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BLM proposes habitat improvement, fuel reduction work near Horse Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office and the Canyon Country Fire Zone are proposing a fuels reduction and habitat restoration project southwest of the communities of East Carbon/Columbia, Sunnyside and west of Horse Canyon.

The Horse Canyon Fuels Reduction and Habitat Restoration project will thin portions of pinyon and juniper stands in the heavily wooded area west of Horse Canyon extending to Highway 6. The project area includes approximately 20,500 acres of BLM-administered public lands.

Treatments will include: mechanical shredding, hand thinning and piling, prescribed burning, and seeding. The proposed project is needed to prevent an extreme wildland fire event that could threaten life, property, firefighter safety and ecosystem health. Completion of this project would reduce the potential of catastrophic wildland fire burning across BLM managed lands.

Management objectives for this project include: reducing the fire hazard by thinning dense trees and lowering fuel loads; restoring biological processes to revitalize the ecosystem; restoring and protecting critical sagebrush habitat and establishing a diverse and resilient understory of grasses and shrubs to improve range and wildlife habitat.

A bonus to the community will be the availability of firewood collection areas before and after completion of fuels treatments in designated areas within the project boundary. Firewood permits will be available for purchase at the Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West in Price.

The BLM Environmental Assssment (EA) DOI-BLM-UT-G020-2011-0045 will be posted for a 30 day public review/comment. A copy of the EA can be found at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/.

Similar treatments in the area include the Columbia Fuels project. This project, about 1,400 acres in size was completed in 2010 and utilized similar methods. and objectives.

For maps, updates and additional information about this project, please visit https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/ or call Brian Keating, BLM Canyon Country Fire Zone Fuels Program Manager at (435) 259-2194.




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