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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 12/09/13

BLM to burn slash piles

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. --- The BLM South Dakota Field Office will be burning slash piles on BLM-administered lands in Meade and Lawrence counties beginning this week and continuing as weather conditions permit.  

Pile burning will take place on the Fort Meade Recreation Area near Sturgis and by the Englewood and Wilderness subdivisions south of Lead.

There are approximately 1,000 acres which have piles of non-marketable timber and debris that will be burned, said BLM Fire Management Specialist Travis Lipp, based in Belle Fourche.

Burning will occur with a minimum of two inches of snow cover and as predicted weather conditions permit. Smoke may be visible and will be monitored to minimize impacts to sensitive areas.

The piles are a byproduct of projects initiated to improve habitat, reduce Pine beetle infestation and the threat of wildfire.

For more information call the BLM South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.7000.

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.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup St.      Belle Fourche, SD 57717  

Last updated: 12-10-2013