Rangeland restoration- tree thinning project planned in the Three Peaks Area

 News Release
Cedar City Field Office, Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Media Contact: Nick Howell

October 5, 2018                                                                                                                    (435) 590-4821


Rangeland restoration- tree thinning project planned in the Three Peaks Area

Providing community fire protection for Iron County residents


CEDAR CITY, Utah – Beginning October 15, the Bureau of Land Management will begin a rangeland restoration project on public land in Iron County. The project area is approximately 819 acres, located west of Cedar City, adjacent to the Three Peaks Recreation Area, and west of the Cedar Valley Estates Subdivision. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 30, 2018.


The BLM aims to serve local communities and ensure sustained conservation. This project is designed to provide community wildfire protection and will help sustain recreation opportunities while protecting public facilities in the Three Peaks area from unwanted wildfire. Other objectives of this project include creating better wildlife habitat and improved watershed conditions.


“By removing areas of encroaching pinyon and juniper trees in the project area, favorable shrubs and grasses will return to the site, increasing rangeland productivity,” said BLM Natural Resource Specialist Melanie Mendenhall.


Landscape restoration projects like these are supported and funded by Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, a variety of private, state and federal cooperators, including the Mule Deer Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Safari Club International, Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.


For additional information or to add an email address to our contact list, please contact Shawn Peterson at (435) 590-3591 or Zach Kunz (435) 865-3036.  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 located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.


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