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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/30/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Issues Ferris Mountain Prescribed Fire Treatment and
Management of Unplanned Ignitions 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 environmental assessment (EA) of the 42,576 acre Ferris Mountain prescribed fire project as well as management of unplanned ignitions.

The BLM, along with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District, plans to conduct a multi-phase prescribed fire treatment on approximately 12,500 to 22,000 acres of federal, state, and private lands within the project area over a 10 to 20-year period.

The project area is approximately 30 miles north of Rawlins, Wyo. The majority of the proposed treatments will occur within the Ferris Mountain Wilderness Study Area and include the Bar Eleven #10205, Buzzard #10201, Cherry Creek #10103, Ferris Mountain #10207, Muddy Creek Pasture #02027, Pole Mountain #10215 and Stone #10221 grazing allotments.

The prescribed fires will 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 Ferris 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 treatment.

The EA, 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
1300 N. Third St.
Rawlins, WY 82301
Facsimile: 307-328-4224

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

For more information, contact Andy Warren, supervisory rangeland management specialist, at 307-328-4271 or Mike Murry, rangeland management specialist, at 307-328-4253.



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: 04-24-2012