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High Desert District
Release Date: 07/02/10
Contacts: Beverly Gorny, 307-352-0205    

Prescribed Burn for the Wyoming Range a Success:
Caution Urged for Burn Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District treated approximately 2,743 acres of conifer-encroached aspen stands with prescribed fire in the Red Canyon Allotment during the week of June 21. There is still residual burning in the area, which lies approximately 17 miles northwest of Big Piney and 30 miles west of Pinedale, and it may continue to smoke for a month or more. Visitors to the area are advised to use caution as trees may continue to fall in the burned area.

Prescribed fire is a part of the Wyoming Front Aspen Regeneration Project, a multi-year stewardship agreement between BLM and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to treat conifer-encroached aspen stands along the Wyoming Range Front. The goals of the Red Canyon prescribed fire are to reduce the hazardous fuels within mechanically treated aspen stands and stimulate aspen regeneration to improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

Additional partners and funding sources for this ongoing project include the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, and Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative.

For more information, please call Greg Reser at 307-367-5350.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 07-02-2010