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Release Date: 02/26/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

BLM Newcastle Field Office Staff Win National Wild Turkey Federation Award

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office’s (NFO) integrated vegetation management group has been awarded the 2013 Making Tracks Partnership Achievement Awards by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Nate West and Tracy Pinter, wildlife biologists, and Bob Means, forester, were the recipients of the award.

 Aspen regeneration in project area.
Part of the project where ponderosa pine was cut
out to open up the area
for aspen regeneration.
 Old growth ponderosa pine.
Fuels specialist Brett Blumhardt standing next
to old growth ponderosa
pine that has been
preserved at Mallo Camp.
 Tracy Pinter accepting the NWTF award
Tracy Pinter accepting
the NWTF award
from Dwight Fielder.
Pinter accepted the award on behalf of the integrated vegetation management group from Dwight Fielder, BLM Division Chief for Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation during the NWTF Convention this February 14-17, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Making Tracks Awards recognize groups or individuals for their land management efforts on behalf of wild turkeys and other wildlife. The NFO’s integrated vegetation management group (wildlife, forestry and fuels) received the awards for its partnership effort working with Wyoming State Forestry, Wyoming Game and Fish, and NWTF, in the Mallo Camp area, 20 miles north of Newcastle, Wyo. in Weston County.

Mallo Camp is a popular recreation area located in the western Black Hills north of Newcastle, WY. The area attracts visitors from all over Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana.

Over the past several years, the NFO has worked with local partners to treat and remove insect infested timber stands, reduce fire risks, NWTF stands, improve habitat diversity and condition, and reduce invasive species and weed infestations.

Approximately 1500 acres of habitat on state and public lands have been restored to native desirable vegetation communities, and many wildlife species will benefit from the diversity of habitat and regrowth of healthy Ponderosa pine stands including: turkeys, deer, elk, and small game.

Wildfire risks have also been reduced for the Mallo Camp area. This has been a major concern due to numerous recent wildfires in the Newcastle area and proximity to private homes and urban interface zones.

“This long-term collaborative effort with our partners has resulted in the protection of old growth ponderosa pine stands, mitigation of potential impacts from insect and wildfire disturbance, restoration of wildlife habitat and provided economic opportunities to the local community in the form of timber sales and service contracts,” noted Newcastle Field Manager Rick Miller.

Partners that have been critical to the successful habitat restoration work include: Wyoming State Forestry, the local chapter of NWTF, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

For more information, please contact the NFO at 307-746-6600. For more information about the NWTF, visit

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.

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Last updated: 02-26-2013