With 2,100 acres burned in Piute County, officials continue in the effort to restore Aspen Groves

  • Source: KUSU-FM Utah Public Radio
  • Published: 06/21/2019 03:46 PM

2,100 acres of South Monroe Mountain burned Wednesday and Thursday in Piute County, but even after the flames are snuffed out, the work is continuing in the effort to restore aspen groves in the area. After years of planning and studying, prescribed burns in Fishlake National Forest are creating what will soon be a whole new forest. According to Linda Chappell, the acting fire-use and fuels program manager with the Forest Service, researchers have been studying the aspen growth in the area for years. Chappell says aspens have a lifespan of about 80-100 years, but it’s been about 150 years since a fire cleared through the area, so many of the aspens are very old. Chappell says it’s time to get fire back into the ecosystem so new trees can grow.


We welcome comments from registered users. Comments are solely the responsibility of those who post them; their viewpoints are not endorsed by the Daily Dispatch and DailyDispatch.com. (read more)
ship name
no comments have been added

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe