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Release Date: 06/20/13
Contacts: BLM seeks public comments on proposed vegetation treatments south of Rifle (06-20-13)    

BLM seeks public comments on proposed vegetation treatments south of Rifle (06-20-13)

SILT, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management office in Silt now seeks public comment on proposed vegetation treatments south of Rifle to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuel loads. 

The proposed project area has experienced encroachment by Pinyon, Juniper and Oakbrush plant species that are less suitable for native wildlife.  Pinyon/Juniper and Oakbrush have also created conditions for increased fire behavior. The proposed project will target closed canopy stands of Pinyon/Juniper to increase winter forage for wildlife and thin available fuels.  

The proposed project is expected to take place later this summer through various treatment methods. There is potential for some of these areas to have high residual fuels from the treatments.  Each of these areas will be evaluated in the future to see if they would benefit from prescribed fire in the years to follow.

Comments are most helpful if received by our office by Aug. 5.  The project proposal can be found at

Please address your written comments to Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office, Attn:  Rusty Stark, 2300 River Frontage Rd., Silt, CO 81652.

Before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment--including personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.  If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment.  We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Sylvia Ringer at (970) 876-9062.


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: 06-20-2013