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Kemmerer Field Office
Release Date: 09/09/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Kemmerer Initiates Commissary Ridge Whitebark Pine Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) will initiate a 253-acre tree mastication project on Commissary Ridge, 18 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyo., on Sept. 12.

Commissary Ridge is home to one of Wyoming’s southernmost stands of whitebark pine, a BLM Wyoming sensitive species. The stand is threatened by mountain pine beetle, white pine blister rust and Subalpine Fir, a more shade-tolerant conifer that directly competes with whitebark pine for light, water and nutrients, making the pine trees more susceptible to insects and disease.

Heavy equipment will remove and crush mountain pine beetle-infested whitebark pine as well as Subalpine Fir within a 50-foot radius of healthy whitebark pine trees. Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to avoid mastication operations which are anticipated to end in early October.

For more information, please contact KFO Forester Jason Sieg at 307-828-4556.

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: 09-09-2013