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September 10, 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 two miles west of the Simplot phosphate pumping station adjacent to the Clay Basin Road (Sweetwater County road 62).

Burn operations will be conducted after Sept. 15 dependent on weather. Access roads to the project area will be signed. BLM requests the public avoid the area during operations for their own safety and that of BLM crews.

According to BLM Fuels Specialist Thor Stephenson “The objectives are to reduce excess sagebrush density in the project areas; to improve stream conditions, greater sage-grouse brood-rearing habitat, big game and livestock forage, increase plant diversity; and to reduce soil erosion.”

Approximately 300 acres are targeted for treatment within the 1,800 acre area. This is a portion of the East Richards Mountain prescribed burn project started in 2003. The project area will be rested from livestock grazing for two years following the treatment to allow for plant recovery. Cooperators in the project include Sweetwater County Fire Depart., private landowner Adam Lerrick, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. For more information please contact Thor Stephenson at 307-352-0369.