Weigh in on OHV use on public land and other land management topics at tonight's meeting

From left, Samuel Castonguay and Tim Davis study the geological makeup of nearby rocks in the Owyhee Canyonlands in this photo from April of 2016. The canyonlands are on public land, and comment is being sought from the BLM regarding public land management in Malheur, Grant and Harney counties during public meetings the next three days, with the first one tonight in Ontario.

ONTARIO — A meeting at Four Rivers Cultural Center this evening will be the first of three public meetings hosted by the BLM regarding changes to the Draft Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The long-term management plan, created in 2002, allocates resources for 4.6 million acres of land in Malheur, Grant and Harney counties.

The proposed amendment looks at alternatives at management in three areas: lands with wilderness characteristics, off-highway vehicle designations and range management as it relates to voluntary grazing permits or lease relinquishment processes and meeting rangeland health standards, states information about the meeting.

“Some of the public land in the planning area is contiguous with multiple scattered or isolated public land parcels,” according to information from the Bureau of Land Management Vale District.

Tonight’s meeting in Ontario is from 5 to 8 p.m.; the Cultural Center is at 676 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ontario.

Vale BLM staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather comments regarding the plan’s update. Comment cards and information on submitting comments will also be provided.

In addition, there will be maps and handouts available.

Up next are meetings held during the same hours on Tuesday at the Community Center in McDermitt, Nevada and on Wednesday in Jordan Valley at the Lions Hall.

In addition to the public meetings, the Malheur Field Office will take public comments on these documents through Aug. 28.

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