Planned Start Date: 2012
The Little Red Creek Drainage is part of the Green River watershed located near the intersection of the Wyoming Colorado and Utah borders. The burn unit is located south of Telephone Canyon in the Little Red Creek drainage with the Tepee Mountains to the west and Pine Mountain to the east. This has historically been a moderately grazed area with water being available from the Red Creek and numerous ponds within the area. However, due in part to drought and fire exclusion fuel accumulation and shrub encroachment into aspen stands has diminished water supply from the drainage as well as decreased overall eco-system vitality.
The burn unit treatment area is a total of 3000 acres. Within this unit approximately 1000 acres will be targeted for burning. The targeted areas are mostly decadent aspen stands and sagebrush with some mountain brush species.
Hazardous fuel reduction is the primary objective and will be accomplished by moving approximately 750 acres in fire regimes II and III from fuel condition class (CC) 3 and 350 acres of CC 2 to CC 1 (1000 acres total). Improved watershed condition, wildlife/fisheries habitat condition and forage production and dispersal are secondary resource management objectives.
These objectives will be attained by treating up to 35 percent of the project area with fire. Objectives will be achieved by decreasing the cover of sagebrush and juniper allowing for decreased competition with re-sprouting aspen, mountain shrubs and native grasses. All ignition operations will be planned to create a mosaic of treated and un-treated vegetation within planned treatment areas. Average treated patch size will not exceed 300 acres. Additional late season flows in Little Red Creek (Colorado River Cutthroat Trout) are expected to occur as well. No surface disturbance (i.e. blading, trenching, digging, etc.) will occur. The project area will be rested from livestock grazing for a minimum of two years following treatment.
For more information, please contact: Richard Putnam at 307-352-0236.