From May 04, 2015 until October 01, 2015
At Beer Spring
Unnamed Road, Tabiona, UT 84072, USA
Categories: All projects , Habitat , Wildlife , Northeastern Region
The Tabby Mountain Pinyon / Juniper (P/J) Removal Project designed to enhance deer and elk winter range. This project is the removal of young P/J that are encroaching into preferred foraging areas for wildlife.
The location for this project is Beer Springs, roughly five miles north of Fruitland on the west side of the Tabby Mountain Wildlife Management Area. It is mostly a sagebrush flat with interspersed P/J forest. Generally, volunteers will focus on removing small pinion/juniper trees out of the sagebrush areas. Trees encroaching on established roads, (close enough to scratch vehicles), may also be removed.
Volunteers will limit service activities to dry weather days (so vehicles do not create ruts or cause other damage to winter range). Volunteers will not use vehicles off-road. Please protect the habitat you are working on and keep all vehicles on the roads.
P/J trees are rapidly invading the old chainings and other areas with sagebrush and plants critical to winter survival. As the trees grow larger and more abundant, they consume increasing amounts of water and nutrients making the shrubs, grasses, and forbs scarce. Without maintenance, within 30 to 50 years, this valuable winter range can become a mature P/J forest with little or no understory vegetation. In short, little forage = few mule deer, elk or anything else.
The perimeter has been flagged with pink and black striped flagging. Remember, it is the smaller trees invading the sagebrush flat that need to be removed. If you find a monarch (big old tree), just leave it and move on to the smaller and younger trees.
2) Vehicles are restricted to the main existing roads. Please park along the road itself, do not drive off road and do not follow the small two tracks. Do not take 4-wheelers or other off-road vehicles off the existing (main) roads.
4) Cut trees within two inches of the ground and remove all limbs and pine needles below the cut. If any branches, needles or anything green is left on the stump, the tree will re-grow.
5) Leave the trees where they fall. Small trees can be left whole. Larger trees need to be de-limbed (cut branches off of the trunk). Large branches should be cut into 3-foot sections. The trunk can remain whole. Removing the branches helps by allowing the tree to settle to the ground and it removes tripping hazards. Fallen trees and branches also help to prevent erosion, catch moisture, and provide valuable microhabitats for small animals and plants.
7) Pack it in; pack it out. Please take your litter home and leave the area better than you found it. There aren’t any organized campgrounds, nor any camping within this project area. If you plan to work more than 1 day, we recommend camping overnight at Starvation Reservoir. This State Park has a nice camping area, boat ramp, and water. It also has some excellent walleye, bass, perch and trout fishing.
-NEW in 2015: The Project Leader (someone from your group) will need to attach a copy of the Volunteer Service Description (found in the last part of this project information) to each timesheet and make sure each person initials that they read it. *Each person needs their own signed timesheet and Volunteer Service Description.
You may plan and go out and do this project at your convenience. We request that you pick up your timesheets, do your service work, and return the timesheets to the DWR within a 2 week period.
The following section needs to be printed and attached to the timesheet:
Volunteer Service Description: Pinion/Juniper Thinning Project
Volunteers will participate in the removal of all Juniper and approximately half of the Pinion trees. Removal means: cutting branches and main stems so that the trunk/stem is nearly level to the ground. Many of the trees being removed will be saplings and small trees.
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