John Day Basin (RMP/EIS)
United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Planning Bulletin #4
John Day Basin Resource Management Plan Update
The Bureau of Land Management Prineville District is developing a new Resource Management Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for lands managed by the BLM within the John Day Basin in central Oregon. This new plan will revise and consolidate three RMPs that provide current guidance within the John Day Basin: The Two Rivers RMP (1986), the John Day RMP (1985), and the Baker RMP (1989).
The BLM manages about 456,000 acres of public land within the John Day Basin. Of these 44,000 acres were acquired along the North Fork John Day River as authorized by the Oregon Land Exchange Act of 2000. The newly acquired lands along the North Fork John Day and additional information provided by the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project provide the impetus to complete a new, consolidated Resource Management Plan for this area.
Fall of 2006 Publish AMS
2007 Public Meetings (AMS)
Prepare Draft Alternatives
Fall of 2008 Published Draft EIS/RMP
Public Meetings (Draft EIS/RMP)
2009 Respond to comments
Prepare Final EIS & Proposed RMP
Early 2010 Publish FEIS & PRMP
Feb. - March 2010 Protest period (30 days)
March - April 2010 Governor’s Review of FEIS & PRMP
June – July 2010 Publish Record Of Decision/RMP
The complexity of this planning effort, and other factors outside of our control, require an adjustment to the planning schedule. The chart to the right reflects the expected dates for major milestones in the planning effort. (Shading represents completed steps in the journey).
Summary of Public Comment
The Bureau of Land Management Prineville District received 885 letters, emails, and other comments on the draft John Day Basin Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this winter. The planning team has reviewed the comments and is now in the process of refining, correcting, and improving the proposed plan and final EIS. The team also continues working collaboratively with our formal project cooperators and consulting with the BLM Snake/John Day Resource Advisory Council. All your comments, advice, and patience are appreciated as we develop this comprehensive, long-term plan.
Spring Basin Wilderness
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11) was signed into law on March 30, 2009. This Act designated the 6,382-acre Spring Basin Wilderness area, about six miles southeast of Clarno, Oregon.
Pursuant to established BLM policy, a wilderness management plan will be written at a later date. The proposed John Day Basin RMP planning effort will include an interim management plan designed to protect wilderness and resource values until the final wilderness plan is completed. Any specific projects within the wilderness boundary would be subject to additional analyses and public notification and review. Because the Act also contained several Spring Basin-specific land exchange provisions, the BLM will also begin work on appraisals, conducting hazardous material clearances, and other lands realty-related work outside the scope of the RMP. It is anticipated that these land exchanges will be fully completed within two years. Additional information and materials about the legislation are available at the following website: http://energy.senate.gov/public/_fil...usbill2009.pdf
You can find updated information on the project website at http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prin...ans/johndayrmp including: errata information containing corrections to Chapter 3; planning schedule changes; Spring Basin Wilderness Map and Legislated Land Exchange Map; planning area maps and GIS data; the Draft EIS/RMP (published October 2008) and the three land use plans the RMP will replace; the Analysis of the Management Situation; and previous RMP updates. If you have any further questions, please contact the John Day Basin Planning Team at: BLM Prineville District, John Day Basin RMP, 3050 NE Third Street, Prineville, OR 97754; (541) 416-6700; John_Day_Basin_RMP@blm.gov
Thank you Mona. Got the same letter last night.
Most of the planning area will be going to a "limited" classification, with a couple of possible open areas, Rudio Heights, one near Kimberly and the other just out of Mitchell (the town fathers are not really supportive of that one). The one up by Kimberly is just east of Mule Shoe campground and will be a "slick rock" type area. It depends on a plant survey (couple of "sensitive" species) and access issues off the highway for bigger rigs. Would have evreything from mild to "over on your back in a heartbeat" terrain if we can get the area in an open status.
Rudio Heights will have some "triggers" to kick it back to "limited" if things don't work out. Quite a bit of private property and summer cabins in the area.
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