Nov 9, 2012
|Environmental Alternative #2 limits access. This is the official letter.
Dear Interested Public:
I have signed a Decision Record for the Trout Creek Rock Climbing Area Access and Trail Plan. The
project area is 10 miles north of Madras Oregon on Prineville District BLM land, adjacent to the
Deschutes River. The approved Project will limit public access on approximately 412 acres during the
golden eagle breeding season and allow trail improvements and construction. I selected Alternative 2,
Proposed Action as described in the Environmental Assessment (EA) with the following modification:
This decision will not include construction of a new trail proposed to connect the existing Main Wall
South Approach Trail with the proposed Cool Wall South Approach Trail (see Map 2). All design
features described in Common to Alternatives 2 and 3 of the EA will be implemented .
Before approving this Project, the BLM prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); reviewed
and responded to comments from the public, other agency and tribes; and considered the potential direct,
indirect and cumulative effects of the proposed action as described in the Environmental Assessment
(DOI-BLM-OR- P060-2012-0028 -EA) .
The Decision Record, FONSI, EA, comments received on the EA, BLM responses to those comments,
and additional information are 'available for review at the Prineville District Office, or on our web page at
http://www. b Im.gov/or/ districts/prineville/plans/index .php
Thank you for your interest in this Project. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Dean (Project
Lead) or Lisa Clark (Public Affairs Officer) of my staff at 5411416-6700.
Molly M. Brown
Field Manager, Deschutes Resource Area
From Las Vegas
Nov 9, 2012
|So everything below is the final decision?
Alternative 2, Proposed Action
Alternative 2 would seasonally (January 15 to August 31, annually) restrict human access in a closure area, encompassing the Trout Creek Climbing Area, in order to reduce human disturbance impacts on nesting golden eagles within a portion of the Frog Springs Golden Eagle Breeding Territory.
Alternative 2 would also allow rock climbing access to some climbing routes that are located over ¼ mile from the active nest site after May 15. The BLM would implement a partial opening after monitoring determines which nest site is occupied. If golden eagles select any of the three nests on the “Cool Wall,” then access to and rock climbing on the “Main Wall” would be allowed, with access from the north approach only (see Map 3). However, if the eagles select the northern‐most nest on the “Cool Wall” only a portion of the “Main Wall” would be open. The area open would be approximately a ¼ mile away from this nest around the “Gold Rush” climbing route. If golden eagles select the nest on the “Main Wall,” then access to and rock climbing on the “Cool Wall”, south of the private property boundary, would be allowed, with access from the south along approximately 0.5 miles of a new proposed trail (see map 4). Signs would be posted at the approach trail of the partial opening area. In both situations the open area would only include the approach trail and the climbing wall. The “Castle Wall” would not be open to climbing during the active breeding season regardless of which nest is selected due to its central location and proximity to all nests in the project area.