The Bureau of Land Management is working to hard to keep the Sonoran Desert National Monument safe and available to the public. For information on what they are doing check out these links.
|Release Date: 01/25/11|
BLM Partners with ADOT on “Project Daylight” on
PHOENIX – Continuing to focus its efforts on border security and resource
protection of the Sonoran Desert and Ironwood Forest National Monuments, the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working with the Arizona Department of
Transportation (ADOT) on “Project Daylight,” trimming and clearing dense
vegetation along Interstate 8, between Casa Grande and Gila Bend. The goal of
Project Daylight is to increase public safety along the Interstate 8 corridor,
by making it harder for human and drug smugglers to hide and drop their
contraband in the thick desert vegetation on public lands in this area.
Starting today, BLM and ADOT staff will begin the first phase of the project
by trimming and clearing vegetation, such as Palo Verde trees and thick bushes,
along Milepost 150, near Casa Grande. ADOT will be providing the brush-cutting
heavy equipment and operators to trim the vegetation on the east and westbound
right-of-way and the center medians. BLM will have a fire crew of six workers
helping to hand trim vegetation and remove debris from the side of the
BLM and ADOT will evaluate the scope of the first phase of this
“We are very pleased to be
Kenna said, “BLM began
In addition to
The BLM manages more
land – over 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known
as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western
states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also
administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the
nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation,
livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving
natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Arizona State Office One North Central Avenue, Suite 800 Phoenix, AZ