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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BLM Implements Fuel Break in Surprise Valley

Boise ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District is implementing a 50-foot- wide fuel break on BLM-managed lands along the southern and eastern edges of Canyon Point, a Surprise Valley subdivision in southeast Boise.  The project includes prescribed goat grazing, followed by chemical treatment and planting of Prostrate Kochia by hand, mechanically, or by broadcast seeding. BLM Boise fire crews will use chainsaws to selectively thin brush on the edge of the project area that parallels the New York Canal and Boise River to a width of 50 feet while leaving habitat for wildlife. The project began in early August and is expected to be completed this fall.

The purpose of this project is to reduce the threat of wildfire to the Canyon Point subdivision and reduce the risk of human-caused starts in the area, which would result in fewer disturbances to native vegetation and allow the BLM to restore healthy landscapes. This fuel break will also provide initial attack resources an anchor point to work from in the event of a wildfire, increasing the chances of success in fighting these fires. Ada County and the Surprise Valley subdivision are providing additional support that will be crucial to the project’s success.