U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 01/25/10|
BLM Seeks Comment on Tin Can Hill EA
The Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana Fire Zone is accepting public comments concerning the Tin Can Hill Vegetation Treatment Units A, C, & D Environmental Assessment.
The proposed action is located in the Tin Can Hill area of Petroleum County, north east of Winnett, MT. Work is scheduled to begin this spring.
The BLM is proposing toutilize prescribed fire andmechanical thinning, which may include grinding, hand slashing, and the commercial sale of timber, in order to reduce fuel loadings and improve or maintain forest health.
This proposal includes treating 1,350 acres with prescribed fire in order to reduce ladder fuels, and the associated threat of high severity wildfire, while maintaining mature ponderosa pine stands.
Mechanical treatments will occur over the course of several years on about 500 acres.
The treatment on approximately 70 of those 500 acres may include the commercial sale of timber, and will focus on the removal of small diameter conifers to reduce ladder fuels and overall stand density, while maintaining mature trees.
The comment period will last for 30 days and end on Wednesday, February 16, 2010.
Interested parties may request a copy of the EA from the BLM Lewistown Field Office. For additional information contact Pat Harty, fuels specialist at 406-538-1983 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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