March 9, 2006
Contact: Mary L. Wilson
Upcoming BLM Prescribed Burns
The Rawlins Field Office of the BLM is partnering with local ranchers, private landowners and Wyoming State Forestry to implement a series of prescribed burns.
The first prescribed burn will take place east of Rawlins in the Windy Ridge area. Objectives of the prescribed burn include improving sage grouse and big game habitat conditions, reducing hazardous fuel buildup in the long-term absence of fire, and improving forage base for livestock using the area seasonally. The BLM plans to treat approximately 600-1400 acres east of Rawlins, by Riddle Creek.
The Homestead burn will treat 600-800 acres, and east of Savery, Wyo., to improve big game crucial winter range and livestock grazing and reduce hazardous fuel buildup. The Little Sandstone burn will treat 200 acres along Savery Creek to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuel buildup in the long-term absence of fire, and improve forage base for livestock using the area seasonally.
The Coad Mountain burn, treating 500 acres, will be the first phase of a multi-year treatment intended to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuel buildup, and improve livestock grazing. The Upper Separation Creek burn to treat 1100 acres will take place southwest of Rawlins. The primary objective of this burn is to regenerate decadent aspen stands.
Burns will be conducted between mid-March and mid-April, after the snow is mostly off the ground and before vegetation starts to turn green.