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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/16/10
Contacts: John Seemann 406-538-1944    

BLM Seeks Comment on Gallatin Rapids EA


The Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana Fire Zone is accepting public comments concerning the Gallatin Rapids Prescribed Fire Environmental Assessment.

The proposed action is located about 14 miles north of Winifred, Montana, and includes approximately 10,140 acres. Of those about 6,630 acres are public lands within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument; about 1,790 are public lands within the Lewistown Field Office; 911 acres are state land; and 808 acres are private land.

The project area would be divided into six units and the proposed action would treat 50-70 percent of the small diameter conifers and dead and down woody fuels in each unit. This would create a mosaic pattern of burned and unburned vegetation. 

The objectives of this proposed action would be to reduce ladder fuels to lessen the risk of high severity wildfire, reduce conifer and juniper encroachment, stimulate the growth of forage and browse species; and improve rangeland condition, wildlife habitat and forest health. 

It would take several years to implement this plan and prescribed burning operations would generally occur in the spring or fall, when temperatures are cooler and soil moistures are higher. 

The comment period will end on March 4, 2010.

Interested parties may request a copy of the EA from the BLM Lewistown Field Office. For additional information contact John Seemann fuels specialist at 406-538-1944, or Steve Knox, fuels program manager at 406-538-1976.



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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