U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
By Cindy Allen, Forester, & Amanda Jones, Clerk, Casper Field Office, & Lesley A. Collins, Public Affairs Specialist, High Plains District
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office (CFO) has a 1,243-acre Environmental Education Area (EEA) on Muddy Mountain. Within this area, the CFO sells firewood, posts and poles. One of the primary goals is to protect the recreational infrastructure - campgrounds and nature trail - by reducing the fuel build-ups - which include infested trees - and creating a healthy forest by creating a diverse plant culture in the area.
Wyoming Wood ‘N Works
Much of the wood Dierenfeldt uses was killed by insects and or disease. He favors this type of wood because it is filled with character. The characteristics of blue stain, tunnels and holes produced by the insects, make the wood more valuable to this furniture maker.
These two contractors have assisted BLM in continuing to manage the forest in the EEA and have helped BLM accomplish many of its Healthy Forest objectives. According to BLM Forester Cindy Allen, “With the continued growth of the economy in the Casper area, the Muddy Mountain EEA is receiving more pressure to meet public needs for recreation and wood products. These contractors have overcome the lack of forest product markets in the area and have created their own niche, therefore, assisting the BLM and the public in the recreational and forest needs for this area.”
|Last updated: 11-25-2009|
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