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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/14/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory, 307-315-0612    

PAPO Seeks Mesa Fertilization Public Comments


The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office (PFO), in conjunction with the Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO), is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for a two-part treatment of aerially applied nitrogen, not to exceed 80 lbs/acre, to 3,091 acres of sagebrush on the Mesa. The first application would be to approximately 1,000 acres in the fall of 2011; if proven successful, the remaining 2,091 acres may be treated in the fall of 2012. 

The proposed Mesa Sagebrush Fertilization Project (MSFP) is located entirely on public land approximately 10 miles southwest of Pinedale, Wyo., within the western portion of the Mesa on the northern part of the Anticline. The project is located within the Mesa Common and Luman Individual Allotments. The legal description of the project area is: T32N, R110W, Secs. 1, 2, 11, 12, 13 and 24; and T32N, R109W, Secs. 6, 7, 18 and 19. 

The project area is well documented for its importance to wintering mule deer from the Sublette Mule Deer Herd and has historically wintered 3,000-5,000 of these animals. Fertilization may help to offset direct and indirect habitat losses on and adjacent to natural gas development sites in the Pinedale Anticline Project Area by increasing sagebrush production, enhancing available winter forage and potentially increasing palatability and nutrient quality. 

In the fall of 2010, 468 acres to the north of this proposed MSFP area underwent fertilization treatment with the same goals and objectives; this Wyoming Game and Fish Department proposal, as approved by the PAPO Board of Directors, would expand on that project. 

The EA will analyze the effects of implementing the MSFP and the PAPO is seeking public comments to help identify potential issues, concerns, ideas and alternatives to be addressed in the EA. Mail or deliver written comments by July 15, 2011 to Theresa Gulbrandson, PAPO wildlife biologist, 1625 West Pine, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; or fax to 307-367-5329; or email to tgulbran@blm.gov with “Mesa Fertilization” in the subject line. 

For additional information, please visit www.wy.blm.gov/jio-papo/, http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/mesasage.html, or contact Dan Stroud, PAPO habitat biologist, at 307-367-5387 or dostroud@blm.gov.



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Last updated: 07-14-2011