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Safford Field Office
Release Date: 05/15/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    
  Damon McRae, 928-348-4508,    

Community Meeting Scheduled for May 23
Prior to Prescribed Burn at Aravaipa Canyon

Safford, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) will host a community meeting in Klondyke, Arizona, on May 23 to provide the east Aravaipa neighborhood an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Grover Prescribed Burn. Participants can ask questions about the burn and visit with BLM managers, fire personnel, and resources staff. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the BLM Klondyke Ranger Station, concluding at 7:00 p.m.

“We want residents of Klondyke and Aravaipa to understand the purpose and management of the burn before we start,” said Safford Field Manager Scott Cooke. “This will help to relieve concerns and give everyone an opportunity to ask questions.”

Staff from the BLM Safford Field and Gila District Fire Management offices plan to conduct the burn on the south rim of Aravaipa Canyon sometime between June 1 and June 30 when weather conditions match those desired for a safe and effective treatment.  The Grover Burn will be approximately 2,428 acres in the area east of Turkey Creek, south and west of Aravaipa Canyon on BLM public lands outside the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. 

Prescribed fire treatments are part of a BLM effort to restore, enhance, and, maintain the native desert grassland ecosystem found on the uplands of Aravaipa Canyon. Restoring the native grassland will improve wildlife habitat, increase watershed function, and preserve a valuable ecosystem found within the desert Southwest. 

For more information, please contact Diane Drobka, Public Affairs Specialist, at 928-348-4403 or Damon McRae, Fire Management Officer, at 928-348-4508.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 05-15-2013