GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Attempts by Jackson and Josephine County Commissioners to clarify their role in planning by the BLM is getting a cold shoulder from the federal agency.
On Wednesday, Josephine County Commissioners expressed disappointment that the Bureau of Land Management does not want to sign a “coordination and cooperation” agreement with the county. Commissioners from both Jackson and Josephine County have been seeking the agreement as a way to clarify the roles of each agency regarding planning and development on federal lands.
In a statement to Jackson County Commissioners, Medford BLM Manager Dayne Barron says, “BLM cannot sign the Jackson County modified cooperating agency agreement. BLM and Jackson County both would be better served by a cooperative agency agreement, so I am open to negotiation at your pleasure,” and then says they will continue to “coordinate” with the county as required by federal law. Smith calls it “doublespeak.”
Josephine County Commissioners say they will seek a public meeting with BLM officials to get further clarification.