BLM Pinedale plans Fall Burn in the Wyoming Range
by Bureau of Land Management
August 31, 2009
The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District and the Pinedale Field Office (BLM) will be conducting a prescribed burn in Red Canyon on the east face of Bald Mountain, in the Wyoming Range.
The prescribed burn is part of the Wyoming Front Aspen Regeneration Project designed to improve habitat for big game such as elk and mule deer. The project is jointly funded through the BLM and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The burn will reduce conifer encroachment and stimulate aspen tree communities in the Red Canyon area. The conifers in the aspen stands have been mechanically slashed. The remaining slash will be burned to remove the hazardous fuels and to stimulate new aspen growth.
The burn is expected to start between late September and early October, depending on weather. The actual burn should last five to seven days with crews in the area monitoring, and mopping up until the fire is declared out.
For more information contact Greg Reser, Pinedale Field Office, 307-367-5350.
The BLM manages more land – 256 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.