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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/09/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Pinedale Field Office Issues Decision on Miller Creek Fuels Treatment


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is issuing the environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and decision record (DR) for the 602 acre Miller Creek fuels treatment. Through its analysis, the BLM has concluded that vegetation, soil, wildlife habitat and other resources are at substantial risk of wildfire due to the buildup of fuels and is issuing this decision in full force and effect. 

The Miller Creek fuels treatment will use chainsaws or mechanized logging equipment to slash and pile conifers which are up to nine inches in diameter; the resulting slash piles will be burned at a later date when the wood has had time to cure. Conifer trees over nine inches in diameter will be removed from the area completely or girdled and left on site. In selected areas, mature aspens will be cut and scattered in order to promote suckering.

The fuels treatment is located within the 9,000 acre Wyoming Front Aspen Restoration Project (WFARP) in Sublette and Lincoln counties. This is the fifth treatment associated with the WFARP, a multi-year joint effort by the BLM and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to improve forest health and wildlife habitat in aspen and aspen-mixed conifer stands while reducing existing fuel loads and improving fuel breaks to reduce wildfire potential.

The project area is located within the Miller Mountain Management Area on the eastern front of the Wyoming Range and on the west side of Miller Mountain. The stands designated for treatment are on both sides of Miller Creek within the South LaBarge Common Allotment in Township 26 North, Range 115 West, Sections: 9, 10, 14, 21, 22 and 27.

The EA, FONSI and DR are available for viewing at the PFO at 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, Wyo. The issuance of these documents today initiates a 30-day appeal period. To a file an appeal, a written statement of reason must be mailed, faxed or delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to:

Shane DeForest, Field Manager
BLM Pinedale Field Office
PO Box 768
1625 W. Pine St.
Pinedale, WY 82941
Fax: 307-367-5329

Additional information on BLM Wyoming’s fuels program is available at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire.html.

For more information or to request copies of the EA, FONSI and DR, please contact Greg Reser, PFO natural resource specialist for fire and fuels, at 307-367-5350 or greser@blm.gov.



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Last updated: 08-09-2011