BLM Seeks Public Comment on Vegetation Removal Project in Ford Ridge Area
BLM Seeks Public Comment on Vegetation Removal Project in Ford Ridge
Price, Utah-The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab and Price Field
Offices invite the public to review and comment on an Environmental
Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of a vegetation
removal and restoration project.
The EA analyzes a 6,840-acre project to thin conifer stands in
heavily wooded areas in the Ford Creek/Diamanti Canyon area eight
miles northwest of Helper, Utah. Treatments will include mechanical
shredding, hand thinning and piling, prescribed burning, and fence and
kiosk construction. The proposed project is needed to prevent the
potential for catastrophic wildland fires that could threaten life,
property, firefighter safety, and ecosystem health. It will also
benefit wildlife by restoring aspen, grasses and shrubs.
The EA is available for public review and comment on the
Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at:
https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/; search for project name "Ford Ridge."
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Sept. 30,
2013. Please note that the most useful comments are those that
contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the
proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible.
Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a
formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making
process. Please reference "Ford Ridge Fuels Project" when submitting
Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:
Bureau of Land Management
Canyon Country District Office
82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other
personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the
entire comment-including personal identifying information-may be made
publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal
identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the
BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not
consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be
available for public inspection in their entirety.
For further information, contact Brian Keating at (435)259-2194.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to
leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided
during normal business hours.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most
of any Federal agency. Â This land, known as the National System of
Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including
Alaska. Â The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface
mineral estate throughout the nation. Â The BLM's multiple-use
mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the
public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations. Â In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands
generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the
States where the activities occurred.Â In addition, public
landsÂ contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and
helped support more than 500,000 jobs.Â
Published in the Sun Advocate September 10, 17 and 24, 2013.
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