Timber sale on State of Wyoming Trust Land

The Wyoming State Forestry Division has awarded a contract to Cowboy Timber of Cowley, WY for a timber sale along Highway 14.   The sale will occur entirely on State of Wyoming Trust Land along U.S. Highway 14 near Steamboat Point beginning the week of December 18, 2017, west of Dayton, WY.  Conifer timber will be removed adjacent to aspen stands to reduce conifer encroachment and improve aspen forest health. The sale is expected to be completed over the winter, however, the contractor is allowed up to two years to complete the project.

Following the timber sale, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will administer a large thinning project starting in the spring of 2018.  Conifer encroachment negatively affects aspen by shading stands and competing for moisture.  Summit Forestry, LLC of Ashland, Oregon has been contracted to remove conifers within aspen stands to reduce competition and promote aspen stand expansion. Slash will be treated in a manner to limit wildlife and livestock from browsing new aspen growth.  

Aspen is a limited habitat type in the Bighorn Mountains but is extremely important because of the diversity it provides.  Aspen provides forage and cover for a wide variety of wildlife species.