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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 04/01/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Newcastle Field Office Plans Prescribed Burn in Weston County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office is planning to conduct a prescribed burn within Weston County, Wyo., in partnership with the:

  • Black Hills Mulies, Mule Deer Foundation Chapter;
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation;
  • Weston County Fire Department;
  • Wyoming State Forestry Division;
  • Wyoming Department of Corrections Forestry Program-Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp Smoke Busters;
  • Black Hills National Forest, Hell Canyon Ranger District. 

The project is located east of the community of Newcastle along the Stateline area in the southern Black Hills.  Implementation of the prescribed burn is planned for this spring.

BLM plans to treat approximately 16 acres in the ponderosa pine forest.  The objectives of the prescribed burn are to revitalize important deer and elk winter range through re-establishment of meadows by: 

  • Reduce masticated debris with prescribed fire;
  • Stimulate shrub and forb species vigor and growth;
  • Reintroduce fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

This prescribed burn project will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan if favorable weather and fuel conditions permit.  Smoke may be visible for several days from Newcastle, Highway 85 and Highway 16.  For more information, please contact Kirk Strom at 307-261-7690.

The Forestry Conservation Crew Program is a combined effort of the Wyoming Department of Corrections - Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and Wyoming Honor Farm, both minimum security facilities, and the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

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.

Newcastle Field Office   1101 Washington Boulevard      Newcastle, WY 82701-2968  

Last updated: 04-01-2014