Game & Fish seek volunteers for Mesa work

PINEDALE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management to improve mule deer habitat on the Pinedale Mesa and is recruiting volunteers.

Together, crews are removing overgrown and unproductive sagebrush in places. That sagebrush is being replaced with over 2,700 seedlings of preferred browse species including chokecherry, currant and serviceberry.

Volunteers are asked to assist for a day’s work on Saturday, Aug. 28. That work will include assisting installing temporary protective tree tubes that help seedlings establish while preventing browsing pressure.

Game and Fish officials clarified that while these important habitats are valuable to many species of wildlife, the new mountain shrubs will provide mule deer with valuable nutrition during critical migrations, as well as help the wildlife survive difficult winters.

Additional details available by contacting Pinedale habitat biologist Kerry Gold at the Game and Fish’s Pinedale office at either 307-367-4353 or at [email protected].