Rangers plan prescribed burn in Uintas | ParkRecord.com

Rangers plan prescribed burn in Uintas

The U.S. Forest Service has slated several prescribed burns to help restore 1,686 acres of land in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest east of Kamas.

"Without undertaking activities such as these, over time, we could see uncharacteristic wildfire behavior, changes in vegetation types and increased mortality caused by bark beetles that could result in negative impacts to watersheds, wildlife and fish habitats, and recreational experiences," said Evanston District Ranger Steve Ryberg.

To treat conifers and aspen trees in the West Bear drainage near Whitney Reservoir rangers will set a series of fires and harvest timber on the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains.

"Prescribed fire and timber harvests are valuable tools for managing forests," Ryberg said.

But the project will require construction of new roads, according to Ryberg.

View reports of the West Bear Vegetation Management Project by logging onto http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/wcnf/projects/decisions.

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