BLM seeks public comment on proposed Lake Havasu Field Office vegetation management plan


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Lake Havasu Field Office

Media Contact:

Michelle Hunt, public affairs specialist

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office is seeking public input on an environmental assessment analyzing a Programmatic Vegetation Management Plan. The purpose of the plan is to maintain and improve ecological conditions in vegetation communities on public lands within the field office area by using an integrated treatment approach. Treatments would improve biological diversity and ecosystem functionalities, preserve public access and address high risk fuel areas.

This plan would allow BLM personnel to use integrated treatment methods including manual, mechanical, prescribed fire, and chemical treatments. Treatments would take place on up to 500 acres per year. The number of acres treated would vary from year to year. Acres treated will depend on funding, resource inventories, restoration needs, and variability in noxious weed growth due to climate conditions.

“I am excited about the potential to benefit plants, wildlife, and people as a result of this vegetation management plan,” said Colorado River District Manager William Mack. With these actions, we will see a reduction in the risk of wildfire encroachment into recreational and residential areas, protect the habitat of many species of birds, other wildlife, and native plants, and inhibit the proliferation of invasive weeds.”

The environmental assessment analyzes the implementation of the vegetation management plan and was developed to describe treatment methods and actions needed to manage vegetation resources throughout the Lake Havasu Field Office area.

The BLM is requesting public comments on the environmental assessment and has made the document available for review and public comment on the BLM National NEPA Register and at the Lake Havasu Field Office, 1785 Kiowa Avenue, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 during normal business hours.

For further information please contact the Lake Havasu Field Office at 928-505-1200.

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.