Forsythe II Project Meadows

Open meadow with trees in background   This is a meadow that has been protected from encroaching forest
Open meadows are important for a diverse and resilient landscpae. They also provide excellent wildlife habitat.
In areas where the forest is encroaching on an existing meadow, treatments both within and along the edges of the meadow will reduce encroaching conifers and expand the meadow edge into the previously forested area.

Meadows and Shrublands

Meadows and shrub patches can occur as small habitats within surrounding forested stands or as large meadow, shrubland, and grassland habitats. Meadows and shrublands are important habitat for a variety of wildlife species, add to the biodiversity of the project area, and provide a natural fire break. Conifer encroachment into mountain meadows and shrublands are common in the western United States mainly because of fire suppression. Historically, meadow habitat and shrublands were maintained by natural fire. Over time, conifer encroachment can reduce meadow, shrubland, and grassland habitats as well as the habitat diversity they provide. Meadows generally present areas of lower fire hazards due to the lack of canopy fuels. Areas of lower intensity can allow wildfire suppression efforts to be more safe and effective.

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