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BLM prepares tree-thinning project

Apr 29, 2012 - Staff

The Bureau of Land Management's Lander Field Office is seeking public comments on a plan to conduct a limber pine and juniper thinning project on Crooks Mountain, five miles south of Jeffrey City and west of Green Mountain.

The project is an effort by the BLM to reduce the hazardous build-up of natural fuels east of the Happy Springs Oil Field along the main Crooks Mountain road, according to the agency.

The thinning would be implemented using chainsaws and slash would be piled and burned when snow is on the ground. Select mature trees would be left, with the overall target of reducing canopy cover of limber pine to reduce extreme fire behavior in the event of a wildfire.

In addition, the proposed treatment would provide a location from which to prevent the spread of fire to the north and east side of the road where there are more stands of limber pine.

If implemented, work would be conducted on some 63 acres during this summer and fall and slash piles would be burned in winter.

"These treatments would help to strategically reduce hazardous natural fuels loading along the only improved access road on Crooks Mountain," BLM Natural Resource Specialist Tim Kramer said in a press release.

Comments will be most effective if received by May 31, the agency stated.

Comments may be emailed to: lander_wymail@blm.gov (include "Crooks Mountain Fuels Project" in the subject line).

Or mail them to: Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Tim Kramer, 1335 Main St., Lander, WY 82520.

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