Forest Service fire crews are making plans and checking conditions to conduct prescribed burning on the Bozeman Ranger District starting Tuesday, May 15.

Burning activities could be seen in the Gallatin Canyon as early as the end of this week, and could continue into the next several weeks.

Burning will take place in Aspen Restoration Projects that are located above Highway 191 near mile post 54 in the Gallatin Canyon near the Durnham Meadow and the Porcupine Creek Area.

According to Corey Lewellen, Bozeman District Ranger

“Our goal is to reintroduce fire around aspen stands where we have already removed encroaching conifers. The treatments are expected to stimulate aspen roots and help reinvigorate aspen stands. Aspen trees play a unique and vital role in the ecosystem on the Bozeman Ranger District, attracting many birds, insects and mammals.”

Due to declining populations of aspen trees on the Bozeman Ranger District, these aspen restoration projects are being implemented with help from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Upland Game Foundation, and the MT Fish Wildlife & Parks.

For more information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or Marianne Baumberger: 406 579-3732.

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