Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and senior BLM officials have expressed a strong desire to resolve issues
and find a new way forward regarding the management of Oregon and California Lands Act of 1937 (O&C Act) lands.
Both the BLM and Oregon Governor Kitzhaber are interested in exploring approaches to create a policy framework
for a sustainable and resilient approach to the management of 2.5 million acres of O&C lands in western Oregon.
The BLM engaged the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (the U.S. Institute) as a neutral
third-party to complete a collaboration inquiry activity that would gauge whether a west-wide forest management
collaboration effort should be initiated. The U.S. Institute is a program of the Udall Foundation, an impartial,
independent federal agency. The U.S. Institute's mission is to assist public and private parties in resolving
environmental, natural resource, and public land conflicts. The U.S. Institute partnered with Oregon Consensus
at Portland State University to complete the interviews and prepare a presentation of the inquiry findings.
Oregon Consensus is Oregon's legislatively-created public policy conflict resolution and collaborative governance
program. This effort was sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management.
The neutrals interviewed stakeholder representatives from 34 organizations, a cross-section of some of the
stakeholders interested in these issues. Interviewees represented a diverse sampling of the various stakeholders,
including individuals from federal, tribal, state, county, congressional offices, conservation, fishing, labor,
timber, recreation, and academia. The list of stakeholders and those interviewed were determined by BLM, Governor
Kitzhaber's office, the U.S. Institute, and Oregon Consensus. Stakeholders were asked 16 questions in three
general categories: lessons learned and innovative approaches going forward, designing a successful collaborative
process, and land management objectives.
The collaboration inquiry sought to ascertain whether there was support and interest in proceeding with a full
collaborative process, and if so, better define the likely objectives of a broader forest management collaboration
to address long-standing forest management issues in western Oregon. It also could examine what approaches or
strategies are working and what may need to change to help inform future BLM land use plans.
Provided is a copy of a PowerPoint presentation prepared by the U.S. Institute and Oregon Consensus. The
presentation provides a summary of what was heard from stakeholders during the Collaborative Inquiry and an
overview of recommendations for the collaborative process. This presentation serves as the only written feedback
from the neutrals.
The presentation lists those organizations represented in the interviews and a summary of their responses. In
some cases, a slide may describe a range of perspectives on an issue. The responses on the slides titled,
"What the neutrals heard from stakeholder interviewees," are a summary of what was said. These responses have
not been endorsed by any collaboration inquiry participant or other organization involved in this process. The
slides contained in the section "Collaboration Process Overview" outline what a potential collaboration process
could look like in the next phase. The neutrals suggest a process that is well informed, transparent, and provides
clear direction for potential next steps.
Governor Kitzhaber used the results of the collaboration inquiry to help evaluate next steps with the Secretary
of Interior and the Oregon Congressional Delegation. Their representatives have begun to discuss an approach to
resolving western Oregon forest issues. Once the approach is clarified we will have more information on the
elements of a potential broader collaborative.
To download a printable version of this report in Adobe Acrobat format, please click on the following link:
Western Oregon Collaboration Inquiry Background and Report
[499kb PDF, 41 pages].