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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/10/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

Marking Pen Creek Prescribed Fire a Success:
Caution Urged for Burn Area


The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District Rawlins Field Office (RFO) treated approximately 4,500 acres with prescribed fire in the Marking Pen Creek area during the week of May 2. Residual burning and smoke may linger for a week or more. Visitors are advised to use caution as trees may continue to fall in the burned area.

The Marking Pen Creek area is on the south-southeast portion of the Seminoe Mountains, west of the North Platte River and Seminoe Dam and Reservoir and approximately 23 miles northeast of Rawlins. A map of the prescribed fire area is available at
http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/news_room/2011/april/27rfo-mpcburn.html.

The Marking Pen Creek burn is included in the 26,000 acre Seminoe Mountains prescribed fire project area and is part of a multi-phase treatment over a 10-year period. The Seminoe Mountains project will treat conifer-encroached aspen stands, mountain shrubs, reduce wildfire fuel loading, and improve overall habitat for wildlife, including the recently augmented bighorn sheep population. To learn more about the Seminoe Mountains prescribed fire project area, please visit http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire/rxfire/highdesert/seminoe.html.

Additional partners and funding sources for this ongoing project include the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Wild Sheep Foundation - Wyoming Chapter, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Wyoming Governors Big Game License Coalition.

For more information, please contact Chris Otto, RFO fuels specialist, at 307-328-4250 or chris_otto@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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