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April 22, 2008

    Thor Stephenson

BLM Conducts Prescribed Burn

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a prescribed burn in Pigeon Basin located on the south side of Richards Mountain. It is within the Red Creek grazing allotment approximately 2 miles west of the Simplot Phosphate pumping station adjacent to the Clay Basin Road (SWC 62).

Burn operations will be conducted once weather and access allow for operations to commence. Additional public notice will occur prior to the beginning of operations. Access roads to the project area will be signed. The public should avoid the area during operations for their own safety and that of BLM crews.

Rock Springs Field Office Fuels Specialist Thor Stephenson said, “The objectives are to reduce excessive sagebrush density in the project areas; to improve stream hydraulic conditions, greater sage-grouse brood-rearing habitat, big game and livestock forage, groundwater recharge, increase vegetative diversity; and to reduce accelerated soil erosion.”

Approximately 300 acres are targeted for treatment within the 1800-acre project area. This project is a smaller portion of the East Richards Mountain prescribed burn conducted in 2003, which was not completed at that time. The project area will be rested from livestock grazing for two years to allow for adequate vegetative recovery. Cooperators in the project include Sweetwater County Fire Department, Adam Lerrick landowner and grazing permittee, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Please contact Thor Stephenson at 307-352-0369 with questions or comments.

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