BLM details Badlands Wilderness plans

Full documents are online; comments sought

POSTED: 9:11 AM PST February 12, 2014    UPDATED: 10:49 AM PST February 12, 2014 
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PRINEVILLE, Ore. -

The Bureau of Land Management Prineville District Office has completed an Environmental Assessment, Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact  for the proposed Oregon Badlands Wilderness Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The Decision Record, FONSI and EA can be downloaded at http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/plans/nepa-details.php?id=2074

The Prineville District selected Alternative 2, and included elements analyzed in other action alternatives based on the purpose and need of the project, along with public input.

The decision provides management direction for trails, trailheads, special recreation permits, livestock grazing, cultural resources, wildfire, and allowable activities within the Oregon Badlands, located east of Bend.

The direction contained in the EA will be incorporated into the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Management Plan.

BLM policy requires that a wilderness plan be completed for each designated wilderness. The plan provides guidance for preserving and enhancing wilderness values, while offering opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation, and managing other land uses and activities.

Congress designated the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area in 2009 as an area “where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man is himself a visitor who does not remain” (Wilderness Act, 1964).

The wilderness management plan will provide guidance for preserving and enhancing wilderness values while offering opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation.

Any person adversely affected by this decision may appeal to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land.

If you file an appeal, an original, signed hardcopy notice of appeal must be filed at the Prineville District Office (3050 N.E. Third Street, Prineville, OR 97754) within 30 days from receipt of this decision.

For more information about the appeal process or to obtain a copy of the plan, please contact the Prineville District BLM at (541) 416-6700.

About the BLM:  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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.