BLM – West Desert District – Fuels Management

Fuels Management
Fact Sheet—West Desert District (WDD); Salt Lake Field Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages and facilitates activities across more than 245 million acres of public land under its jurisdiction.  About 62 million visits are made annually to BLM-managed lands and waters, supporting more than 43,900 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $6 billion to the country’s economy.

 

Quick Facts about the BLM’s WDD Fuels Management Program

  • The purpose of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction (HFR) programs within the Department of the Interior (DOI) is to reduce hazardous fuels (HF) and risks to human communities and improve the health of

the land by creating fire-resilient landscapes and restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

  • All HFR treatment projects will comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and all other regulatory requirements.
  • All HFR projects will be monitored to determine if treatment objectives were met and to document weather, fire behavior, fuels information, and smoke dispersion. Evaluation reports are to be completed and maintained in the project file.
  • Implementing strategies toward resilient landscapes.
  • Cooperative hazardous fuel reduction projects through the Watershed Restoration Initiative.
  • Reducing fire’s impact on Sage grouse.

 

Current WDD Fuels Management Projects for 2017/2018

 

Tooele County

Erickson Pass Bullhog Phase 1

Focus: Restoration of sagebrush habitat

Acreage: 1,079

Timeframe: October 2017-March2018

 

South Willow Bullhog

Focus: A partnership with Stansbury Mountain Catastrophic Fire Interagency Workgroup including private landowners, Tooele County, NRCS, BLM, US Forest Service and Utah DNR.  The project is to reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire along the east bench of the Stansbury Mountains.

Acreage: 532

Timeframe: October 2017-March 2018

 

Stockton WUI

Focus: Reducing hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) through cutting followed by prescribed fire.

Acreage: 55

Timeframe: Ongoing; Began 2015, will continue through 2018.

 

Pine Canyon, Lincoln Lakepoint

Focus: Reducing hazardous fuels within the WUI through mowing, herbicide and disking.

Acreage: 600

Timeframe: Ongoing; Began in 2009, will continue through 2018.

 

 

 

 

Box Elder County

 

Warm Spring Hills Bullhog Phase 1

Focus: Restoration of sagebrush habitat.

Acreage: 1,487

Timeframe:  November 2016-March 2017.  Completed this past spring but will continue follow-up work in fall 2017 to improve range conditions.

 

Warm Spring Hills Bullhog Phase 2

Focus: Restoration of sagebrush habitat.

Acreage: 4,320

Timeframe: October 2017-March 2018

 

Dry Basin Greenstrip (Harrow, spray, seed)

Focus: Through a federal, state and private landowner relationship a fuel break was completed to protect sagebrush habitat.

Acreage: 125 (BLM), 91 (Private)

Length: 13 Miles

Timeframe: April-November 2016.  Completed last fall, follow-up work may be included.

 

For more information please contact Paul Corrigan at 801-977-4300