In 2014, the Greys River Ranger District and the Town of Star Valley Ranch were successful in receiving a Wyoming State Forestry division grant to treat hazardous fuels on both private and public land along the border of the town. The $180,000 grant was divided between the town and the Forest Service. This vegetation treatment is an interagency cooperative effort with the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton Interagency Fire, the Town of Star Valley Ranch, Lincoln County, Wyoming, and Wyoming State Forestry Division.
The town coordinated private landowners in 2015 and 2016 to remove hazardous fuels on private lands. The Forest Service used a forestry contractor to cut and pile fuels on 100 acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest land directly east of the Town during the summer of 2016. The piles of slash had sufficiently dried out by spring 2018 and the weather conditions provided the Bridger-Teton with a window to conduct pile burning activities in the area. Interagency Fire personnel burned 3,000 piles over 98 acres. The Forest anticipates burning the remaining piles on the final 2-acres this fall if weather and conditions allow.
Additional hazardous fuel reduction work will continue beginning in July, 2018. Contractors will be thinning and piling slash on an additional 75 -acres of National Forest System Land along the southern half of the town of Star Valley Ranch.
“The project was implemented to provide greater defensible space and to lower the wildfire risk to homes and private property bordering the Bridger-Teton,” said Greys River District Ranger Justin Laycock. “Fuel reduction projects create more open areas that will help moderate fire behavior during a wildfire which increases firefighter and public safety,” he said.
For more information on prescribed fire, fuels reduction projects and defensible space, visit www.tetonfires.com or call the Greys River Ranger District at 307-886-5300.