Three areas on the Loa Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest will be burned this spring to get rid of overgrown, dense and decaying sagebrush.
The treatment is expected to release grasses and forbs that are being suppressed, resulting in more forage for wildlife and cattle, said Kent Taylor, Forest supervisor.Some 1,200 acres will be treated on North Mountain near Silas Springs. Another 560 acres will be treated in Daniels Canyon east of the Koosharem Reservoir. The third area to be burned is west of Hens Peak on Thousand Lake Mountain, containing 640 acres.
The areas are all at high elevations, ranging from about 8,600 to 10,000 feet above sea level.
About 80 percent to 90 percent of the sagebrush in Daniels Canyon will be burned. There are no threatened or endangered plant or animal species in the area. The areas will be deferred from livestock grazing for two seasons to give seed a chance to ripen and take root.