U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Desert District Office
|Release Date: 03/21/13|
BLM High Desert District Plans Prescribed Fires
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) plans to conduct several prescribed fires this spring contingent upon fuel moisture and weather meeting optimal burn conditions.
The prescribed fires are designed to improve wildlife habitat, including open water areas for waterfowl, increase livestock forage and distribution, enhance rangeland and woodland vegetation health, and reduce hazardous fuels by targeting stands of sagebrush, mountain shrubs, aspen, and conifers, as well as dense stands of wetland vegetation. Burning the overstory shrubs and trees also opens up the areas for grasses and forbs and new, more palatable and nutritious shrubs and aspen. Burning understory vegetation beneath ponderosa pine stands removes encroaching, competing species, and clears the area of heavy fuels, which improves the overall health of the forest. The planned burns include:
Iron Mountain: Nearly 800 acres of mountain mahogany, bitterbrush, and sagebrush within the 6,250 acre project area of public and deeded lands approximately 30 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Morgan Creek: Approximately 350 acres of mixed mountain shrubs, conifers, and understory vegetation beneath ponderosa pine stand along the Seminoe-Alcova back-country byway south of Miracle Mile roughly 30 miles northeast of Rawlins. This area was impacted by the 2012 Seminoe wildfire in the Seminoe Mountains where wildfire exhibited extreme fire behavior in the ponderosa pine and mountain shrubs. The treatment is part of the overall strategy to improve wildlife habitat and treat hazardous fuels which could threaten nearby structures throughout the Seminoe mountain range.
Red Wash Wetlands: About 370 acres of cattail vegetation in the Red Wash wetland complex 20 miles north of Baggs, Wyo., along Highway 789.
Prospect Mountain: Roughly 350 acres of mixed mountain shrubs and aspen stands in mule deer and elk transitional ranges along the edge of the Medicine Bow National Forest north of the Wyoming/Colorado state line southeast of Riverside, Wyo. This is a continuation of a prescribed burn which began in 2008 to improve forage production and seasonal wildlife habitat by removing dense, over-mature shrubs and replacing them with new grasses, forbs, and mountain shrubs, thus increasing the shrub mosaic and “edge” habitat.
Partners in the fuel treatments include the private landowners, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Little Snake River Conservation District, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Hunters and recreationists are advised to avoid these areas during prescribed fire operations. For more information, please contact HDD Fuels Specialist Chris Otto 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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
High Desert District Office 280 Highway 191 N. Rock Springs, WY 82901
|Last updated: 03-25-2013|
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