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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/23/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Initiates Marking Pen Creek Prescribed Fire


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) anticipates optimal burn conditions and will initiate a 2,000 acre prescribed fire at Marking Pen Creek on the south-southeast portion of the Seminoe Mountains today.

Located 25 northeast of Rawlins, Wyo. and west of the North Platte River and Seminoe Dam and Reservoir, the 7,000 acre Marking Pen Creek project area is included in the 26,000 acre Seminoe Mountain prescribed fire project area and is part of a multi-phase treatment over a 10-year period.

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. Mountain mahogany, bitterbrush, sagebrush, aspen and conifers will be burned.

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 fire.

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 Chris Otto, RFO fuels specialist, at 307-328-4250.



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