The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is seeking public input on a Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) proposal to improve the quantity and quality of mule deer habitat in the Wyoming Range through phased vegetation treatments.
An environmental assessment will be prepared to analyze the WGFD project proposal, including recommendations for invasive plant species reduction, herbicide applications, reseeding, mechanical treatments, prescribed burning, and post-treatment livestock and wildlife management including construction of exclosures. The majority of proposed vegetation treatments are located in arid sagebrush communities while some are in aspen, mixed-mountain shrub, and riparian communities.
This proposal is in response to the WGFD’s 2012 Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Management Plan which can be found online at http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/Departments/Wildlife/pdfs/WRMD_HABITATPLAN_20110001869.pdf. Additional information is available at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/wy-range.html.
The BLM is seeking constructive public comments to help identify additional treatment locations and options, potential issues, concerns, ideas, alternatives or mitigation which can help meet the goals of increasing sagebrush and other mountain brush productivity while enhancing forb and grass composition and diversity.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the PFO’s Rendezvous Room, 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, Wyo., to provide information about the project and gather comments. Comments can also be mailed or delivered to Rusty Kaiser, PFO, 1625 W. Pine St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; faxed to 307-367-5329; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Wyoming Range Proposal” in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For further information, please contact PFO Wildlife Biologist Rusty Kaiser at 307-367-5317.