Western Oregon Plan Revisions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently manages almost 2.6 million acres in western Oregon under the Northwest Forest Plan (NW Forest Plan). The NW Forest Plan was developed through an unparalleled effort to integrate the best available scientific knowledge. It has proven over ten years to be an effective strategy to continue cutting timber while conserving rivers, fish and wildlife. The NW Forest Plan conserves forested aquatic ecosystems through the Aquatic Conservation Strategy which establishes riparian buffers where timber harvest is prohibited, provides extra protection to key watersheds, limits activities both streamside and upland that interfere with aquatic health objectives, emphasizes watershed restoration, and requires scientific analysis for some individual watersheds. The BLM planned to eliminate many of the protections provided by the NW Forest Plan on BLM lands in western Oregon - and its plans were a recipe for dirty water and dead fish. Fortunately, the Obama Administration recently announced it is withdrawing WOPR.

BREAKING NEWS!!

BLM initiates new scoping for WOPR. Read PRC's comments here

 

River Advocates File Legal Challenge to Bush Plan for Western Oregon Forests

BLM Scaredman Sign
Canton Creek in Oregon is one of many areas that would be affected by the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. Photo by Chris Frissell, PRC

Pacific Rivers Council and McKenzie Flyfishers filed a lawsuit on January 15, 2009, against a controversial federal plan to weaken protection for streams and salmon on 2.6 million acres of public forestland in Oregon. These forested watersheds provide drinking water to over one million Oregonians. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) activities on these lands affect a multitude of sensitive freshwater salmon, trout and other stream-associated species that are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or at risk of becoming listed.  Steamboaters and the Native Plant Society joined our case when we filed our amended complaint.


Click here to read the press release on our original filing.
Click here to read our 60-day notice for violations of the Endangered Species Act.

Read more about the case and download the amended complaint.

Click here to read news coverage of our suit

Background

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently manages almost 2.6 million acres of federal lands in western Oregon under the Northwest Forest Plan (NW Forest Plan). The NW Forest Plan was developed through an unparalleled effort to integrate the best available scientific knowledge. It has proven over ten years to be an effective strategy to continue cutting timber while conserving rivers, fish and wildlife. The NW Forest Plan conserves forested aquatic ecosystems through the Aquatic Conservation Strategy, which establishes riparian buffers where timber harvest is prohibited, provides extra protection to key watersheds, limits activities both streamside and upland that interfere with aquatic health objectives, emphasizes watershed restoration, and requires scientific analysis for some individual watersheds.

But now, the BLM has eliminated many of the protections provided by the NW Forest Plan on BLM lands in western Oregon - and its plan is a recipe for dirty water and dead fish.

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WOPR history

What's at Stake

PRC comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statements, Agency Critiques

BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement, Protests, Governor's Consistency Review

BLM Finalizes WOPR

Department of Interior Withdraws WOPR

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