In Wyoming, the Bureau of Land Management's Worland District Office planted 11,623 ponderosa pine seedlings in 1997 on 25 acres of the Brokenback project located on the west slope of the Big Horn Mountains. On this site naturally occurring stands of ponderosa pines were being lost due to the spread of woodland vegetation. Woodland vegetation is naturally repressed by fire, but without fire the woodland vegetation spreads and limits the amount of reproduction of the ponderosa pines. This project used prescribed fire to eliminate the heavy juniper understory and then replanted the site with ponderosa. Restoration of this site will provide benefit to the elk herds that use the area as a winter range and will restore the structure and composition of the area to a more natural condition. Partners in the project included the North American Elk Foundation, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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