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Wind River - Bighorn Basin District Office
Release Date: 03/08/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns Throughout Bighorn Basin

The Worland and Cody Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to conduct prescribed burns and mechanical vegetation treatments at various locations in the Bighorn Basin this spring.

prescribed burn reduces hazardous buildup of fuels.

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Small prescribed burns will be conducted east of Shell and north of Hwy. 14/16/20, on Little Mountain east of Lovell along the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains, and south of Meeteetse in the Absaroka Hunter Management Area.

Also planned this year are a number of mechanical vegetation treatments throughout the basin. The projects include sagebrush mowing, aspen enhancement, juniper thinning and Russian olive removal. Funding for these projects comes from a variety of public and private sources.

Prescribed burns create a mosaic of burned and unburned areas which improves wildlife habitat and increases forage production for livestock. Burns can reduce the hazardous build-up of fuels which lessens the probability of a severe wildfire, remove slash from mechanical vegetation treatments, and stop the conversion of productive grasslands into pine and juniper woodlands.

"In addition, sage-grouse will benefit from these prescribed juniper burns and mechanical treatments," said Cody Rangeland/Fuels Management Specialist Jack Mononi. "The mosaic of small treatment patches in larger sagebrush areas and juniper removal improve nesting and early and late brood rearing habitat for sage-grouse."

For more information, or to participate in the planning of prescribed burns and vegetation projects for 2011 and 2012, contact Ecologist Rance Neighbors in the Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100 or Jack Mononi in the Cody Field Office at 307-578-5900.

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The BLM manages more land - 253 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.

Wind River - Bighorn Basin District Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401-0119  

Last updated: 03-08-2010