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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Richfield Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/10/13
Contacts: Yanavey McCloskey , 435-865-3032  

BLM Richfield Prepares the Normal Year Fire Stabilization and
Rehabilitation Plan for the Next Decade


Richfield, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fire Management Division for the Richfield Field Office and Henry Mountain Field Station, announces public scoping for the update of the Normal Year Fire Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan (NYFSRP).  The plan summarizes potential post-fire management actions on BLM-managed lands throughout the Field Office area. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the environmental analysis.
 
During a “normal fire year” an average of 28 wildfires occurs within the 2.1 million acres of public land managed by the Field Office, resulting in 6,000 to 8,000 acres each year of disturbed and potentially damaged land. Having an NYFSRP in place when fires occur can streamline the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) process and enable timely on-the-ground treatments consistent with the urgent nature of post-fire stabilization and rehabilitation.
 
The NYFSRP is developed for landscape level treatments and authorizes ESR actions that may be implemented after a wildland fire. The current Richfield Field Office NYFSRP has been invaluable and used to implement several individual ESR treatments following wildland fires.  However, it has been determined that an update to the NYFSRP is needed to address recent changes in national, state, and local guidelines and policy.
 
The BLM in collaboration with other Federal and State agencies is putting together the ten-year plan, with an accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA).
 
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Written comments can be mailed to the Richfield Field Office, 150 East 900 North, Richfield, UT 84701 or submitted to: mmadariaga@blm.gov.  The scoping period will end June 9, 2013.

For more information please contact Matt Madariaga, Fuels Specialist at, 435-896-1593. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the BLM during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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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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Richfield Field Office   150 East 900 North      Richfield, UT 84701  

Last updated: 05-10-2013