September 21, 2008
Lander BLM Plans Fall Burn near Lysite Mountain
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn near Lysite Mountain this fall. The burn is tentatively scheduled for late September or the first part of October; however, the exact timing of the burn will depend upon weather conditions.
The planned burn is a continuation of the Lysite Mountain project, initiated in the fall of 2005.
“The goal for this year is to treat approximately 800 acres within an area that is a mixture of BLM, state and private rangeland,” said Tim Kramer, BLM Lander Field Office natural resource specialist.
The prescribed burn’s purpose is to improve mountain sagebrush habitat and reduce heavy fuel loading in the area, Kramer explained. “The burn will benefit big game species such as elk and mule deer as well as improving the forage base for livestock that seasonally use the area,” he said. The project will also enhance the habitat requirements for Greater sage grouse.
The area is approximately 15 miles north of Lost Cabin, east of Cottonwood Pass and north of the Sioux Pass road. The project is expected to take three to four days to complete, according to Kramer.
Local BLM fire crews will conduct the burns. For more information about the prescribed burns, contact Tim Kramer at (307)-332-8431 or Cal Anacker, Lander Field Office fuels management specialist, at (307)-332-4408.