|December 20, 2006|
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Newcastle Fire Defense Zone Nominated for This fall, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office Fire Defense Zone was nominated for an Excellence in Ecosystem Management Award for Achievement in Community Protection and Assistance.
Excellence in Ecosystem Management Award
The BLM National Office of Fire and Aviation recognizes efforts to reduce risks and hazards by addressing and mitigating community wildfire vulnerability.
This award acknowledges offices or groups which have taken significant actions to protect the life, property, economic values, and natural resources of communities at risk to wildfire. It recognizes exceptional accomplishments and collaboration at all levels in leadership, planning, implementation, coordination, and/or maintenance efforts.
The Newcastle Fire Defense Zone is a hazardous fuel reduction treatment area which serves as a defensible space around the community of Newcastle, WY. This practice takes the concept of a “Defensible Space” around a home or single dwelling, and expands the concept to encompass an entire community. Recent fire dangers throughout the intermountain West have repeatedly demonstrated the need for this level of treatment in reducing fire threats in wildland urban interface areas.
This five-year project was a cooperative effort with the BLM, Wyoming State Forestry, private landowners, the community of Newcastle, and other local land management agencies. BLM has 1,750 acres in the fire defense zone and has treated 806 acres.
According to Newcastle Field Manager Vi Hillman, “The success of the Newcastle Fire Defense Zone relies on the coordination and support with other agencies and partners.”
The Newcastle Fire Defense Zone is a work in progress and will continue to be improved, built upon, and maintained as a viable range, timber, wildlife, recreation, and fire protection resource for the community of Newcastle, WY.