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Ponderosa Pine Restoration
Booth Scenic Wayside
The objectives of this project were to reduce the accumulation of dead material on the ground, thin the small diameter ponderosa pine trees, increase the health and vigor of existing aspen stands and re-introduce fire to the stand on a frequent interval of 3 to 5 years.  Prior to the commencement of restoration activities, numerous photo points were established throughout the restoration area to monitor changes in plant species over time.  In addition, bird surveys were conducted and will continue each year in the spring and fall.
                      Pre- Burn                                                                Post-Burn      

Restoration in Progress
Planning began in 2001, with the implementation of thinning and reduction of dead material in 2003.  In October of 2006, the first carefully controlled fire was ignited in the stand. Prior to ignition, a fire line was constructed around the perimeter of the project area to minimize the threat of the fire spreading to adjacent properties. In addition, large accumulations of pine needles were raked away from the bases of large diameter ponderosa pine trees to reduce the temperature of the fire on the tree roots and thus minimize the potential loss of these large trees.    
OPRD staff members are pleased with the initial results of this restoration project and will continue to monitor the results on an annual basis.  It is our hope that this forested stand can now provide a healthy and diverse habitat for years to come!