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OSLI's prescribed fire program coordinates, reviews, and implements prescribed fire projects on state trust lands under the Board of Land Commissioners' Chapter 27 rules. When State Trust Land is involved in a prescribed fire project, several steps are required. First, the responsible party submits an application and burn plan that is in accordance with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group guidelines. If the responsible party is not a governmental agency, OSLI requires a one million dollar liability insurance policy to cover for an accidental escape fire. An internal review of the applicant's burn plan is conducted. When the review is complete, an approval letter is sent to the responsible party, along with a completion statement. Each project is authorized for a one year period; OSLI can issue an extension if required.
For more information on including state trust land in a prescribed burn plan, please contact Mike Henn in the Field Services Division.
The State of Wyoming generally defines a weed or pest as any plant, animal or insect species that is determined to be detrimental to the general health or welfare of the State. Twenty-five weeds and six pests have been“designated” by the State, through the Board of Agriculture and the Weed & Pest Council. As such, these species are eligible for control on state trust lands.
OSLI’s Weed & Pest Program is a collaborative effort of the Office, grazing lessees and county Weed & Pest Control Districts. Once a control project has been identified and approved, the Office provides funding for materials, the lessee pays for the labor and application costs and the district distributes chemicals and manages the project. In the case of Leafy spurge infestations, the Office is able to fund up to the entire cost of the project. Additionally, Russian olive, Salt cedar and Prairie dogs qualify for reimbursement of half of the application costs.
The Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act of 1973 placed the responsibility to control noxious weeds and designated pests on the landowner. Historically, the legislature appropriated $260,000 per biennium to fund OSLI’s Weed & Pest Program; in 2006 this amount was increased to $750,000 per biennium, at the request of the county Weed and Pest Districts, to be used for control and eradication efforts on state trust lands. This important program affords the Office, lessees and districts the opportunity to cooperatively protect state trust lands that may otherwise be degraded by weed and pest infestations.
It is everyone’s responsibility to protect Wyoming from invasive species. For more info on OSLI’s Weed & Pest Program, contact Ben Bump in the Field Services Division. For all things weed and pest, checkout the Wyoming Weed & Pest Council’s website at wyoweed.org. Here are six easy steps we can all take:
1. Learn to identify noxious weeds growing in your area.
2. Don’t pick flowers that you can’t identify, you may spread seeds of a noxious weed.
3. Avoid noxious weed infestations when recreating, seeds can attach to your gear and clothing.
4. Clean your boat, ATV and camping gear before moving to a new location.
5. Groom pets in a designated area so any seeds they may be transporting can be isolated.
6. Contact your local Weed and Pest District for more information!