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10 – 16 Thousand Acres of Prescribed Burns Proposed

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Bridger Teton National Forest is proposing to conduct prescribed burns over the next ten years totaling between ten and sixteen thousand acres on the Greys River Ranger District.  The burns would be located within a nearly 65-thousand acre area from just north-northeast of Afton to just north of Smoot. Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the advantages of the prescribed fires would be mostly to area wildlife.  She says the burns will improve the diversity of the types of plants that are in that area, improving the forage for the wildlife there.  Cernicek says that will result in benefits to hunting the way any wildfires might move through the area. In planning for the ambitious project, the public is being invited to meet with forest officials to review the plans and offer their input.  That meeting takes place tomorrow from 6:00 until 8:00 pm in the Afton Civic Center.  The prescribed burn project is a cooperative project between the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Game and Fish Habitat Trust, the Bureau of Land Management’s Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, and Teton Science Schools to improve the landscape for the benefit of wildlife.

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