Agencies Release Environmental Assessment for Proposed Mineral Withdrawal


  • Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist, (541) 618-2051
  • Shannon Downey, Environmental Coordinator, (541) 618-2074

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, with the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the Bureau of Land Management, has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the 2015 Southwestern Oregon Mineral Withdrawal. The release of this EA on April 28, 2016 initiated the public comment period; written comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days.

The proposed withdrawal, which is in aid of legislation proposed by multiple members of Congress, encompasses more than 100,000 acres of Forest Service and BLM-administered lands in the Rough and Ready-Baldface Creek and the Hunter Creek-North Fork Pistol River subwatersheds of southwestern Oregon.

The agencies have provided multiple opportunities for public involvement and comment regarding this proposed withdrawal. Public meetings were held in September 2015 in Gold Beach and Grants Pass, drawing approximately 250 attendees to each meeting, with more than 100 members of the public speaking. Roughly 23,000 comments have been received to date, the majority of which have been in support of the proposed withdrawal.

The Environmental Assessment is available online at, and at the offices of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the BLM Medford and Coos Bay Districts. Interested members of the public can submit comments by following the instructions to do so at Comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days, through May 27, 2016.

For additional information about the project, contact Roy Bergstrom at (541) 618-2061.