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Oregon Badlands Wilderness Plan and EA Available for Public Comment

Bend, Ore - The Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has developed a draft wilderness management plan and environmental assessment (EA) for the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, located about 14 miles east of Bend, Oregon and north of Highway 20. The plan will be available for public review and comment until Sept. 30.

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, as well as managing other land uses and activities. The EA analyzes four alternatives that range from a No Action (continue present management) Alternative to a “Human Activity Least Present” Alternative. The alternatives address issues such as the location and design of trailheads, the number and placement of trails, the role of Special Recreation Permits, and limitations or requirements for types of uses such as rock climbing, hiking with dogs, or hiking with stock.

BLM welcomes comments, especially information the EA should take into account, additional ideas, or other alternatives that should be considered. The EA and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available at http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/plans/index.php.  If you would like a hardcopy, contact the Prineville BLM or stop by the office during business hours.  

Rather than voting for or against a specific alternative, the BLM asks that you tells us why you like or don’t like an alternative, or what you’d like to change, so we can be more responsive to concerns. Send your comments postmarked by Sept. 30, 2013, to one of the following addresses:

·         US Mail: Prineville BLM, 3050 NE Third Street., Prineville, OR 97754

·         Email:     BLM_OR_PR_FRONT_DESK@ blm.gov (attn: Badlands EA in the subject line)

·         FAX:      (541) 416-6798

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