Adaptive Management Areas. An Option 9 designation for certain lands in the National Forests. In the Umpqua NF, our AMA straddles the North Umpqua Ranger District of the UNF, and the Scott Resource Area of the BLM. Our AMA is in an area of hammered watersheds (lots of clear-cuts). The Option 9 definition of an AMA is: "Adaptive Management Areas are landscape units designated to encourage the development and testing of technical and social approaches to achieving desired ecological, economic, and other social objectives." In other words, the local community is supposed to have a greater say in what happens there, and its objective is to test other Option 9 land designations (such as matrix) as to the effect of allowable management activities on the ecosystem. Our AMA called "Little River AMA" is 91,800 acres, and is one of 10 AMA's in the range of the spotted owl. Each has their own emphasis. Ours is: "Development and testing of approaches to integration of intensive timber production with restoration and maintenance of high quality riparian habitat." We've all asked ourselves - How can we have 'intensive timber production' and 'high quality riparian habitat'