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SHERIDAN— If weather permits, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct a series of prescribed burns on the Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area, located eight miles northwest of Buffalo, during late April or early May. Game and Fish has contracted with Fire Trax, LLC (a company that specializes in prescribed fire services) for the burn. The project is partially funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The objective is to burn approximately 400 to 800 acres during spring, when the risk of fire spreading is minimal. Game and Fish plans to conduct prescribed burns in grassland and ponderosa pine/grassland habitat types to increase plant vigor, reduce conifer encroachment on grasslands, and vary plant age classes.
Prescribed burns in these areas will improve forage quality and quantity for wintering elk and deer.
“This is an ideal year to complete these prescribed burn projects on the Bud Love WHMA,” said Seth Roseberry, Sheridan Habitat and Access Coordinator. “The Gilead Wildfire from the fall of 2012 provided us with some increased fire management tools by reducing fuel loads on the western boundaries and utilizing some reclaimed fire lines on the eastern sides we can more safely prescribe burn specific blocks of land.”