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News Release
Steens Mountain Advisory Council Public Lands Access Subcommittee Schedules October 2020 Meeting - 10/13/20

HINES, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management announced today a subcommittee of the Steens Mountain Advisory Council has scheduled a fall meeting. The public is welcome to attend Thursday, October 22, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 36391 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, Oregon, and Friday, October 23, at the Bureau of Land Management, Burns District Office, 28910 Hwy 20 West, Hines, Oregon.

The October 22 agenda includes a presentation on carp management on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the Donner und Blitzen River, a short field tour to a fish trap area on the Refuge, and a brief discussion about the Page Springs Weir.

On October 23, the council will hear an update from the Designated Federal Official, discuss the SMAC’s definition of ‘reasonable access’, receive an update on the Nature’s Advocate Inholder Access Environmental Assessment (EA), discuss the Pike Creek Parking Area EA, hear information about Travel Management Planning for the Steens Mountain area, review sections of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 referencing the Burns Paiute Tribe, and share information from constituents. Any other matters that may reasonably come before the subcommittee may also be included.

Public comment periods are available on Thursday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the Refuge, and Friday, October 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the BLM office in Hines. Unless otherwise approved by the subcommittee chair, the public comment period will last no longer than 30 minutes, and each speaker may address the subcommittee for a maximum of 5 minutes.

Sessions may end early if all business items are accomplished ahead of schedule or may be extended if discussions warrant more time. A call-in opportunity may be available and will be announced online along with the full meeting agenda at: https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/steens-mac

“The SMAC is an important forum for the community and a key component of public land management,” said Jeff Rose, Burns District Manager and Designated Federal Official for the SMAC. “If you are interested in public land decisions for Steens Mountain, this is a great opportunity to listen and share with a collaborative group,” continued Rose.

The SMAC has been successful in bringing diverse interests to the table to deal with issues of mutual concern. Their citizen-based advice and recommendations are a part of being a good neighbor in the stewardship of public lands on Steens Mountain for multiple uses.

For more information about the Steens Mountain Advisory Council, please contact Tara Thissell at (541) 573-4519 or tthissell@blm.gov


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals

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