Bozeman, MT – Forest Service fire crews plan to conduct prescribed burning in the Gallatin Canyon this spring to help rejuvenate aspen stands currently in decline. Prescribed burning efforts are likely to begin, weather and conditions depending, this weekend in the Durnham Meadow area (as part of the Durnham Meadow Aspen Regeneration project). Durnham Meadows is located at mile marker #54, north of Big Sky, MT.
Following Durnham Meadow efforts, crews hope to continue prescribe burning efforts in the area south of Porcupine Trail (FS Trail #34) and south of Twin Cabin Trail (FS Trail #46), both located south of Big Sky, MT. The Porcupine area burning is part of the Porcupine Aspen Regeneration Project.
According to Jeff Shanafelt, West Zone Fire Management Officer “This year we are continuing to use fire and cutting disturbances to stimulate aspen roots that can cause thousands of new aspen shoots in areas of the Gallatin Canyon. These new trees play a unique and vital role in the ecosystem, provide important habitat, increase water quality and help mitigate future large scale wildfires.”
For more information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District Office at 406 522-2520.