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March 26, 2009

Contact:
   Sarah Beckwith
   307-347-5207

Worland BLM Releases EA for 
Russian Olive Removal near Tenmile Subdivision

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is proposing to treat Russian olive on public land adjacent to the Tenmile Subdivision, approximately five miles northwest of Worland, Wyo., and the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposal is now available for public review and comment.

"The density of Russian olive in this area poses a fire risk to the homes in nearby Tenmile Subdivision," BLM Natural Resource Specialist Eve Warren said. "These treatments will help protect homes from wildfires, as well as increase forage for wildlife and livestock over time as Russian olive productivity decreases." To treat invasive Russian olive effectively on the project area's 67 acres of public land, BLM proposes to cut standing shrubs and trees to the ground level, treat the stumps chemically, and then monitor and retreat periodically to prevent sprouting.

The EA is available by visiting the BLM website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/wfodocs.html. Copies are also available at the Worland Field Office.

Comments should be addressed to Eve Warren, BLM-Worland Field Office, P.O. Box 119, Worland, WY, 82401 and postmarked by April 15, 2009. Comments can also be emailed to worland_wymail@blm.gov.

For more information about the proposed treatments, please contact Eve Warren at 347-5100.

 

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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