Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project

  • July 19, 2019
  • Posted by Natalie Yokum

This was the last hitch with The Nature Conservancy, preparing for the prescribed burn next Spring. The crew encountered shocking thunderstorms and large diameter Ponderosas. After thinning for several weeks straight the crew
have become incredible sawyers compared to the first hitch. Mike Schaedel, the project manager, thought he would give us a break and pitch camp for the last few nights at Primm Meadows. It is a wonderful old-growth forest that has not been logged and is being protected by The Nature Conservancy. They are preparing for a prescribed burn here as well; the several hundred year old trees are able to withstand the fires quite resiliently. Along with that the fire clears out weeds, creates fertile soil for native plants to grow, and prevents smaller trees from encroaching on the Ponderosas. Which, again, have been there for roughly six-hundred years. The crew dug a fire line and thinned the area to ensure a controlled fire.


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