BLM Seeks Input on Improving Mule Deer Habitat in Lincoln County

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The plan calls for phased vegetation treatments on BLM lands within the southern portion of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd unit.

KEMMERER — The Bureau of Land Management Kemmerer Field Office, in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, invites the public to provide input on a proposal to improve the quantity and quality of mule deer habitat.

The plan calls for phased vegetation treatments on BLM lands within the southern portion of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd unit. The BLM is committed to supporting healthy habitat on public lands through shared conservation stewardship.

The proposal includes vegetation treatments for three main habitat types: Aspen forest, mixed mountain shrub and sagebrush. This includes additional invasive plant species control.

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The BLM is identifying issues for consideration in the environmental analysis and potential alternatives to the proposed action.

The attached map (Figure 1) shows the proposed planning areas currently being considered for treatment.

Potential project components identified include:

  • Shrub treatments
  • Reseeding
  • Construction of exclosures to reduce browsing
  • Aspen enhancements
  • Noxious weed and cheatgrass control projects
  • Grazing Management

More specific information on the “Southern Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Management Plan: Kemmerer-Cokeville” is available online at the BLM’s ePlanning site. From the ePlanning Project Search page, select NEPA under the Project Search heading. Then click on the Text Search tab.

Next, select Advanced Search. Scroll down and enter DOI-BLM-WY-D090-2019-0026-EA in the NEPA# field and click Search. Use all caps when entering the NEPA number.

After clicking Search, scroll to the very bottom of the page to see the search results and access the proposed project information.

Several public meetings are scheduled during the 30-day scoping period, which will close on April 26, 2019.

This will ensure that submitted input is considered during the NEPA process of the analyses and that all participants will be added to the mailing list to be notified of the availability of the environmental analysis.

Public meetings are scheduled to be held at the Kemmerer Field Office (430 North Highway 189, Kemmerer, WY), on March 25, 6-8 p.m. and at the Cokeville Town Hall (110 Pine Street, Cokeville, WY), on March 26, 6-8 p.m.

Comments can be submitted by email to blm_wy_kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov, with the subject line “Southern Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat EA;” by mail to BLM Kemmerer Field Office Attn: Phillip Lockwood, BLM Project Lead, 430 N. Highway 189, Kemmerer, WY 83101; or by fax to (307) 828-4539.

While you may request that your personal identifying information (name, address, phone number or email) be withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee it. For additional project- specific information, please contact Phil Lockwood at
(307) 828-4549.