Master plans improve natural resource management planning strategies and ensure adherence to federal regulations and national goals in a comprehensive and consolidated manner.
Portland District updated the mid-Columbia and the Rogue River basin master plans in 2019-2020. This included an integrated environmental assessment, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
These two regional master plans updated outdated individual project master plans that date back to the mid-1970s. The master plans and integrated environmental assessments address elements such as hydrology, fish and wildlife resources, ecological setting, cultural resources, and recreation facilities, among many other things. Outdated land classifications, sustainable natural resource management, boundary encroachments, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management, and federal and state listed threatened and endangered species are also addressed. Updated master plans incorporate public comments and improve natural resource management planning strategies for the next 20 years.
Master plans are required for civil works projects administered by the Corps of Engineers and provide natural resource management planning strategies and ensure adherence to federal regulations and national goals in a comprehensive and consolidated manner. They establish a vision for future natural resource management and guide responsible stewardship and sustainable use of project resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
The master planning process encompasses the analysis of environmental, recreational, and socioeconomic trends within a conceptual framework. This framework includes regional and ecosystem needs; project resource capabilities and suitability; expressed public interests that are compatible with project authorized purposes; and sustainability elements.