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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 01/05/11
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CC-11-19

BLM Plans Public Meetings on Fire Fuels Management at Pine Hill Preserve


The Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office will hold two meetings in January to discuss fire fuels management, including pile burning, at the Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County.

Meetings will be held Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., both at the Cameron Park Community Services District Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive.

“The meetings are offered to share information about management objectives, hear your input on our efforts to provide for public and firefighter safety, and discuss fuel reduction/pile burning activities planned to take place within the Cameron Park and Pine Hill units of the Pine Hill Preserve,” said Brian Mulhollen, BLM fuels management specialist.

Representatives from CALFIRE, BLM, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District and other organizations will be present to provide information about the different management issues at the Pine Hill Preserve and answer questions about efforts to conserve its unique ecosystems while developing strategies to decrease the risk and potential damage of wildland fires.     

As part of ongoing fuel management efforts at the Pine Hill Preserve, the BLM will burn vegetation cut and piled at strategic areas within fuel breaks along the boundaries of a 360-acre parcel at the Cameron Park unit and a 10-acre parcel of the Pine Hill unit. The fuel breaks were created during the last two years to enhance public and firefighter safety and protect valuable natural resources at the Pine Hill Preserve in the event of a wildland fire.

“The management of fuel loading at strategic areas of the Pine Hill Preserve allows us to reduce high levels of fuel near residences and will help us to protect the unique biological diversity that exists within the preserve lands,” Mulhollen said.

The BLM’s management goal is to restore and/or mimic in a responsible manner the natural habitat dynamics at the Pine Hill Preserve. The BLM has implemented successful alternatives to manage vegetation using different methods to suit the Cameron Park and Pine Hill communities and the Preserve needs. Pile burning previously cut vegetation will help to reduce the amount of fuels.

Additional information is available on the BLM Mother Lode Field Office website at www.blm.gov/ca/motherlode. You can also contact Mulhollen at Brian_Mulhollen@blm.gov (916) 941-3118 and/or Graciela Hinshaw, Pine Hill Preserve manager at ghinshaw@blm.gov(916) 941-3134.




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Last updated: 01-05-2011