U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
Elko Field Office
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Date: May 9, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
Email: mbrown@nv.blm.gov
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-64


ELKO FIRE BREAK EXTENDED

Nearly one mile of new green strip/fire break protecting parts of northern Elko is being created thanks to a multi-agency partnership agreement.

Partners in the agreement include the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone (Elko Band), Eastern Nevada Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs, City of Elko, Nevada Division of Forestry, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office.

“The new Elko Colony Green Strip is adjacent to the golf course and will go a long way to helping protect the Elko Colony and Elko City,” said BLM Fire Management Officer Joe Freeland. “The agreement is among the first of its kind. In exchange for the green strip, the Elko Band of the TeMoak Tribe of Western Shoshone agreed to eliminate the use, storage, sale, or manufacture of fireworks on the Elko Indian Colony. This was a tribal resolution passed by the Elko Band in June 2006.”

The green strip will be created by mowing the tall vegetation this week. It will protect residences and businesses in the Elko Colony and City of Elko from wildfire. Similar green strips on the western edge of Elko were used in 2006 to prevent the spread of the Susie and Mudd Fires into residential areas.

The green strip will be 300 feet wide on ½ mile of public lands and 50 feet wide on ¼ mile of Indian Trust lands. Brush will be cut to a height of three to six inches using a tractor with a pull behind brush mower attachment. Seeding may be done as needed to maintain a fire resistant under story. The green strip will be monitored for periodic maintenance needs. Maintenance will consist of removing vegetation within the treated area by hand, mechanical equipment or grazing, as needed to remain effective.

“This is definitely a win-win scenario,” Freeland added. “We’re pleased to be able to extend this protection around Elko.”

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