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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 03/05/12
Contacts: Tim Bradley , (530) 224-2100 (tsbradle@blm.gov) or  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 (jfontana@blm.gov)  
News Release No. NC-12-36

BLM Seeking Public Comments on Fuel Treatment Proposals


The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on proposed projects aimed at reducing wildfire risk and improving forest health that are being planned for the Redding region over the next five to 10 years.

“We are proposing a variety of approaches, including building and expanding fuel breaks, thinning brush and small trees by hand and with equipment, burning piles of brush the tree limbs and using prescribed fires to reduce heavy buildups of brush,” said Dennis Benson, acting manager of the BLM Redding Field Office.

In the Chappie-Shasta Off Highway Vehicle Area north of French Gulch, the BLM proposes thinning projects and prescribed fires to expand shaded fuel breaks along ridgelines and other areas covering about 750 acres.  Crews would also create shaded fuel breaks along off-highway vehicle trails using hand thinning, mechanized equipment pile burning techniques.

In the Middle Creek area, plans are being considered to use machinery to thin brush and small trees, improvement fire safety.

The BLM also proposes burning piles of dead vegetation created during trail construction over the past year years.

Details and environmental analysis documents are available for review by contacting the BLM Redding Field Office at (530) 224-2100.  The BLM will also welcome public suggestions for BLM-managed public land areas that should be included in the project area list.

Comments should be sent to BLM Fire Management Officer Tim Bradley at tsbradle@blm.gov.  He can be reached by telephone at (530) 225-2100.

The Redding BLM office has been completing fire hazard reduction projects along trails and roads in the region for the past several years, usually completing about 100 acres of treatments each year.




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Last updated: 03-05-2012