Portland, Ore. – The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publicly released the Biological Opinions for the Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Western Oregon. Biological Opinions are a formal part of the planning process, and state the consulting agency's opinion on whether the project is likely to jeopardize a listed species or destroy or adversely modify a listed species' critical habitat. In summary:
- On July 15, 2016, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a biological opinion that found that the Proposed RMPs are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any of the species under their jurisdiction, and are not likely to adversely modify critical habitat for any of the species under their jurisdiction.
- On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a biological opinion that found that the Proposed RMPs are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any of the species under their jurisdiction, andares not likely to adversely modify critical habitat for any of the species under their jurisdiction.
You can find more information, and links to the Biological Opinions on this website:
The BLM anticipates issuing two Records of Decision (ROD) for the Resource Management Plans of Western Oregon during the summer of 2016. The RODs will each contain a Rationale for the Decision, provide an Allowable Sale Quantity Declaration, describe how the BLM will transition to the new plan, and outline direction for mitigation, plan monitoring, and evaluation. The BLM expects to issue the RODs during the summer of 2016.
Throughout the course of the planning process, the BLM held 41 public meetings, workshops, and forums in Western Oregon. The agency received more than 7,000 comments, 4,500 of which were sent in during the formal comment period in 2015. The BLM also worked closely with agencies, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop strategies to protect fish, water, and threatened and endangered species.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.