Resource Management Plans

Alan Majchrowicz


Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”


Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse


What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  

What is the Southeastern Oregon RMP?

The Bureau of Land Management creates Resource Management Plans for planning areas to guide their decision-making about the lands they manage.

Following two decades of successful advocacy and precedent-setting legal action led by ONDA, in 2018 the BLM is working on the Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment (SEORMP).

The process will create the blueprint for how nearly 5 million acres in southeastern Oregon — including beloved places in the Owyhee Canyonlands like Leslie Gulch, Three Forks and Birch Creek — are managed.

For public lands advocates, getting involved in the Resource Management Planning process is one of the most important opportunities to shape how lands are managed for decades to come. This process provides the chance to help protect sage-grouse habitat, determine where off-road vehicles can and cannot travel, and protect wild desert places to camp, hike and bird.

Three main issues – Lands with Wilderness Characteristics, Off-Road Vehicle and Travel Management, and Livestock Grazing – will be addressed in the SEORMP process.

Understand these and you’ll have the background to provide substantive input that the BLM needs to consider.

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