Wyoming Forests are getting sprayed for Cheat Grass

Wyoming Forests will get sprayed for Cheat Grass
Wyoming Forests will get sprayed for Cheat Grass(Valeria Fugate)
Updated: Jul. 15, 2022 at 6:49 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Next week the U.S. Forest Service and partners will work together to eradicate Cheatgrass.

Aerial spraying is planned for the Mullen Wildfire area and will take place over the next 8 weeks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and the Wyoming Game & Fish Department is planning to treat over 9000 acres within the 2020 Mullen Wildfire burn area.

The herbicide spraying is scheduled to begin on June 20 in the Medicine Bow-Routt national forests.

Treatment areas will be located along the western slope of the snowy range, mostly in Wyoming but also in a portion of Colorado.

Folks along the North Platte river and streams should be aware of the planned spraying.

Ground signs have been posted with maps, and short-term closures are possible during treatments.

“(This is ) The best way that we have available to treat a very aggressive invasive species. So this is a really good way to help the landscape recover, and recover with native vegetation.”

Cheatgrass is a particularly aggressive invasive species that can displace native plants.

The project has received collaborative support from the Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology lab, United States geological survey, and many more.

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