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Art Waugh 05-26-2010 01:07 PM

Lakeview RMP Ammendment
BLM is doing a RMP (Resourse Management Plan) ammendment for the Lakeview, OR District. The Primary things under consideration, due to lawsuit, are:

Consider information from wilderness charecter inventory updates
Consider a reasonable range of OHV allocation/desigination alternatives
Consider a reasonable range of grazing management alternatives.

They will also address some cave management, develop a TMP, develop a recreation area management plan for the North Lake Special Recreation Management Area, and new utility corridor designations.

Public meetings and open houses for scoping are as follows:

May 26th, 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Burns District Office, Confeence Room, BLM, 28910 Highway 20 West,Hines OR

May 27th, 5:00 to 7:30 PM,Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District Office, East/West Conference Room, USFS, 1230 NE 3rd Street, Suite A-262, Bend, OR

May 28th, 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Christmas Valley Community Hall, 87345 Holly Lane, Christmas Valley, OR

June 2nd, 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland OR

Comments may also be sent to :

Thomas E. Rasmussen
Lakeview Resourse Area
Bureau of Land Management
1301 South G Street
Lakeview, OR 97630

Can also email to :

Most if not all of the routes in the North Lake Area were inventoried and GPS'ed around 6-7 years ago by one of our members over one summer and extending into part of a second IIRC.

This is a MAJOR area for us, as the North Lake Area contains the Christmas Valley Dunes.

Peppermint Patti 05-26-2010 08:20 PM

Thanks, Art...this was posted early last month: Which meeting were you planning to attend?

Hopefully everyone has already read it and scheduled time to attend and write comments. Randy has groups attending the Hines, Christmas Valley, Bend and Portland meetings. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact Randy.

Art Waugh 05-27-2010 08:49 AM

Did not see these meetings posted up originally, sorry. Going to get to the Portland meeting. Hope to see some Region 3 folks there.

Art Waugh 06-17-2010 12:32 PM

In the State Director's land page, Randy makes some good points on comments.

However for the Vale District, Virtue Flat is not a part of their review at this time, as it is part of the Baker Resource Area, and the RMP Revision is just getting started there, any comments to the extent of keeping it an open designation are going to be beyond the scope of the amendment of the Southeast and Lakeview RMP's, and should probably be directed to the Baker Field office.

While you can ask for WSA designations to be removed, that is also beyond the scope of the document, and something that BLM cannot do. Once a WSA is created, only Congress can deal with it by either designating it Wilderness or releasing it. BLM can only make a recommendation as to suitablity or not. It won't hurt to ask they not be found suitable, but that is not a decision that BLM can make. BLM no longer has the authority to create any WSA.

One of our members did a GPS survey of the North Lake area several years ago, and more recently a BLM staffer went back and looked it over again on the ground. These maps need to be dug out and used in the wilderness characteristic study and any routes that are there should disqualify that area as having said characteristics.

Vale district has asked for and gotten some help in GPS'ing routes on their district, and these results should be used in the same manner and the North Lake material.

As for moving the fossil protection area back to get that section of dunes reopened to OHV use, you can ask, but again that will be beyond what they can do. National direction is that fossil protection will override OHV use anytime, anywhere.

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