• BLM Healthy Forest Initiative Succeeding
  • January 16, 2015
  • Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP - Denver Office
  • The Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming State Forestry Division have joined together in an initiative to create more healthy forests in Wyoming. The Wyoming Legislature funded a contract position to work together with the BLM to assist with timber sales in Carbon, Albany and Sweetwater counties. The purpose of the joint effort is to identify areas with potential salvage in bug-kill areas, promote forest health and provide timber for the local forest products industry.

    “They’ve made great progress in identifying a lot of areas, doing a lot of timber cruising, laying out some potential salvage in the bug-kill areas,” said Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser. The sale of timber will allow dead trees to be removed and will help promote forest health. The success of the initial program may lead to future joint efforts.

    “We’re already talking about having coordinated meetings this winter. We’re talking about some other foresters helping out with state forestry,” said BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson. “We should be able to leverage each other and be much more effective in Wyoming.”

    BLM NHPA “Undertakings” Now Available for Comment on NEPA Register

    The Wyoming BLM has announced a way for the public to be involved in the National Historic Preservation Act process in Wyoming. The Wyoming BLM will take advantage of the NEPA Register, found at www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/search/index.php to allow State Historic Preservation Office comments and undertakings to be listed.

    Governor Matt Mead signed a State Protocol that allowed for the expansion of the NEPA Register to include State Historic Preservation Office information. This allows the BLM Wyoming and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office to implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in Wyoming.