The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on its Iron Mountain Fuelwood Sale project, that aims to thin the forest, restore some wildlife habitats, and even create jobs.
The project targets 65 acres in Fremont County, just 7.5 miles southeast of Texas Creek. The area is densely packed with pinyon and ponderosa pines, about 300 trees per acre; forest managers would like to take that down to 50 to 100 trees an acre.
Densely packed forests are fire hazards as well as easy targets for lethal bark beetles.
All comments on the project must be submitted by July 12. They can be emailed, BLM_CO_RG_Comments@blm.gov, with “Iron Mountain Fuelwood Sale” in the subject line, or mailed to the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 East Main, Cañon City, CO 81212.
BLM cautions that any personal information offered in the letters or email could be made public. Commenters can request that BLM withhold their comment from public viewing, but there is not guarantee that the agency will be able to do so.