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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Kemmerer Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/27/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Kemmerer Resumes Commissary Ridge Whitebark Pine Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office has initiated the second phase of a 253-acre tree mastication project on Commissary Ridge, 18 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyo.

Commissary Ridge is home to one of Wyoming’s southernmost stands of whitebark pine, a BLM Wyoming sensitive species. The stand is threatened by mountain pine beetle, white pine blister rust and subalpine fir, a more shade-tolerant conifer that directly competes with whitebark pine for light, water and nutrients, making the pine trees more susceptible to insects and disease.

Heavy equipment will remove and crush mountain pine beetle-infested whitebark pine as well as subalpine fir within a 50-foot radius of healthy whitebark pine trees. Approximately 75 acres of trees on the ridge were masticated in 2013.

Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to avoid operations which will continue until early October.

For more information, please contact BLM Forester Jason Sieg at 307-828-4556.



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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Kemmerer Field Office   430 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer, WY 83101  

Last updated: 08-27-2014