Crestone Eagle, September 2003:
Fuel reduction project begins near Crestone
The Bureau of Land Management will be doing
an aerial seeding of native grasses and shrubs on August 28
or 29 to augment the mechanical fuels reduction work that
will occur the same or following week. The projects will be
on BLM managed public land northwest of Crestone.
In June 2003 the Decision document on the Crestone Fuels
Reduction Projects was appealed. In July the Interior Board
of Land Appeals, the final authority on appeals of this nature,
upheld the BLM’s Decision, allowing the fuels reduction
projects to proceed.
The purpose of the projects is to reduce future wildfire
risks by reducing fuels near the town. The projects will involve
mechanical treatment of piñon/juniper stands to reduce
stand density. Additional benefits of the project will be
to enhance big game winter habitat. The fuel breaks will be
strips or blocks of land on which the vegetation has been
modified to break up the continuity of vegetation so that
wildfires (especially crown fires) burning into them will
slow and can be more readily extinguished.
About 320 acres of mechanical treatment is planned northwest
of Crestone, just past the cemetery. The project is scheduled
to begin in late August or early September and will be completed
around October 1. In addition, a hand thinning crew has been
contracted to work on 190 acres on BLM managed public land
east of Crestone. This work should also take place during
For more information on these projects, you can contact Brian
Garcia at the BLM office in Monte Vista, (719) 852-6255.
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