The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced Tuesday they are planning a series of prescribed burns at the Bud Love Wildlife Management Area in late April or early May - if the weather permits. The department has contracted Fire Trax, LLC to conduct the burns.
In a media release, Game and Fish says their goal is to burn between 400 and 800 acres during spring, when the risk of the fires spreading is minimal. The burns would take place on grassland and ponderosa pine/grassland habitat type areas. They say such burns would increase plant vigor, reduce conifer encroachment on grassland areas and vary plant age classes. Prescribed burns in these areas will also improve the forage quality and quantity for wintering elk and deer.
Seth Roseberry, Sheridan habitat and access coordinator with Game and Fish, says this year is a good time for the burns. He says last summer's Gilead Fire provided the department with some increased fire management tools by reducing fuel loads on the western boundaries. The Gilead Fire also taught the department to utilize some reclaimed fire lines on the eastern sides so they can more safely prescribe burn specific blocks of land.
The project is partially funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Again, the prescribed burns will take place in late April or early May - if the weather permits - at the Bud Love Wildlife Management Area just miles north of Buffalo.