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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
 
Release Date: 12/22/10
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Plans To Remove Hazard Trees, Reduce Fuels Along Travel Routes


The Bureau of Land Management plans to remove hazardous trees and reduce fuels along roadways that have been identified as primary and secondary travel routes for the public.  These routes originate on private property and cross portions of BLM-administered lands in Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis & Clark counties near Helena.

The purpose of this project is to remove available fuels, coinciding with the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group’s efforts to create access and egress routes through areas that could see active fire behavior when a wildfire occurs. The Mountain Pine beetle activity has contributed to large amounts of dead standing trees that may fall and limit travel on these routes.

The public is invited to submit comments or issues to be considered in the Environmental Assessment by Jan. 21, 2011. Comments should be submitted to: Tri-County Roadside Fuels Project, BLM, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte MT 59701 or by email to Gregory_Campbell@blm.gov.

These fuel modifications are intended to minimize the fire behavior along these routes by reducing fuel loading and modifying the fuel arrangement adjacent to roadways up to 250 feet on BLM-administered lands.    High fuel concentrations pose a greater risk for large fire events, with intense fire behavior that could threaten public evacuation and reduce firefighter access into these highly-populated areas. By removing the dead and dying trees and reducing the available fuels on the ground, the BLM would create access/egress routes that would be safer for travel in the event of a wildfire.

For more information on the treatment proposals including a map of the project area, contact Greg Campbell, project leader, at the Butte Field Office, (406) 533-7608.



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.
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