April 23, 2007
Contact: Rey Adame
BLM Schedules April 24 to Begin Vermillion Basin Prescribed Burn
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs office is planning to begin its prescribed burn the Vermillion Creek Prescribed Burn on Tuesday, April 24. The project is located on the north slope of Pine Mountain inside the Vermillion Creek Special Use Pasture.
Burn operations are planned to be conducted on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25. Access roads to the project area have been signed. "We ask that the public avoid 63.the area during operations for their own safety and that of BLM crews," said Thor Stephenson, fuels management specialist with the Rock Springs BLM.
"The objectives of the project are to reduce excessive sagebrush density in the pasture to improve; riparian conditions, increased water flow, fisheries habitat, sage grouse brood-rearing habitat, livestock forage, groundwater recharge, increase vegetative diversity, and to reduce accelerated soil erosion," added Stephenson.
Approximately 600 acres are targeted for treatment within the 1,800-acre pasture. The project area will not be used for livestock grazing for two years. This action allows for adequate vegetative recovery. Cooperators in the project include Sweetwater County Fire Department, Vermillion Ranch LP.
Funding has been provided by the Southwest Wyoming Sage Grouse Working Group (funding). Additional funding was recently provided by the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI).
Should you have any question or comments please contact Thor Stephenson at 307-352-0369.