potential ACECs are designated: Dorena Prairie (8 acres); Esmond Lake
(86 acres); Lorane Ponderosa Pine (104 acres); McGowan Meadow (75
acres); Oak Basin Prairies (223 acres); and Willamette Valley Prairie/
Oak and Pine Area (1,486 acres). Two potential ACECs are not
designated: Low Elevation Headwaters of the McKenzie River (9,765
acres); and Taylor Creek (155 acres).
In the Roseburg District, 8 existing ACECs are carried forward from
the Roseburg District RMP: Bear Gulch RNA (351 acres); Beatty Creek RNA
(864 acres); Bushnell-Irwin Rocks RNA (1,085 acres); Myrtle Island RNA
(19 acres); North Bank (6,162 acres); North Myrtle Creek RNA (453
acres); Red Pond RNA (141 acres); and Tater Hill RNA (303 acres). Two
existing ACECs are not carried forward from the Roseburg RMP: North
Umpqua River (1,791 acres); and Umpqua River Wildlife Area (855 acres).
One potential ACEC is designated: Callahan Meadows (34 acres). Two
potential ACECs are not designated: China Ditch (60 acres); and Stouts
Creek (64 acres).
In the Coos Bay District, 9 existing ACECs are carried forward from
the Coos Bay RMP: Cherry Creek RNA (592 acres); China Wall (302 acres);
Hunter Creek Bog (721 acres); New River (876 acres); North Fork Chetco
(603 acres); North Fork Coquille River (311 acres); North Fork Hunter
Creek (1,757 acres); North Spit (682 acres); and Tioga Creek (42
acres). Two existing ACECs are not carried forward from the Coos Bay
RMP: Upper Rock Creek (472 acres); and Wassen Creek (3,394 acres).
Three potential ACECs are designated: Rocky Peak (1,827 acres); Roman
Nose (205 acres); and Steel Creek (1,381 acres). Two potential ACECs
are not designated: Brownson Ridge (399 acres); and Euphoria Ridge (241
acres). In the Medford District, 18 existing ACECs are carried forward
from the Medford RMP: Bobby Creek RNA (1,915 acres); Brewer Spruce RNA
(1,707 acres); Crooks Creek (147 acres); Eight Dollar Mountain (1,249
acres); French Flat (651 acres); Grayback Glades RNA (1,022 acres);
Holton Creek RNA (421 acres); King Mountain Rock Garden (68 acres);
Lost Lake RNA (387 acres); North Fork Silver Creek RNA (499 acres);
Oregon Gulch RNA (1,051 acres); Pipe Fork RNA (516 acres); Poverty Flat
(29 acres); Rough and Ready (1,189 acres); Round Top Butte RNA (605
acres); Scotch Creek RNA (1,799 acres); Table Rocks ONA (1,244 acres);
and Woodcock Bog RNA (265 acres). Six existing ACECs are not carried
forward from the Medford RMP: Baker Cypress (11 acres); Hole-In-The-
Rock (63 acres); Hoxie Creek (255 acres); Moon Prairie (92 acres);
Sterling Mine Ditch (143 acres); and Tin Cup (83 acres). Five potential
ACECs are designated: Cobleigh Road (261 acres); Dakubetede Wildland
(1,796 acres); East Fork Whiskey Creek (3,188 acres); Pickett Creek (32
acres); and Waldo-Takilma (1,760 acres). Two potential ACECs are not
designated: Long Gulch (1,020 acres); and Reeves Creek (117 acres).
In the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District, 5
existing ACECs are carried forward from the Klamath Falls RMP: Miller
Creek (939 acres); Old Baldy RNA (355 acres); Upper Klamath River
(5,092 acres); Wood River Wetland (3,225 acres); and Yainax Butte (707
acres). Four potential ACECs are designated: Bumpheads (112 acres);
Four Mile Wetland (1,173 acres); Tunnel Creek (72 acres); and Upper
Klamath River Addition (910 acres).
Detailed information on resource use limitations for each ACEC is
contained in Chapter 2 and Appendix M of the DRMP/DEIS.
Comments and information submitted on the DRMP/DEIS, including
names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of respondents, will be
available for public review and disclosure at the above address. Before
including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Edward W. Shepard,
State Director, OR/WA, USDI Bureau of Land Management.
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