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Steens Mountain Advisory Council to Meet in June - 06/06/24

Hines, Ore. – The Steens Mountain Advisory Council (SMAC) has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, June 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a field tour in the Steens Mountain area, and Friday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for a business session. Both the field tour meet-up and business session will be at the Bureau of Land Management’s Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West in Hines, Oregon. A virtual participation option will also be available on Friday. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics of discussion include reports from the Designated Federal Official and the Andrews/Steens Field Manager, Inflation Reduction Act projects, specific language in parts of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act and Burns Paiute Tribe culture and aboriginal homelands in the area.

A public comment period is available at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 14. Unless otherwise approved by the SMAC chair, the public comment period will last 30 minutes. Speakers may address the SMAC for up to 5 minutes. Full meeting details and the virtual attendance link are available at https://on.doi.gov/2PnZRcl.

The SMAC is a citizen-based advisory group that provides an opportunity for people from all backgrounds and interests to have a voice in the management of America’s public lands.

“This Advisory Council is a forum for people to participate in the land management process,” said Jeff Rose, BLM Burns District Manager and Designated Federal Official for the Steens Mountain Advisory Council. “If you’re interested in public land decisions for Steens Mountain, this is a great opportunity to listen and share with a collaborative group.”

The SMAC was established on August 14, 2001, pursuant to the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-399). The group provides recommendations to the BLM regarding new and unique approaches to management of the public lands within the bounds of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area and cooperative programs. They also advise the BLM on potential maintenance and improvement of the ecological and economic integrity of the area.

For more information about the SMAC, please contact Tara Thissell at (541) 573-4519 or tthissell@blm.gov. Additional information about the Steens Mountain Advisory Council is available online at https://on.doi.gov/2PnZRcl.

 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The sagebrush landscape of the BLM Lakeview District. Photo by Lisa McNee, BLM.
The sagebrush landscape of the BLM Lakeview District. Photo by Lisa McNee, BLM.
BLM seeks input on proposed management updates in southern Oregon (Photo) - 06/06/24

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for amending the 2003 Lakeview Resource Management Plan, which would update the management of 3.2 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in Lake and Harney counties. The amendment, which has been prepared to respond to a 2010 court settlement, addresses the management of public lands for wilderness characteristics, recreation, and grazing.

 

“We welcome the public’s insight and input into how we can appropriately balance the management of these lands,” said Jami Ludwig, BLM Lakeview Field Manager. “This plan will help guide BLM’s management of this landscape for the next 20 years.”

 

As directed by the 2010 settlement, the BLM’s draft EIS and plan amendment consider a wide-range of management options for lands with wilderness characteristics, grazing, and outdoor recreation, including off-highway vehicle use. Public comments received on this draft will help inform the development of a final plan, which could combine management approaches from several of the draft alternatives, if appropriate.

 

The BLM plans to host an in-person public meeting in Lakeview and two virtual public meetings during the comment period to discuss and answer questions about the plan. The BLM will announce these meetings at least 15 days in advance through the BLM National NEPA Register, public notices, media releases, social media, and/or mailings.

 

A Notice of Availability will publish in tomorrow’s Federal Register to open a 90-day comment period. Project information is available at the BLM National NEPA Register where written comments may be submitted via the “Participate Now” option (preferred) by Sept. 4, 2024. Comments may also be submitted to BLM_OR_LV_RMP_Team@blm.gov, or delivered to BLM Lakeview District, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630

 

For more information, please contact Michael Collins at 541-947-6112.

 

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Annual campfire restrictions to start on BLM rivers in Central Oregon, BLM announces - 05/28/24

Prineville, Ore. — Annual campfire restrictions will go into effect June 1 on some Bureau of Land Management-administered lands in central Oregon. In particular, campfires will be prohibited along portions of the Crooked, Deschutes, John Day and White rivers, as well as on BLM-administered lands along Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus.

“Our number one goal is protecting public and employee safety,” said James Osborne, Fire Management Officer for the BLM Prineville District. “We are excited that people are getting out and enjoying the rivers. Reducing the risk of human-caused wildfire helps us be good neighbors.”

These restrictions prohibit campfires, charcoal fires, or any other type of open flame. This includes a ban on the use of portable propane campfires and wood pellet burning devices. Commercially manufactured lanterns and metal camp stoves used for cooking are allowed, when fueled with bottled propane or liquid fuel and operated in a responsible manner. Under the restrictions, smoking is not allowed except inside vehicles or on the water.

“The river canyons present a combination of limited access, grassy fuels that dry out quickly, and steep slopes that allow wildfires to spread rapidly,” Osborne continued.

For additional information visit: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.

Restrictions will remain in effect through October 15, 2024. Violation of this closure is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both.

For more information and specific campfire closure locations apply to BLM-administered lands, see the river closure order. For more information about these closures, or other fire restrictions on BLM-administered lands in central Oregon, please review the river closure order, call the Prineville BLM District Office at 541-416-6700 or visit https://www.blm.gov/orwafire.

For current information on public use restrictions, fire closures or changes to the Industrial Fire Precaution Level on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the BLM Prineville District, please call the information line at 1-800-523-4737. Additional information about fire activity in Central Oregon is available online at: https://centraloregonfire.org/.

 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Fire restrictions protect Pacific Northwest communities, BLM announces - 05/24/24

Portland, Ore. – On May 24, fire restrictions will go into effect for all Bureau of Land Management public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. BLM leaders encourage all visitors to be aware of active restrictions and closures as warmer, drier weather sets in around the Pacific Northwest. 


