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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/29/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory,    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Rawlins Field Office Issues
Seminoe Mountain Prescribed Fire Decision


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) is issuing the environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and decision record (DR) for the 26,000 acre Seminoe Mountain prescribed fire project area.

The BLM, along with the Bureau of Reclamation and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, plans to conduct a multi-phase prescribed fire treatment on approximately 9,000 acres of federal, state, and private lands within the project area over a 10-year period. The prescribed fires would be staged several years apart to allow for recovery.

The treatment is intended to reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire by eliminating existing fuel loads, creating natural fuel breaks, rejuvenating decadent aspen communities and improving upland vegetative health and diversity. The Seminoe Mountain project area is a popular recreation and hunting destination and includes antelope, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep crucial winter ranges which will benefit from the prescribed fires.

The EA, FONSI, and DR are available for viewing in the RFO public information room at 1300 N. Third Street, Rawlins, Wyo. The issuance of these documents today initiates a 15-day protest period. To a file a protest, a written statement of reason must be mailed, facsimiled, or delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to:

Dennis Carpenter, Field Manager
BLM Rawlins Field Office
1300 N. Third Street
Rawlins, WY 82301
Facsimile: 307-328-4224

To learn more about the Seminoe Mountain prescribed fire project area, please visit http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire/rxfire/highdesert/seminoe.html.

For more information, contact Mike Murry, rangeland management specialist, at 307-328-4253 or mmurry@blm.gov.



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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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