Resource Management Plans

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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  

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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.”

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

What is the Lakeview Resource Management Plan?

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 2020 the BLM is working on the Lakeview Resource Management Plan Amendment.

The process will create the blueprint for how nearly 3.4 million acres in southeastern Oregon — including beloved places in the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region like Beatys Butte, High Lakes and Juniper Mountain — are managed.

For public lands advocates, commenting during the Resource Management Planning process is an important opportunity 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 this amendment process.

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