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Malta Field Office
Release Date: 07/12/10
Contacts: Contact Rich Adams 406-654-5100    

BLM Completes Prescribed Burn Near Landusky

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fire crews, along with cooperators from the Fort Belknap Reservation, recently completed the Old Burn prescribed fire near Landusky, MT. 

The prescribed fire treated approximately 250 acres of BLM public land administered by the BLM’s Malta Field Office and was designed to reduce hazardous fuels near Landusky. The fire and thinning also improved forest health by maintaining a healthy stand of conifers, reducing the amount of conifer saplings that are encroaching into the historic meadows and improving wildlife habitat.

The majority of the project area was subjected to a severe wildfire in 1991, and as a result contained significant amounts of dead and downed woody fuels and various stands of ponderosa pine saplings. The ponderosa pine saplings on a portion of the project area had been thinned and hand piled by crews using chain saws in 2007. 

Prior to starting the prescribed fire, the project area was divided into smaller burn units with hand constructed control lines to provide for better control. 
“We’re pleased with the results of this prescribed fire. The Old Burn consumed a significant amount of the dead and downed hazardous fuels near Landusky. It also reduced the encroaching saplings and stimulated the growth of shrubs and grasses in the meadows. I also appreciate the adjacent landowners’ willingness to work with us on this project. The access they provided to the project area was instrumental in our effectiveness and lowering the project costs,” according to Rich Adams, the BLM’s Malta field manager.

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: 06-28-2012