Least Chub habitat and connectivity expected to improve
FILLMORE, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District will conduct a prescribed burn on 62.5 acres of public lands, two miles east of the town of Gandy, in Millard County later this week. In the event of unfavorable weather, the burn will occur within the window October 11 – 13 window. The prescribed burn is expected to last one day, with an additional day of monitoring and clean up.
Smoke may be visible from adjacent highways or in local communities. While roads will remain open, smoke may reduce visibility along roads and trails near the burn area. Fire crews will monitor the prescribed burn area until there is no perceived risk to other resources.
Information about the prescribed burn can be found at www.UtahFireInfo.com.
The prescribed burn will reduce vegetation in riparian areas and open water travel corridors to improve aquatic habitat connectivity for the Least Chub, a sensitive species found only in Utah.
For additional information, contact Nate Hunter at (801) 541-0489. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FRS 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, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.