Revised Blue Mountains Forest Plans: Objection and Resolution Process

On June 29, 2018 the Forest Service published the revised Land Management Plans (Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (Blue Mountains).  The revised Forest Plans are supported by a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a draft Record of Decision, and other supporting documents that are available on this website.

Before final decisions are made on the three revised Forest Plans, the Forest Service follows the requirements of 36 CFR 219.5 for a pre-decisional administrative review, which provides an opportunity for the resolution of objections.  Please see below for the current status of this process.

Overview: The purpose of the revised Forest Plans is to provide an updated framework to guide the management of approximately 5.5 million acres of National Forest System lands in eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.  The revised Forest Plans replace the existing 1990 Plans, addressing changes in local economic, social, and environmental conditions over the past 28 years.  The revised Forest Plans:

  • Honor the many years that diverse interests have invested in this process since 2004 – reflecting vital input from the public, local governments, states, tribes, federal agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent a Forest Service commitment to promote rural prosperity and well-being, treat fire-prone areas, provide forest access, and promote healthier watersheds. 
  • Support the Forest Service mission "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."

Objections filed and Interested Person requests

Objection Reading Room: Click here to review the objection letters received or postmarked by the deadline on August 28, 2018.  Objection letters are dated "2018" and available in the reading room starting Saturday, September 8.  If you met the deadline and do not see your objection letter in the online reading room, please email or contact the Forest Service using the addresses provided in the legal notice.  The Forest Service is currently in the process of determining the eligibility of Objectors and their objections.  The Reviewing Officer will notify all Objectors of their status after eligibility determinations have been made.

Legal Notice of Objections Filed and Opportunity to Submit a Request for Interested Person Status (September 7, 2018) (PDF):

  • Eligible Interested Persons will be notified in advance of any objection-resolution meetings.  These meetings will be open to observation by the public, and their date(s), location(s), and agenda(s) will be posted to this website.
  • During the objection-resolution meeting(s), Interested Persons who have been granted recognition by the Reviewing Officer will be able to participate in discussions with Objectors and the Reviewing Officer related to issues on the meeting agenda that Interested Persons have listed in their requests.
  • To request Interested Person status, please follow the specific instructions provided in this legal notice.
  • Individuals or entities who wish to be recognized as Interested Persons must have previously submitted substantive formal comments during the 2010 formal scoping period (March 29 - May 25, 2010) and/or the 2014 formal comment period (March 14 - August 15, 2014)
  • Written requests for recognition as an Interested Person (36 CFR 219.57) must be submitted no later than 10 days from the publication date of the legal notice in The Oregonian, that is, by 11:59pm Eastern (8:59pm Pacific) on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

Public notices regarding the objection-filing period (which ended August 28, 2018 in accordance with 36 CFR 219.56)

Forest Supervisors' Open Letter (PDF)

Objection Process Brochure (PDF):  Frequently asked questions and answers about the objection process -- Who can object? Who am I filing my objection with? When and how do I file an objection? What must my objection contain? Is there a chance my objection will be rejected? What happens to my objection once I send it in?

Federal Register Notice of ObjectionClick here for detailed instructions on how to file an objection, including Washington, D.C. mail and email addresses. It is the responsibility of objectors or interested persons to demonstrate their standing on specific issues based on previously submitted substantive formal comments provided during the 2010 formal scoping period (March 29 - May 25, 2010) and/or the 2014 formal comment period (March 14 - August 15, 2014).  The 2014 comment letters are available here.

Updated list of libraries and other public locations where paper copies of the planning documents are available for on-site reference. Learn why we're providing online documents and public-reference copies instead of individual paper copies.

News Release (PDF)

Newsletter (PDF): Overview of the objection process.

Legal Notice in the newspaper of record (PDF) 


To read the following documents, please click on the titles below.

Draft Record of Decision

Letter from the Regional Forester - June 26, 2018 (PDF)  
Draft Record of Decision for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests Revised Land Management Plans (PDF) ROD Cover Image


Revised Forest Plans / Revised Land Management Plans

Malheur National Forest -  Land Management Plan (PDF) Malheur LMP Cover Art
Umatilla National Forest -  Land Management Plan (PDF) Umatilla LMP Cover Art
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest -  Land Management Plan (PDF) Wallowa-Whitman LMP Cover Art
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest - Land Management Plan - Appendix E - Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Comprehensive Management Plan (PDF)  


Final Environmental Impact Statement

Summary (PDF)
Volume 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3-part 1 (PDF)
Volume 2: Chapter 3-part 2 (PDF)
Volume 3: Chapter 4-Glossary & References (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix A-F (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix G-Maps Malheur National Forest (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix G-Maps Umatilla National Forest (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix G-Maps Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (PDF)


Additional supporting documents and information

Biological Opinion - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (PDF)
Biological Opinion - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (PDF)
Biological Assessment for Endangered Species Act Consultation (ZIP)
Current Management Situation (2004) (PDF)


Interactive Web Maps (ArcGIS Online) 

Interactive Storymap


To view previous planning documents and information on archived web pages, click here.