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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 10/26/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Issues Powder Mountain Spike Treatment Decision


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) is issuing the finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and decision record (DR) for the 8,529 acre Powder Mountain Spike Treatment project.

The BLM, along with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Little Snake River Conservation District, plans to conduct a mountain shrub (bitterbrush) enhancement treatment on approximately 3,200 acres of federal lands within the project area during the next two to three-years.

The project area is approximately 30 miles west of Baggs, Wyo. The proposed treatment will occur within the Powder Mountain #10519 grazing allotment.

The treatment was proposed and designed jointly by the BLM and WGFD to improve habitat conditions in the Baggs mule deer herd crucial winter range. It is designed to enhance the health of existing sagebrush/mountain shrub communities by diversifying the age class structure and arrangement, increasing herbaceous and forb production and encouraging bitterbrush production and vigor. The treatment will also reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire by decreasing existing fuel loads, creating natural fuel breaks, rejuvenating decadent mountain shrub communities and improving upland vegetative health and diversity. The Powder Mountain project area is a popular recreation and hunting destination and includes antelope, elk, and mule deer crucial winter ranges which will benefit from the treatment.

The FONSI and DR are available for viewing in the RFO public information room at 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins, Wyo. These documents are in full force and effect and their issuance 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
P.O. Box 2407
Rawlins, WY 82301
Facsimile: 307-328-4224

For more information, please contact Andy Warren, supervisory rangeland management specialist, at 307-328-4271 or a75warre@blm.gov or Chris Otto, fuels specialist, at 307-328-4250 or c75otto@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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Last updated: 10-28-2011