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October 23, 2007

Contact: Tim Kramer

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn 

The BLM Lander Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn near Lysite Mountain this fall. The burn is tentatively scheduled for late October; however the exact timing of the burn will depend upon weather conditions.

The planned burn is a continuation of the Lysite Mountain project, initiated in the fall of 2005. The goal this year is to treat approximately 500 acres within an area that is a mixture of BLM, state and private rangeland. The purpose is to improve mountain sagebrush habitat and reduce heavy fuel loading in the area. The burn will benefit big game species such as elk and mule deer as well as improving the forage base for livestock that seasonally use the area. The project will also enhance the habitat requirements for Greater sagegrouse. The area is approximately 15 miles north of Lost Cabin, east of Cottonwood Pass and north of the Sioux Pass road. The project is expected to take three to four days to complete.

Local BLM fire crews will conduct the burns. For more information about the prescribed burns, contact Tim Kramer, Natural Resource Specialist, at 307-332-8431 or Cal Anacker, Fuels Management Specialist at 307-332-4408.