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Release Date: 01/10/14
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2014-10

BLM to Conduct Prescribed Burn North of Ely

Ely, Nev. – Weather conditions permitting, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is scheduled between Jan. 14 and March 31, 2014, to burn about 500 acres of slash piles remaining from a pinion-juniper tree-thinning project near Lages Junction and Schellbourne Pass in the Schell Creek Range, about 70 miles north of Ely.  Residents and motorists traveling on U.S. Highway 93 can expect to see smoke from the prescribed burn and there will be an increase in fire vehicle traffic in the area.

The Stonehouse Prescribed Burn is intended to reduce hazardous fuels accumulations to protect the watershed from potentially large, lethal wildfires; treat fuels to improve health and restore ecological stability, reduce or halt the encroachment of pinion-pine and Utah juniper trees to restore and promote wildlife habitat resiliency, and recycle nutrients and enhance species diversity of fire-adapted and fire-dependent vegetation.

For more information, contact Rob Frisk, BLM Ely District Prescribed Fire Specialist, or Cody Coombs, BLM Ely District Hazardous Fuels Program Manager, at (775) 289-1800.

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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