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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 10/17/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Sublette Mule Deer Mitigation Project;
Field Tour and Public Meeting Scheduled


Public comment is being sought on a joint proposal between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to improve the quantity and quality of habitat in the Sublette Mule Deer Herd Unit with focus on the Ryegrass, Soapholes and Mesa areas.

The “10-Year Sublette Mule Deer Mitigation Plan” proposal is in response to the decline of mule deer on the Mesa winter range and is associated with the 2008 Pinedale Anticline Project Area Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision. It can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/sublette.html.

A field tour to examine representative sites proposed for treatment will be conducted on Thursday, Nov. 1, departing at 10 a.m. from the BLM Pinedale Field Office at 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, Wyo. Those wishing to join the field tour should respond to egdecker@blm.gov or call 307-367-5386 by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Participants should bring a lunch and will need to provide their own transportation.

Also on Nov. 1, a public meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Pinedale Field Office to provide information on the project’s proposed vegetation treatments and gather public comments.

An environmental assessment will be prepared to analyze the proposal, including recommendations for invasive plant species reduction, herbicide applications, reseeding, mechanical treatments, prescribed burning, and post-treatment management. The majority of proposed vegetation treatments are located in arid sagebrush communities, with some occurring in aspen, mixed mountain shrub and riparian communities.

The BLM is seeking constructive public comments to help identify additional treatment locations, options, potential issues, concerns, ideas, alternatives, or other mitigation options which can help meet the goals of increasing sagebrush and other mountain shrub productivity while enhancing forb and grass composition and diversity. In addition, a few projects are targeted at improving habitat which may influence Greater Sage-Grouse productivity.

Comments can be mailed or delivered to Eric Decker, PAPO, 1625 W. Pine St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; faxed to 307-367-5329; or emailed to egdecker@blm.gov with “Sublette Mule Deer Mitigation” in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For further information, please contact Eric Decker at 307-367-5386.



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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Pinedale Field Office   1625 West Pine Street      Pinedale, WY 82941  

Last updated: 10-17-2012