Star Valley Front Rx Burn 2013
US Forest Service - Kemmerer office
Tags: aspen, sagebrush, habitat conservation project, Habitat
The Star Valley Front project was brought up by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the early 80's to help improve big game winter ranges. The project area contains mountain shrubland, big sagebrush, and aspen communities that are in less-than-suitable condition. The commumnities continue to decline due in large part to an over-representation of late-seral conditions and an insufficient frequency and extent of fire. Declining habitat conditions in the Star Valley Front project area are having negative effects on mule deer, elk, and moose due to declining forage conditions. Other wildlife species, including several migratory bird species, are being adversely impacted by the loss and decline in quality of mountain shrubland and aspen habitat.
This will be a multi-year RX burn beginning as early as the fall of 2012 but most likely in the spring of 2013 and burning roughly 1,000 - 2,000 acres per year to 2033.