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Lander Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/06/13
Contacts: Peggy Truman    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Lander Seeks Input on Hadsell Watershed Prescribed Burn


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office (LFO) is seeking public input on a proposed prescribed burn on the south slope of Green Mountain, near Jeffrey City.

The proposed prescribed burn would occur within a project area of approximately 10,000 acres, with an objective of burning between 3,000-5,000 acres of BLM and state of Wyoming lands along the foothills of the south side of Green Mountain, between the Anaconda Road and the Willow Creek – Crooks Creek Divide. The proposed project would begin in 2013 and would continue for several years during spring or late fall when conditions are suitable for controlled burning.

According to BLM Natural Resource Specialist Tim Kramer, prescribed burns can reduce a hazardous build-up of natural fuels in an effective and cost efficient manner and therefore lessen the probability of a severe wildfire.

“As the Sheep Creek wildfire that occurred last summer on the southwest side of Green Mountain demonstrated, a build-up of natural fuels can make the spread of fire difficult to control,” Kramer said. “Implemented under the controlled prescribed fire periods of spring and late fall, this prescribed burn will help firefighters prevent the spread of wildfire into dense lodgepole pine stands on top of Green Mountain, protect oil and gas infrastructure and reduce fuels in the vicinity of vacation cabins and ranch structures. The treatment will also enable us to safely use existing two-track roads as anchor points to stop the spread of wildfire to the north and east.”

An added benefit of the prescribed burn would be the improvement of mountain shrub habitat, critical for species that are dependent on this type of habitat such as pronghorn, mule deer, Greater Sage-Grouse and other birds including Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow and Sage Sparrow.

The project would be a cooperative effort involving the BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Lands Board and grazing permittees.

The LFO will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the use of controlled burning for hazardous fuels management. An analysis of impacts to key resource values within the area, including but not limited to soil and water resources, vegetation resources, air resources, weeds, wildlife and special status species, wild horses and livestock grazing will be completed as a part of this analysis. More information including a map of the project area can be found at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/hadsell-rxburn.html

Though comments or questions related to prescribed burning within the Hadsell Watershed are welcome at any time, they will be most effective in the preparation of the EA if received by June 21, 2013. Comments may be emailed to:lander_wymail@BLM.gov (please include "Hadsell Watershed Prescribed Burn" in the subject line) or mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Tim Kramer, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.

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 can 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 more information, please contact Kramer at 307-332-8400 or tkramer@blm.gov
 



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: 05-06-2013