April 18, 2007
Contact: Bruce Collins
Lander BLM plans aspen regeneration treatments
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is planning to conduct a series of aspen regeneration treatments on Green, Crooks and Whiskey Mountains in southeastern Fremont County. The project will remove competing conifer from selected aspen stands, allowing young aspens to establish. Many of the aspen stands in this particular area are dying out and have very few young aspen trees, according to BLM Natural Resource Specialist Tim Kramer.
The aspen treatments would be conducted by private contractors and BLM personnel using chainsaws and, potentially, other mechanized equipment during the spring and summer months. Follow-up burning of slash piles would be conducted during the winter months. Following treatment, project areas will be fenced or slash barriers will be constructed to allow young aspen to re-establish. Treated stands will need three to seven years of protection after the proposed conifer removal treatments to allow sufficient recovery of young aspen trees, Kramer explained.
Healthy aspen stands, important to a variety of wildlife species, make-up only a small percentage of the forested area on Crooks, Green, and Whisky Mountains. The goal is to treat between 800-1,000 acres during the estimated 10-year project period. The majority of the proposed treatments would take place on BLM-administered land, with the potential for some treatment on private and state land if approved by private landowners or the state lands department. The treatments will also reduce hazardous fuels loading within these forested areas and potentially alter fire behavior in the event of a wildfire.
For more information or to submit comments about the proposed aspen regeneration treatments on Crooks, Green and Whiskey Mountains, please contact Tim Kramer, natural resource specialist, Lander Field Office, 307-332-8431 or by e-mail at Tim_Kramer@blm.gov.
Comments are welcome at any time, but can best be used in this planning effort if received by May 21, 2007.