Items starting with R

Release Cutting

Removal of competing vegetation to allow desired tree species to grow.

Removal Cut

The removal of the last seed bearers or shelter trees after regeneration is established.

Replacement value

For subsistence, the amount of money that would have to be spent to buy food substitutes.

Research Natural Area (RNA)

Research Natural Areas (RNAs) are areas that contain important ecological and scientific values and are managed for minimum human disturbance. RNAs are primarily used for non-manipulative research and baseline data gathering on relatively unaltered community types. Since natural processes are allowed to dominate, RNAs also make excellent controls for similar communities that are being actively managed. In addition, RNAs provide an essential network of diverse habitat types that will be preserved in their natural state for future generations.

Residual Stand

The trees remaining standing after an event such as selection cutting.

Resistance to control

The difficulty of suppressing a wildland fire primarily determined by the fire's rate of spread (how fast it moves) and its intensity (how hot it will get).

Resource Advisory Council (RAC)

A council established by the Secretary of the Interior to provide advice or recommendations to BLM management. In some states, Provincial Advisory Councils (PACs) are functional equivalents of RACs.

Resource Management Plan (RMP)

The BLM considers resource management plans to be synonymous with land use plans so the terms may be used interchangeably. Land use plan decisions made in RMP's establish goals and objectives for resource management (such as desired future conditions), the measures needed to achieve these goals and objectives, and parameters for using public lands. Land use planning decisions are usually made on broad scale and customarily guide subsequent site-specific implementation decisions. A resource management plan (RMP) is a land use plan which describes broad, multiple-use guidance for managing public land and mineral estate administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The plan is developed with public involvement and potential impacts of the plan are analyzed in an environmental impact statement (EIS) under guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1976 (NEPA). The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) directs the BLM to develop, maintain, and when necessary, to revise land use plans to provide for appropriate use of public land. The plan highlights goals and objectives for resource management and establishes measures needed to achieve those goals and objectives.

Resource Use Level

The level of use allowed within an area. It is based on the desired outcomes and land use allocations in the land use plan. Targets or goals for resource use levels are established on an area-wide or broad watershed level in the land use plan. Site-specific resource use levels are normally determined at the implementation level, based on site-specific resource conditions and needs as determined through resource monitoring and assessments.

Responsible line officer

A Forest Service employee with authority to select or carry out a specific planning action.

Responsible official

The Forest Service line officer with the authority and responsibility to make decisions regarding the protection and management of inventoried roadless areas and other unroaded areas pursuant to [Subpart B-Protection of Roadless Areas].


The process of reestablishing, to the extent possible, the structure, function, and composition of ecosystems.


The process of completely rewriting the land use plan due to changes in the planning area affecting major portions of the plan or the entire plan.

Right-of-Way (ROW)

An easement or permit, which authorizes public land to be used for a specified purpose that generally requires a long narrow strip of land. Examples are roads, power-lines, pipelines, etc.

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