Did you know Yellowstone actively works to protect nearly 2,000 structures in the park from fire by creating defensible spaces? One of the new tools we're using in this fight is called a "masticator." This machine changes a forest's fuel load by thinning out standing trees and mulching dead and down woody debris. In a recent project near West Yellowstone, one masticator treated 60 acres of dense lodgepole regrowth in three weeks.
Last updated: September 24, 2020