SALMON RIVER BREAKS PROJECT; PHASE II

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


As part of a joint effort, the Salmon-Challis National Forest North Zone Invasive Species Program, North Zone Fuels Program, and the Idaho Department of Fish & Game aerially treated nearly 5,700 acres of the Salmon-Challis National Forest for invasive annual grasses and noxious weeds over three days in October.  The project aims to decrease fine fuels that cause wildfires to spread rapidly and to improve big game winter range in the Salmon River canyon and North Fork drainage.  Phase 1 of the Salmon River Breaks Project in 2018 treated 1,000 acres.  This phase of the project also included seeding of areas heavily impacted by wildlife use with funding from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  Monitoring in 2019 showed success in the Phase 1 project area as results showed excellent control of invasive annual grasses and spotted knapweed.  Future plans for the Salmon River Breaks Project include continued aerial treatment and/or retreatment of invasive annual grasses and noxious weeds and supplemental seeding of native species in areas identified for treatment.

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