The Bureau of Land Management Sperry Grade/Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Reforestation Project in western Montana was the site for the planting of approximately 74,000 ponderosa pine and shrubs to help restore an area destroyed by wildfire in 1991. One of the goals of reforesting this area was to optimize foraging and enhance the winter range habitat for big game. The shrubs were planted for foraging purposes and the ponderosa pine will provide thermal cover. This planting will benefit mule deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, white tail deer, grizzly bears, wolves and mountain lions. Additionally, this site will be used for recreational activities such as hunting, fishing and photography and university research will be conducted on wildlife habitat management projects. Additional assistance for this project came from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Western Montana Fish and Game Association, Boy Scouts, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and volunteers who helped plant the trees.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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