September 27, 2006
Contact: Andrew Tkach,
Cooler, Wetter Weather Ushers In Prescribed Burning Season
The Bureau of Land Management Worland Fire Suppression Group will be conducting a prescribed burn in an area 18 miles south of Meeteetse over the next few weeks.
The purpose of the burn is to restore fire adapted landscapes in areas with excessive decadent vegetation, areas invaded by cheatgrass, and areas where rangelands are invaded by juniper and limber pine. Restoring the historic fire return cycle on landscapes improves wildlife habitat and forage production for livestock, and game. Areas near homes and structures are given priority to reduce fuel loads so they can be more effectively defended in the event of wildfire.
The burn will take place in the Absaroka Front Hunter Management Area. Hunters in Elk Unit 64 should be aware that camping closures are in effect in the project area on BLM lands. The project area begins at the cattle guard near the mouth of Raspberry Draw about three and a half miles west of the LU Cow Camp, and continues west to the Shoshone National Forest boundary. For more information on closures and the prescribed burn, contact Jim Wolf at 303-347-5136, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Maps of the area are available at: http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/access/plpw/management/absaroka/absarokamap.asp
The burn is a co-operative project with the LU Ranch Company, Wyoming Division of Forestry, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. A portion of the funding will also be provided by the newly created Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resources Trust.