(Lander, Wyo.) – The Shoshone National Forest will seed a portion of the area impacted by the Fairfield Fire this past July. This will be accomplished today, Oct. 23 via aerial seeding from a helicopter.
The 300 acres of the fire area that will be seeded were deemed to have the best chance for success by the Shoshone’s soil scientist. These steps are also being taken in an attempt to prevent cheatgrass from entering the area. Seeding during the fall increases the success of germination when moisture from future snowfalls in the area is taken into account.
This comes a day after cheatgrass spraying was conducted on BLM and state park land hit by the fire earlier this year.
As the nation’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.