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Release Date: 10/11/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008    

BLM seeks public comment on Eagle Valley fuels reduction plan (10-11-12)

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment and involvement as it develops a comprehensive plan for reducing hazardous fuels for wildfires in the Eagle Valley.

The BLM is preparing a programmatic environmental assessment that will take a comprehensive look at managing vegetation on BLM lands across the Eagle Valley to reduce potential wildfires. Completing this programmatic EA will streamline the approval process for individual projects that would cover up to several hundred acres over the next 10 years or so.

Projects could include mechanical treatments such as a Hydro-axe, as well as prescribed fire and hand-cutting to thin trees and other hazardous fuels. The focus is to reduce the risk of large-scale wildfires that could enter private land from BLM lands, improve conditions for firefighter and public safety, and improve wildlife habitat and overall ecosystem health.

“We want to hear from the public about this plan. What types of projects do you support, and where?” said BLM Fuels Specialist Rusty Stark. “We also want to have the opportunity to answer questions from the public, so we are encouraging people to stop by our open house this month.”

The open house and presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Garden Level Room at the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway.
The programmatic EA is available on-line at

Written comments and questions should be directed to Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652.  Electronic comments may be submitted to  Comments will be most helpful if received by Nov. 9, 2012.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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.

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.

  2300 River Frontage Road      Silt, CO 81652  

Last updated: 10-11-2012