• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Bighorn Canyon Plans Spring Burn

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Date: March 25, 2008
Contact: Cassity Bromely, 307-548-5416

Spring Burn Planned at Bighorn Canyon NRA

Bighorn Canyon NRA will be conducting a spring prescribed fire in the recreation area near the Wyoming Montana state line. The intent of this burn is to improve habitat, especially for bighorn sheep. The burn will target juniper trees, opening an overgrown area for increased foraging by sheep. Conducting the burn in the spring will allow us to burn more selectively, burning out the juniper and leaving mountain mahogany in place. Mountain mahogany is an important, protein rich forage for many species, including deer, bighorn sheep, and wild horses. After burning, selected areas will be reseeded with native grass seed to slow erosion, out compete weed species and provide increased forage.

This burn will be conducted as conditions allow in the early spring in cooperation with the U.S Forest Service and the BLM. Reseeding assistance will be provided by the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. Please contact Cassity Bromley(307 548 5416) if you have questions or comments regarding this burn.

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Spotted Bat resting at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, photo by J. Ryan

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