Fire has the potential to change park landscapes more often than volcanoes, earthquakes or even floods. Such forces of change are completely natural and often necessary. Plants and animals have evolved with, and many depend on, the role fire plays in creating and maintaining a diversity of habitats.
Resource managers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area follow a comprehensive fire plan that allows the restoration of fire regimes through a full range of management tools. Natural fire, prescribed fire, hazardous fuel reduction, and fire effects monitoring help restore natural processes while providing for firefighter and public safety.
Forging The Landscape
To understand the current fire management policy, how it came to be and where it will take us in the future, click on the above links to learn more about the effects of fire in forging the landscape of Bighorn Canyon.
Mission: The National Park Service manages wildland fire to protect the public, communities and infrastructure, conserve natural and cultural resources, and restore and maintain ecological health.
Did You Know?
The bighorn sheep disappeared from the area in the 1800s. In the 1970s, Montana and Wyoming state game agencies translocated sheep into nearby areas. Descendants of these sheep moved into the range along Bighorn Canyon and today the estimated population is 150 to 200. More...