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March 2, 2009

   Lorraine Keith  307-352-0399
   Cara Farr  307-367-5339

 Volunteers Needed for Wildlife Project

Wildlife escape ladder in livestock water tank.

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Pinedale Field Office is looking for volunteers to assist in installing wildlife escape ladders in livestock water tanks to help prevent birds and small mammals from drowning.

The Pinedale Field Office, Jonah Interagency Mitigation and Reclamation Office (JIO) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) established a partnership to benefit wildlife in the Pinedale area, with BLM and JIO providing materials and FFA providing the labor to build 565 wildlife escape ladders. The escape ladders are available for free and may be installed on public or private lands.

"These ladders help prevent birds and small mammals from drowning in the tanks by providing an escape route from the slick-sided water tanks," said Chuck Otto, BLM Pinedale Field Office manager. "The escape ladders are especially effective in stock tanks in remote areas, and not only prevent wildlife deaths, but keep the water cleaner and healthier for livestock."

For more information or to volunteer to place escape ramps in stock tanks, please contact JIO Range Management Specialist Cara Farr at 307-367-5339, or the BLM Pinedale office 307-367-5300.

The BLM manages more land – 258 million acres – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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