BLM to Fertilize Land in Pinedale Wyoming Area
Last year a survey showed that the mule deer population was down by 60% since the last survey was done several years ago. In an effort to improve the sagebrush for winter forage, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday they plan to start fertilizing in gas fields in Wyoming. About 48 square miles south of Pinedale Wyoming, at the Pinedale Anticline gas fields on the Mesa, will be fertilized starting in late fall. The plan is to fertilize the areas for the next 10 years in a step to help with the mule deer population. Three square miles of gas field leases are being retired voluntarily by the gas industry in the area.
The first couple of years around 3,000 acres will be fertilized with granular fertilizer by air. After that more land would be fertilized depending on funding availability and other considerations, said Shane DeForest, manager of the BLM's Pinedale Field Office. From Billings Gazette.