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Prescribed burns to restore aspen habitat on one of the most important elk calving areas for Afton herd and important for aspen-dependent species, transition and winter range for elk, mule deer, and moose east of Alpine, transition and winter range for mule deer and elk of crucial winter range just east of Smoot, and sagebrush, aspen, meadow, and willow habitat on transition range for mule deer and elk 30 miles up the Greys River. In addition, determine 1) locations and distribution of aspen stands on the district that are in need of treatment and 2) prioritize stands relative to level of risk, this information to be used in formulating an aspen treatment schedule. (This assessment would be consistent with methodology...
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The proposed action is to conduct several different forms of forest and rangeland health treatments to improve and restore good health conditions in aspen woodlands and rangelenads on roughly between 700,000-750,000 acres of public lands. The goal is to implement a combination of treatments (mechanical removal of conifer encroachment in aspen stands, prescribed burning, hazardous fuels reduction and mechanical brush beating) within identified areas of forest and rangelands to improve aspen stands, rangeland vegetation, and riparian ecosystem health; improve livestock grazing and wildlife habitat conditions; and reduce hazardous fire fuel build up within juniper woodlands. This is an effort to improve the overall...
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Prescribed burns to restore aspen habitat on one of the most important elk calving areas for Afton herd and important for aspen-dependent species, transition and winter range for elk, mule deer, and moose east of Alpine, transition and winter range for mule deer and elk of crucial winter range just east of Smoot, and sagebrush, aspen, meadow, and willow habitat on transition range for mule deer and elk 30 miles up the Greys River. In addition, determine 1) locations and distribution of aspen stands on the district that are in need of treatment and 2) prioritize stands relative to level of risk, this information to be used in formulating an aspen treatment schedule. (This assessment would be consistent with methodology...
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The Forest Service proposes two prescribed burns at Weiner Creek (1,500 acres) and Lower Cottonwood Creek (400 acres) to restore aspen habitat in one of the most important elk calving areas for the Afton herd and important for aspen-dependent species, transition and winter range for elk, mule deer, and moose east of Alpine, transition and winter range for mule deer and elk of crucial winter range just east of Smoot, and sagebrush, aspen, meadow, and willow habitat on transition range for mule deer and elk 30 miles up the Greys River.
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Properly identifying the rarity of a species is essential to determine the amount of protection that needs to be applied. Clarifying the status of these species will allow industry to proactively manage their exploration and development activities. This project focuses on obtaining current species information throughout all the Field Offices and will identify and delineate the present location of these sensitive species.
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This project is designed to restore aspen across a large landscape to healthy, vigorous conditions, establish a multi-age class diversity; and improve both wildlife habitat and grazing conditions, and reduce hazardous fuels across the landscape by removing flammable conifer in aspen stands. A variety of tactical mechanical methods to treat conifer trees that are encroaching on and out-competing aspen stands. Mechanical treatments are completed with prescribed fire. The project goal is to treat 9,000 acres over 10 years. Aspen is often classified a “keystone species” (Campbell and Bartos, 2001) and is often considered second to riparian and wetland communities as the most productive habitat for wildlife and plant...
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This project will involve prescribed burning 6546 acres (approximately half black) in a mosaic pattern in the Pole Creek area to improve upland plant communities, and aspen stands by removing conifer cover to help sustain aspen habitat by promoting suckering and removing competition by conifers to increase productivity and browse. The project includes a special emphasis on improvement of the age class and diversity of plant communities. Historically, some of this area has been classified as transitional and year long range for mule deer, elk, moose, and antelope. Healthy aspen, mountain shrub, grassland/forb and riparian communities are important parturition and fawn rearing areas for big game. By improving this...
FY2011Aspen populations are in decline across western North America due to altered fire regimes, herbivory, drought, pathogens, and competition with conifers. Aspen stands typically support higher avian biodiversity than surrounding habitats, and maintaining current distributions of several avian species is likely tied to persistence of aspen on the landscape. We are examining effects of climate change on aspen and associated avian communities in isolated mountain ranges of the northern Great Basin, by coupling empirical models of avian-habitat relationships with spatially-explicit landscape simulations of vegetation and disturbance dynamics (using LANDIS-II) under various climate change scenarios. We are addressing...
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The Star Valley Front project was brought up by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the early 80's to help improve big game winter ranges. The project area contains mountain shrubland, big sagebrush, and aspen communities that are in less-than-suitable condition. The commumnities continue to decline due in large part to an over-representation of late-seral conditions and an insufficient frequency and extent of fire. Declining habitat conditions in the Star Valley Front project area are having negative effects on mule deer, elk, and moose due to declining forage conditions. Other wildlife species, including several migratory bird species, are being adversely impacted by the loss and decline in quality of mountain...
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Improving the quality of habitat for western big-game species, such as elk and mule deer, was identified as a priority by the Department of the Interior in 2018. Maintaining healthy herds not only supports the ecosystems where these species are found, but also the hunting and wildlife watching communities. For example, in Wyoming, big game hunting contributed over $300 million to the state’s economy in 2015. Yet as climate conditions change, the quantity, quality, and timing of vegetation available to mule deer, elk, and other ungulates, known as forage, could shift. It’s possible that these changes could have cascading impacts on the behavior and population sizes of many species. A key strategy used by managers...


    map background search result map search result map Pole Creek Prescribed Burn Special Status Plant Species Monitoring and Inventory Wyoming Front Aspen Treatment LSCD - Little Snake Aspen Work Weiner Creek and Lower Cottonwood Creek Prescription Burns Grey's River Prescription Burn - Bradley Mountain Grey's River Prescription Burn - Bug Creek Star Valley Front Rx Burn 2013 Quantifying vulnerability of quaking aspen woodlands and associate bird communities to global climate change in the northern Great Basin Predicting Future Forage Conditions for Elk and Mule Deer in Montana and Wyoming Grey's River Prescription Burn - Bradley Mountain Pole Creek Prescribed Burn Weiner Creek and Lower Cottonwood Creek Prescription Burns Wyoming Front Aspen Treatment Star Valley Front Rx Burn 2013 LSCD - Little Snake Aspen Work Special Status Plant Species Monitoring and Inventory Quantifying vulnerability of quaking aspen woodlands and associate bird communities to global climate change in the northern Great Basin Predicting Future Forage Conditions for Elk and Mule Deer in Montana and Wyoming