Public Lands Vision

Applegate Community Public Lands Vision

As residents of the Applegate Valley, we value the public lands that surround our homes because they are integral to our community. The forests and rivers are essential to the clean drinking water, native salmon runs, and the expanding recreation economy of the Applegate Valley.

ANN has identified the following as guidelines for integrating community values into the management of BLM Lands in the Applegate Valley.

  • Preserving the Applegate Adaptive Management Area (AMA) as a designated area in which the BLM must use a collaborative, community-based decision-making process that directly involves the community in forest management decisions.  As citizens and neighbors we have the right to help guide actions that affect our lives and livelihoods.
  • Decoupling logging receipts from providing revenue to county governments and exploring alternative revenues such as valuation of the ecosystem services of public lands.  It is unrealistic to expect that timber revenues alone from O&C land can make up budget shortfalls.
  • Managing forests to increase diversity, preserving mature trees over one hundred years old, protecting riparian streamside forests, and conserving sensitive plants and animals including salmon and steelhead.  Protecting biodiversity is essential for healthy forests, and we cannot assume that private industry will plan for diversity and old forests.
  • Preserving the clean water supply that supports family farms, small businesses, individual wells, and community water supplies.
  • Protecting “lands with wilderness characteristics” and roadless areas such as the Wellington Wildlands and the Dakubetede areas.  Many of us moved to this area for its wilderness characteristics, which continue to attract people to this area to live and to recreate—providing a growing source of revenue for the local economy.
  • Reducing fire risk and fire fighting costs through fire prevention planning. Investing in thinning, stewardship contracting, and fuels reduction focused next to communities not only stimulates the local economy, but also will save money in fire-fighting costs over the long term.
  • Using only the existing road network to conduct any thinning or fuels reduction projects as prescribed by the forest or fire management plans.  Building roads increases pollution and diminishes the open space needed by animals (and humans).  Blocks of open, contiguous space are consistent with BLM’s forthcoming Resource Management Plans.
  •  Ensuring all forest management recognizes the need for reduced timber harvest levels in the fragile, dry forest ecosystems of southwestern Oregon. Re-growth of Southern Oregon forests is dramatically slower than those of more northern, wetter Oregon forests.  This approach will preserve the sustainability of timber harvests for generations to come.