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Release Date: 09/04/13
Contacts: Brian Keating , 435-259-2194  

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Vegetation Removal Project in Ford Ridge Area

Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab and Price Field Offices invite the public to review and comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of a vegetation removal and restoration project. 
The EA analyzes a 6,840-acre project to thin conifer stands in heavily wooded areas in the Ford Creek/Diamanti Canyon area eight miles northwest of Helper, Utah. Treatments will include mechanical shredding, hand thinning and piling, prescribed burning, and fence and kiosk construction. The proposed project is needed to prevent the potential for catastrophic wildland fires that could threaten life, property, firefighter safety, and ecosystem health. It will also benefit wildlife by restoring aspen, grasses and shrubs. 
The EA is available for public review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at:; search for project name “Ford Ridge.”
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Sept. 30, 2013. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible.  Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.  Please reference “Ford Ridge Fuels Project” when submitting comments.
Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:
Bureau of Land Management
Canyon Country District Office
Attn: Fuels
82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For further information, contact Brian Keating at (435)259-2194. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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Last updated: 09-09-2013