INTERIOR COLUMBIA BASIN ECOSYSTEM

MANAGEMENT PROJECT


NEWS RELEASE



INTERIOR COLUMBIA BASIN ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT PROJECT

112 EAST POPLAR STREET
WALLA WALLA, WA 99362
Rex Holloway 509-522-4046

304 NORTH 8TH STREET, ROOM 250
BOISE, IDAHO 83702
Andy Brunelle 208-334-1770

USDA FOREST SERVICE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESEARCH STATIONS

333 S.W. 1ST STREET
PORTLAND, OREGON 97208
Cynthia Miner 503-326-7135

324 25TH STREET
OGDEN, UTAH 84401
David Tippets 801-625-5343

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


October 31, 1996

Today the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project released the first of several publications that provide a sound scientific foundation for informed decisions about the management of lands by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the interior Columbia River Basin. . According to the project's Science Integration Team Leader, Dr. Thomas M. Quigley, "A Framework for Ecosystem Management in the Interior Columbia Basin and the Portions of the Klamath and Great Basins" describes how ecosystems operate." The "Framework" provides the overall principles, concepts, and processes applicable to managing ecosystems in the project area, which encompasses all or parts of five westers states.

The Framework describes ecosystem principles that underlie efforts to sustain the health,

di versity, and productivity of ecosystems. Also discussed are the relationships between ecosystem management and concepts such as risk assessments, sustainability, ecological integrity, monitoring, adaptive management, scales of analysis and partnerships with other agencies and the public.

"The Framework also links science processes and products with land management planning on federally administered lands," states Dr. Quigley. "The framework provides principles and processes that can be used to develop ecosystem management direction consistent with laws governing the two land management agencies."

The USDA Forest Service and the USDI Bureau of Land Management have responded to emerging social and environmental issus by adopting an "ecosystem management" approach to natural resource management. The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project was

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chartered to assist both agencies in making the transition to ecosystem management.

The Framework will link to several subsequent documents to be published this winter including a Scientific Assessment characterizing the current ecosystem conditions in the project area. The framework and subsequent science documents will provide the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever made of the interior Columbia River Basin.

The documents will include an executive summary and overview titles Status of the Interior Columbia River Basin Summary of Scientific Findings, The Integrated Scientific Assessment for Ecosystem Management in the Interior Columbia River Basin including portions of the Klamath and Great Basins, and its companion document, An Assessment of Ecosystem Components in the Interior Columbia River Basin including portions of the Klamath and Great Basins.

The draft Eastside and Upper Columbia River Basin Environmental Impact Statements are also expected to be released to the public this winter, followed by a 120-day public comment period. A Scientific Evaluation of the Alternatives by the Science Integration Team will be published simultaneously. For further information about the Framework or other project documents please contact the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project in Walla Walla, Washington at 509-522-4030 or Boise, Idaho at 208-334-1770.

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