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Release Date: 11/09/10
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Missoula BLM Presents Excellence Award To Pyramid Lumber

The Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office recently presented Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. of Seeley Lake, Mont., with an award for “Excellence in Stewardship.”

This is the first such award given by the Missoula Field Office to recognize stewardship contributions of a partner organization. The award, presented on Oct. 8, cites the hard work and outstanding dedication to conservation and stewardship that Pyramid Mountain Lumber demonstrated in support of the BLM’s Ghost Towns Stewardship Project, located in the Garnet Mountains.

The Ghost Towns Stewardship Project represents a significant commitment by the Bureau to protect the visiting public, private land in-holdings, and important historical and cultural resources associated with the Garnet and Coloma ghost towns from potential catastrophic wildfire. The project took seven years to complete and involved removing more than 22,000 tons of built-up hazardous fuels on 304 acres.

“The success of the project was due, in large part, to Pyramid Mountain Lumber’s commitment to stewardship excellence,” said Linda Cardenas, Missoula Field Office Assistant Field Manager. “From the very beginning of the working relationship, Pyramid Mountain Lumber was fully committed to making the project successful—both economically and from a resource protection standpoint. Pyramid and BLM built a partnership based on trust, cooperation, and mutual respect and, together, successfully completed this important project.”

A hazardous fuels reduction project of this magnitude, in such close proximity to significant cultural and historic resources, had never been attempted, Cardenas added.

Preliminary work, which began in 2003, included extensive archeology inventories, environmental assessments and implementation of a pilot project to determine overall feasibility of timber harvest in culturally-sensitive areas.

In 2008, the BLM awarded a Stewardship Contract to Pyramid Mountain Lumber which included selective timber harvest, biomass utilization, footbridge design and construction, and trail work. The project was completed in September 2010 and was so successful that the Missoula Field Office was awarded the prestigious BLM National Fire Management Award for 2010.

BLM credits success of the Ghost Towns Stewardship Project to the dedicated efforts of Gordy Sanders, Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company Resource Manager; who shared BLM’s message with the public about the need to proactively reduce hazardous fuels on the nation’s forested lands. The BLM had equally high praise for the professional operations management and project oversight conducted by Doug Wasileski. The BLM also acknowledged Park Logging Company and their operators for their care, diligence, and patience in protecting sensitive cultural features during logging operations.

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