News Release

For Release: May 1, 2008         
Contact:   BLM:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-08-48

BLM Offers Property Owners Fuels Reduction Permits

Property owners who share boundaries with Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered public lands may now apply for permits to clear flammable vegetation from public lands adjacent to their private property.
 
The BLM Redding Field Office will issue free "hazardous fuels reduction variance permits" valid for public lands in Butte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
 
Those interested can contact BLM Fire Education and Mitigation Specialist Jeremy Strait at the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100, or visit the office at 355 Hemsted Dr. in Redding.
 
"We know that it might be difficult or impossible for property owners to meet California’s 100-foot defensible space clearance requirement if their homes or outbuildings are close to the BLM property line," Strait said. "In some cases, these permits could help property owners improve their defensible space."
 
Strait said that permit applications will be considered individually and permits will be specifically written for each site.  Each will contain stipulations about the amount of area that can be cleared and the methods that can be used.
 
Because the work will be completed on public land, Strait said the BLM will inspect each area prior to issuing permits.  The BLM will complete any needed surveys for threatened and endangered plants and animals, cultural resources or other natural resources that require special attention or protection.
 
Strait said it is important for anyone interested to contact the BLM as soon as possible to get the permit process started.  He said permit applications received during fire season may take longer to process because agency personnel may be assigned to fires and not immediately available for site inspections and clearances.

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Redding Field Office     355 Hemsted Dr.     Redding, CA  96130