March 9, 2009
Bruce Collins, 307-328-4329
BLM High Desert District Fire Zone
Plans Seven Spring Prescribed Burns
The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District Fire Zone is planning to conduct up to seven prescribed burns this spring, according to Aaron Mier, High Desert District fuels specialist, at the Rawlins Field Office.
The Prospect Mountain burn is located in the Platte Valley and will treat 225-530 acres of mountain shrubs. This is a joint project with the Medicine Bow National Forest Brush Creek Hayden Ranger District.
The Deep Gulch burn, located 15 miles northeast of Baggs, would treat 1200-1500 acres of dense, decadent mountain big sage, as well as stimulate aspen expansion and vigor.
The Barrett Ridge burn, 600-1000 acres, is located in the Platte Valley and will improve rangeland health, improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuel loading. Barrett Ridge is a continuation of treatments initiated the four previous springs.
The East Muddy prescribed burn, located 8 miles northeast of Baggs, will be 200-250 acres in size and is located north of the town of Baggs. This burn will also improve rangeland health, improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuel loading.
The Upper Separation prescribed burn, located 15 miles southwest of Rawlins, is approximately 500 acres. The burn will create a mosaic of age classes in old unproductive stands of mountain big sage and mountain brush, as well as stimulate aspen expansion and vigor.
“Smoke may also be observed from pile burning projects in previously thinned areas occurring near Bennett Peak and Whiskey Creek,” said Mier.
The ignition and timing of these prescribed burns is dependent on the weather and on fuels meeting the parameters of the burn prescription.
For more information about these prescribed burns contact Aaron Mier at 307-328-4200.
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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