BLM to implement Tamarack Fire Salvage Project

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Sierra Front Field Office has approved the implementation of the Tamarack Fire Salvage Project in accordance with Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The project will remove fire-killed trees that are near roads, trails, and camping areas within the Indian Creek Recreation Area, near Markleeville, CA. Intermittent traffic control could occur during tree falling operations near Airport Road and along the Curtz Lake trail from mid-July to mid-October.

 In July of 2021, the Tamarack fire burned 9,959 acres of Bureau of Land Management managed lands, of which only 130 acres are proposed for harvest to meet restoration goals of removing overhead hazards from dead trees and to prepare the areas for planting of tree seedlings.

“The goal of the Tamarack Fire Salvage Project is to remove fire-killed trees within striking distance to roads, trails, and camping areas in the Indian Creek Recreation Area before they become a public safety hazard,” said Kim Dow, Sierra Front Field Manager.

After the dead trees are removed from the harvest units, the BLM plans to plant a mixture of tree species on approximately 400 acres in the next two to five years. Removal of dead trees also allows reforestation personnel to safely operate within the planting units to maintain the survival and growth of planted trees. The reforestation project will focus on the goals of creating a healthy, ecologically diverse, and fire resilient fuel break along the main access road into the Indian Creek Campground.

This forest management decision is effective today and the BLM will proceed with the timber sale contracting process and plans to competitively offer the salvage timber within the next 30-60 days from the date of this decision. For more details on the project, please go to

If you have questions, please contact Paul Fuselier at or 775-885-6177


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Lisa Ross