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Release Date: 06/18/09
Contacts: David Boyd, (970) 947-2832    

BLM to Reduce Forest Fuels Near Gypsum

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting fuels reduction work this summer at its Gypsum Campground and near the Sky Legend Subdivision above Gypsum. The projects will reduce wildfire hazards in these areas and will be conducted between June 22 and the end of September.

The 49-acre Sky Legend project is on public land bordering the Sky Legend Subdivision. Crews from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit will limb pinyon and juniper trees to reduce “ladder fuels,” which are limbs near the ground that can carry fire into the forest canopy. Some smaller trees will be thinned. Trimmed branches as well as dead and downed woody materials will be piled to be burned when fire danger is low.   
“Reducing the fuels in this area will help reduce the risk of a wildfire burning from public lands into the subdivision,” said Ody Anderson, BLM Fuels Specialist. “It will increase the safety of both the public and firefighters.”
At Gypsum Campground, crews will thin brush around campsites and remove some hazardous trees near the day-use area. Resulting slash will be chipped and hauled off-site. Crews will also spray noxious weeds.
For specific questions related to this project, contact BLM Fuels Specialist Ody Anderson (970) 309-4089.        

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-18-2009