ELY, NV (STL.News) Weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management Ely District this Wednesday through Friday, January 13-15, will burn slash piles of pinyon pine and juniper on public lands located near Monument and Sawmill canyons in south Steptoe Valley. Monument Canyon is about 25 miles south of Ely and Sawmill Canyon is about seven miles south of Ely or three miles west of Comins Lake.
The piles are remnants of tree-thinning treatments that reduced pinyon-juniper encroachment within the Steptoe Valley watershed. The treatments are part of the multi-year South Steptoe Valley Watershed Restoration Project that restores watershed health and improves wildlife habitat and reduces the risk of a catastrophic wildfire.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.