TONOPAH FIELD STATION NO. 2007-058
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Marc Pointel, (775) 482-7850, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Ongoing for Tonopah Field Station
Nearly 16,000 acres of public land were burned during the 2006 wildland fire season near Beatty. BLM Tonopah Field Station personnel determined that treatments are needed to minimize threats to life and property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to resources that would not recover naturally. The fires also impacted desert tortoise habitat.
Approximately 50 straw bales, check dams and fiber rolls were used to stabilize the upper part of the watershed of the Sawtooth fire to reduce the displacement of soils and geological material. The goal of the stabilization project is to hold soil in place and reduce the potential effect of soil getting into the domestic water supply located in the lower part of the watershed.
Signs warning of flash flooding were placed at access points within the Sawtooth and Beatty fire areas to warn the general public of the potential hazard.
Drill seeding has been completed for the Sawtooth fire. Approximately 400 acres were seeded.
The Beatty fire area is expected to recover naturally. Re-growth of some of the vegetation was seen during this past winter and spring.