These fire restrictions help reduce the risk of human-caused fires. Starting May 24, the use of fireworks, exploding targets or metallic targets, steel component ammunition (core or jacket), tracer or incendiary devices, and sky lanterns will be prohibited. 


“Although we had a wet winter, we must still be careful with activities that can cause a spark,” said Anita Bilbao, BLM Oregon/Washington Associate State Director


Wet weather supports the growth of invasive grasses, which then dry out quickly in the summer months.
 

“Everyone can help to keep our first responders, local communities, and public lands safe by following fire restrictions and practicing fire safety while out on public lands,” she continued.
 

Those who violate the prohibition may be fined up to $100,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 12 months. In addition, those found responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression. 
For the complete order and more information on seasonal fire restrictions and fire closures, please see www.blm.gov/orwafire.

May is also ‘Wildfire Awareness Month’. Visit NIFC.GOV for wildfire prevention tips: https://www.nifc.gov/fire-information/fire-prevention-education-mitigation/wildfire-prevention. 

To learn more about fire careers with BLM Oregon-Washington, please see https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire/state-info/oregon-washington/careers.

This Press Release is also available on: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/fire-restrictions-protect-pacific-northwest-communities-blm-announces. 

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

 

Map of the Nestucca Access Road Slide. BLM photo
Map of the Nestucca Access Road Slide. BLM photo
Portion of Nestucca National Backcountry Byway Road Closure Begins June 6th (Photo) - 05/23/24

Carlton, Ore. — In the interest of public safety, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will temporarily close a section of the Nestucca Access Road, starting June 6, 2024. The Nestucca Access Road will be closed to through-traffic at mile-post 15.1, just east of Elk Bend Campground, and at mile-post 11.9, just west of Fan Creek Campground.

During the closure, which will last through August 2, 2024, BLM contractors will repair a failed portion of the road, and repair a large stream culvert (Davidson Culvert).

“By repairing the road and making improvements to the inlet of Davidson Culvert, we will make the Nestucca Access Road safer for the public,” said Janet Satter, BLM Tillamook Field Manager.

The Nestucca Access Road is part of the Nestucca National Backcountry Byway. The Byway is a loop between Beaver and Carlton that includes the Nestucca Access Road, Bible Creek Access Road, and Bald Mountain Road.

During the closure, other portions of the Byway will remain open and will be available as a detour route.

Please follow safety and road closure signs and use the designated detour routes.  


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
 

BLM office moves to Port of Tillamook Bay - 05/21/24

Tillamook, Ore. — Bureau of Land Management leaders announced that the Tillamook Field Office will be moving, June 3. The BLM’s lease at the current facility will expire in June, and the Field Office will relocate to the Port of Tillamook Bay

“Moving an office—just like moving a home—is always a transition,” said Janet Satter, BLM Tillamook Field Manager. “And I want to reassure everyone that we will continue to be available to our customers—to the American public.”

The new location at the Port of Tillamook Bay is just five miles, or a ten-minute drive, from the current BLM office.

Until construction of the new permanent facility at the Port of Tillamook is complete, the Field Office will temporarily relocate to 4000 Blimp Blvd, Suite 380.

“We look forward to welcoming you to our new home,” Satter added.

For the latest information on the upcoming move, call or email the Tillamook Field Office at 503-815-1100 or blm_or_no_mail@blm.gov. The phone number and email address will remain the same throughout the transition.

Information will also be available at the Northwest Oregon District website: https://www.blm.gov/office/northwest-oregon-district-office

GoogleMap of new location at the Port of Tillamook Bay: https://maps.app.goo.gl/aYGNG2ET7XQ2d8x38
 

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, BLM Photo.
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, BLM Photo.
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center reopening May 24, BLM announces (Photo) - 05/20/24

Renovated interpretive center now represents a best-in-class example of a net-zero emissions building

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Pioneers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to celebrate the May 24 reopening of the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Ore. After a three-year closure for renovations, the center will reopen to the public at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, and offer free admission through Sunday, May 26. 
Beginning Saturday, May 25, summer hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including holidays. 
 

Admission is $8 for ages 16 and up, $6 for seniors. The center also accepts America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes.


Since opening in 1992, the center has drawn an estimated 2.5 million visitors to the area. In order to maintain some services during the closure, the BLM partnered with Baker County to install and staff an Oregon Trail exhibit at the Baker Heritage Museum, and with the City of Baker City to launch a new event — Oregon Trail Days at Geiser-Pollman Park — which will take place June 7-8 this year.


“It was very important to us to continue offering Oregon Trail experiences to visitors during the renovations,” said BLM Vale District Manager Shane DeForest, whose office oversees the center. “Additionally, this partnership has strengthened our bond with the museum and the community, and we look forward to continuing to work together.”
 

The renovation, which included $1 million from the Great American Outdoors Act, represents a best-in-class example of a net-zero emissions building: it is all-electric, it meets the Biden-Harris Administration’s Federal Building Performance Standard by eliminating the on-site use of fossil fuels, and it is highly efficient, having reduced the facility’s energy consumption by 73 percent thanks to new windows, doors, siding, insulation, roofing, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. 


The Biden-Harris Administration is leading by example to tackle the climate crisis through President Biden’s Federal Sustainability Plan, which establishes an ambitious path to achieve net-zero emissions from federal buildings by 2045.
“President Biden set bold goals for Federal sustainability, and this project helps us achieve those goals,” said Andrew Mayock, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Upgrading our federal buildings to be more efficient and sustainable also means healthier communities.” 
For more information about the center, visit www.oregontrail.blm.gov or call 541-523-1843.


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.