Volunteers Needed For Shrub Planting On Sheep Mountain

The shrubs will be planted within the Squirrel Creek Fire burn area on the south end of Sheep Mountain.

By: Sebastian Werner

The Laramie Ranger District is seeking volunteers to assist in planting bitterbrush and mountain mahogany seedlings on Sheep Mountain, Medicine Bow National Forest. The work day is scheduled for Monday, June 4, starting at 9 a.m. and is an all-day event.

The shrubs will be planted within the Squirrel Creek Fire burn area on the south end of Sheep Mountain where natural regeneration has not occurred at a desired level. The project will aid native shrub species in recovering post fire, and is beneficial to big game herds of elk and deer, which winter in the area.

Volunteers should meet next Monday in the Forest Service office parking lot, 2468 Jackson St. in West Laramie. The work group will then drive to the fire scar and plant about 5,000 shrub seedlings. The Forest Service will provide planting tools and carrying bags. Volunteers should bring appropriate clothing (long sleeve shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoes), sun protection, food, water, and leather gloves. The work is on steep terrain and the hiking and digging can be strenuous. This work is appropriate for older kids used to the outdoors, but may not be suited to younger children who aren’t used to hiking off trail. Volunteers who cannot stay the entire day and can only help for a few hours will be welcomed.

If all of the shrubs do not get planted on June 4, then the Forest Service will likely have an additional work day within a week or two.