U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
|Release Date: 08/23/10|
BLM Plans Prescribed Burn in September
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn in September in the Red Creek grazing allotment in the Little Red Creek drainage located approximately 40 miles southeast of Rock Springs.
BLM plans to treat approximately 400-1,000 acres of primarily decadent aspen stands within a 2,300 acre burn block. Project objectives are to improve watershed condition, aspen health and maintenance, fisheries habitat conditions in Little Red Creek, reduce hazardous fuels and to improve terrestrial wildlife habitat.
The targeted burn area spans from the Tristate Monument west to Tepee Mountain. The southern boundary of the project is the Utah/Wyoming state line. The western boundary is BLM road #4415 (Little Red Creek to Clay Basin Meadows, Utah) and the southern and eastern boundary are formed by BLM road #4414 (Lizzy Springs). A map of the burn area may be viewed online: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire/rxfire/highdesert/littleredcreek.html.
In order to accommodate the opening dates for archery elk hunters in Hunt Area 32, the BLM plans to begin the Little Red Creek Prescribed Burn after Tuesday, Sept. 7. However, should weather forecasts indicate that the opportunity to conduct the project would be jeopardized, burning operations may start as early as Wednesday, Sept. 1. Efforts to complete this project in October 2009 were hampered by cold and wet weather which moved the project to this fall.
The prescribed burn will occur only within the Red Creek grazing allotment. The grazing permittee in the allotment has agreed to rest the project area from livestock grazing for two years after treatment.
Prescribed burn activity will occur in Elk Hunt Unit 32 which may affect hunting in the area for the two to three days the burn will occur. Signs have been posted along the boundary to alert public land users of the prescribed burn.
For further information contact Thor Stephenson at 307-352-0369.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. 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.
Rock Springs Field Office 280 Highway 191 North Rock Springs, WY 82901
|Last updated: 04-24-2012|
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