U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 02/16/10|
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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