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Kemmerer Field Office
Release Date: 11/04/10
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

KFO Funded for Windmill Fire Rehabilitation

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has allocated approximately $131,000 to the Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) for emergency soil stabilization on over 5,200 acres of federal, state and private lands affected by September's Windmill Fire east of Evanston near Interstate 80. The KFO has also applied for an additional $80,000 to help rehabilitate the burned area over the next three years.

Part of the funds will be used by the BLM to construct about three miles of wildlife friendly fencing to temporarily protect recovering areas from livestock and allow perennial vegetation to recover from the roots. In coordination with J.R. Broadbent Grazing Association, the fence will be a permanent structure and eventually incorporated into the grazing pasture system.

Key areas will be treated with herbicide to protect native plants and limit the spread of invasive weed species, including cheatgrass. “Putting a concerted effort on early weed treatment will make successful weed control more likely,” stated Spencer Allred, range management specialist. He added, “Native vegetation will come back with appropriate treatment and rest.”

Once fire rehabilitation is completed, the area will be monitored for vegetation and grazing potential and success and integrated into the KFO’s general weed management plan.

For more information, please contact Spencer Allred at 307-828-4526 or Carl Bezanson at 307-828-4522.

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.

Kemmerer Field Office   312 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer, WY 83101  

Last updated: 11-04-2010