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Date:  February 26, 2008
Contact:  Marilyn Krause  (406) 533-7617  

BLM Seeks Input On Wise River Area Vegetation Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Butte Field Office is seeking public comment on a forest health project on BLM lands south of Dewey between Wise River and Divide. The nearly 2500 acre project area is on the south side of Highway 43 and the Big Hole River.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit any issues or concerns for the environmental review by March 24 to terina_m_mullen@blm.gov.

The proposal is to treat the project area using a variety of methods including mechanical thinning, thinning using hand tools, prescribed fire, and helicopter thinning.

“The vegetation treatments will promote diversity and vigor within the forests,” commented project leader Terina Mullen. “We intend to reduce the hazard in the wildland urban interface and restore critical wildlife habitat.”

If you have questions about the project, or need a map of the proposal, contact Mullen at the BLM Buttte Field Office, 533-7665