Casper Mountain Forestry Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Casper Field Office (CFO), will implement the silviculture treatments in the forest /woodland stands, mountain shrub communities, and open meadows on the Laramie Mountain Range to encourage a mosaic of stands and vegetation with varying ages, density and species diversity to modify insect/disease movement, fire behavior and limit the size of escaped fires. Forest Health issues would be addressed by these treatments and alpine meadows would be encouraged, maintained and enhanced.
The project boundary includes all of what is commonly referred to as Casper Mountain and Coal Mountain, as well as a portion of the Laramie Range south of I-25 between Casper and Glenrock. The area between Casper and Glenrock includes Negro Hill and Banner Mountain.
Priority would be given to the areas that have been identified as currently presenting a fuel hazard in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), areas infested with insect and disease and/or mortality, alpine meadows, and areas accessible to the public for the removal of forest products. Since each species has different growth and stand characteristics, and some stands are a mixture of species, an array of prescriptions and treatments would be applied to consider these factors. This decision is consistent with the Record of Decision and Approved Casper Resource Management Plan, as amended.
The decision to implement this forest management project may be protested under 43 CFR 5003 – Administrative Remedies. As outlined in 43 CFR 5003 (a) and (b), protests of a forest management decision may be made within 15 days of the publication date of the decision notice and shall contain a written statement of reasons for protesting the decision. In accordance with regulations, this notice constitutes a decision for the purpose of protests, which must be filed by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on (Nov. 12, 2013), with Joe Meyer, Field Manager at the BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, W.Y. 82604. As interpreted by BLM, the regulations do not authorize acceptance of protests in any form other than a signed, paper document that is delivered to the physical address of the BLM office within the 15-day period. Therefore, e-mail, verbal, or facsimile protests will not be accepted.