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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/14/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

Pinedale Field Office Issues Muddy Creek Spike Treatment Decision


The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office (PFO) has issued the finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and decision record (DR) for an environmental assessment (EA) of the 300 acre Muddy Creek Spike Treatment in Lincoln County, Wyo.

This aerially applied pelleted herbicide treatment will reduce the amount of mountain big sagebrush in the project area by 50 percent over a period of one to five years. Habitat quality has decreased due to shrub maturity and decadence and the lack of structural and age stratification. This treatment will increase forage variety, quantity and quality and improve the big sagebrush and mountain shrub age-class structure. The resultant vegetative diversity will benefit wildlife and livestock, improve winter and transitional habitat for mule deer and reduce wildfire fuel loads.

The project area is located 10 miles southwest of LaBarge, Wyo. in the South LaBarge common allotment within the western portion of the Muddy Creek watershed in Township 25 North, Range 114 West, Sections 2-4, 9-11 and 14-15.

The EA, FONSI and DR are available for viewing at the PFO at 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, Wyo. or www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/muddy.html. 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
P.O. Box 768
1625 W. Pine St.
Pinedale, WY 82941
Fax: 307-367-5329

For additional information, please contact PFO Wildlife Biologist Rusty Kaiser at 307-367-5317 or rkaiser@blm.gov.



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Last updated: 09-14-2011