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February 18, 2009

   Sarah Beckwith

Lander BLM Plans Rangeland Management Treatments,
Seeks Public Comments

Map of the Beaver Creek Watershed Vegetation Treatment Area.

Map of the Beaver Creek Watershed Vegetation Treatment Area - click on the map to view or download a 768p x 994p version.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office plans to conduct a long-term vegetation treatment project within the Beaver Creek watershed and is asking for public comments on the proposal.

The project is a cooperative effort between the BLM, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and private landowners. A combination of mechanical, chemical and prescribed burn treatments will be used to treat approximately 7,000 acres within the 35,000 acre project area, located approximately 27 miles east of Lander and seven miles west of Sweetwater Station. If implemented, the work would be conducted during the next five to ten years.

"These treatments will improve the condition of mule deer winter range, reduce hazardous natural fuels loading and improve overall ecological health within the Beaver Creek watershed area," BLM Natural Resource Specialist Tim Kramer said. "We welcome any questions or comments the public may have as we continue to plan for this project."

The proposed treatment areas are in sagebrush, juniper woodland and riparian habitat and are part of the Lander Slope Mule Deer Habitat Improvement Project. Within the past two years, work on this larger project has involved cutting juniper, mowing sagebrush and using the herbicide tebuthiuron to thin over-mature sagebrush stands. In addition to these treatments, Wyoming-designated noxious weeds Russian olive and salt cedar will be removed from the Beaver Creek watershed. Small prescribed burn treatments may also be employed.

Though comments or questions related to this proposed project are welcome at any time, they will be most effective if received by March 27, 2009. For more information about the proposed vegetation treatments within the Beaver Creek watershed, please contact BLM Fuels Specialist Cal Anacker at (307) 332-4408, Tim Kramer at (307) 332-8431, or Wyoming Game and Fish Terrestrial Biologist Carrie Dobey at (307) 332-2688.

The BLM manages more land – 258 million acres – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.