Due to their proximity, comparable natural and cultural resources, and similar management issues, the BLM completed one plan to address all 6 wilderness areas, as well as the 16 WSR segments that are located almost entirely within the wilderness areas. The Draft WMP is designed to guide the management of the wilderness areas and WSR segments for the next 10 years. A public comment period for the Draft WMP will extend through April 30, 2013.
The wilderness and WSR designations are the result of a grassroots effort called the Owyhee Initiative. Local ranchers; county representatives; environmental and conservation groups; outfitters; Shoshone-Paiute Tribe; and others worked collaboratively for several years to develop an agreement addressing longstanding public lands issues in southwestern Idaho. This agreement served as the impetus for Congressional designation of the 6 wilderness areas and 16 WSR segments. It is now BLM’s responsibility to manage these special areas according to the OPLMA and other relevant laws and regulations.
These areas have been called “Working Wilderness” because ranching has been a part of the Owyhee Canyonlands for over 100 years, and the OPLMA specifically provides for continued livestock grazing in the wilderness areas.
“I look forward to implementing a plan that embraces the visions of such a collaborative effort,” said BLM Boise District Manager Jim Fincher.
An electronic version of the plan may be found here: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/Owyhee-wilderness-WSR_plan.htmlEmail electronic comments by April 30, 2013 to: OMA_TRANS_Wild@blm.gov. Written comments must be postmarked on or before that date. Address written comments to: John Sullivan, Wilderness Project Lead, Bureau of Land Management, Boise District Office, 3948 South Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705-5339.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask BLM in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.
Groups wishing to discuss specific sections of the Draft WMP in more depth may contact John Sullivan to schedule a meeting, phone 208-384-3300.