Bureau of Land Management, Richfield Field Office
Contact Information: Bob Bate 435-896-1513 [email protected]
Planned Date: October 26 – December 15, 2018
Planned Location: This project is located in Sevier County, approximately 3 miles northwest of the town of Aurora, Utah near highway 50.
Project Map: 2018_EzrasFlat_PropLopScatter_11x17P
Legal Description: Township 21 South, Range 2 West, Sections 22, 23, 26, and 27.
Lat/Long: N 38 x 57’ x 59.3”; W 112 x 0’ x 26.8”
Project Description: The Richfield Field Office (BLM) will begin a maintenance project with mechanically treating 899 acres in the Ezra’s Flat area. The project consists of removing small pinyon and juniper trees along with their saplings. This project will utilize a contract crew of individuals operating chainsaws; a technique often referred to as “lop and scatter”.
Removal of the encroachment of pinyon and juniper saplings will benefit the environment by enabling more productive, desirable grasses, forbs and shrubs to the area. The Ezra’s Flat Vegetation Improvement Project will reduce the risk of high severity wildfire while restoring ecosystem function and improving and protecting wildlife and rangeland habitat.
Ezra’s Flat was previously treated in 2011, utilizing two dozers and a chain. The area today consists of regrowth from this earlier treatment. Several islands and travel corridors will remain untreated for wildlife and Visual Resource Management (VRM) values.