Forest Service to reseed more than 1,000 acres near Hardware Wildlife Management Area – Cache Valley Daily

Hardware Ranch 16 miles east of Hyrum to Blacksmith Fork Canyon near Mahogany Ridge where the US Forest Service is rehabilitating the area for wildlife. .

LOGAN – The Logan Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest plans to conduct a fuel reduction/habitat restoration project in the Mahogany Ridge area near the Wildlife Management Area of Hardware.

Crop Jet Aviation has committed to reseed Mahogany Ridge near the Hardware Wildlife Management Area.

The project area contains critical winter and summer habitat for sage grouse, mule deer, elk and moose.said Masako Wright of the Ogden/Logan Forest Service District office. “Project treatments would be implemented to effectively restore resilient, fire-adapted ecosystems at the landscape scale.”

Restoration will cross boundaries moving the watershed to a properly functioning state in terms of species diversity and density for healthy habitats.

The Forest Service plans to seed native species of grasses, herbs and shrubs and remove some of the junipers on approximately 1,012 acres in the Mahogany Ridge area near the management area of Hardware’s fauna.

“The project will begin between Tuesday, September 6 and Saturday, September 10, 2022,” Wright said. “We are using an Idaho contractor with a small aircraft to aerial seed the project area.”

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources also wants to treat 297 acres of their land adjacent to National Forest Service lands in the Material Wildlife Management Area.

George Parker III, owner of Crop Jet Aviation which flies from Gooding, ID, will execute the contract.

We will depart from Cache/Logan airport“, Parker said. “We’ll probably reload five or six times in five hours.”

Crop Jet Aviation covers five western states and performs federal and state government rehabilitation work.

Following the aerial seeding, masticators will be used to mulch the junipers. The chewing project will continue as long as ground conditions allow chewers to move later this fall/early winter and may resume in late spring 2023.

Using chewers to remove juniper stands will promote the growth of herbaceous plants, grasses and shrubs that are essential to many wildlife species.

The rehabilitation was put in place to address potential issues with the Blacksmith Fork catchment caused by unusual fires by returning to ecosystems dominated by shrubs, herbs and grasses.

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