Join Bighorn Basin Firesmart and other organizations for this first Firesmart work day. Experience Meadowlark Ski Resort when it looks rather different from the photo above!
This event will include fuels reduction around the at-risk structures and infrastructure at the ski area, based on the wildfire mitigation plan (WMP) that Bighorn Basin Firesmart has prepared. According to Firesmart coordinator Chris Weydeveld, “Fuels reduction work is critical in making sure structures in forested areas are adequately prepared for wildfire season. We’ve seen in other places that property owners who have done this kind of mitigation work have largely been spared the worst damage when fire comes through their area.”
Participants should wear working clothes, including long pants and sturdy shoes (work boots are best), and bring gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We will be moving branches and other forest debris into piles that will be burned during the winter. People can take firewood from the day’s efforts; however, they will have to have a valid Forest Service firewood permit.
This Work Day is a cooperative effort by Bighorn Basin Firesmart, Meadowlark Ski Lodge, Bighorn Ski Patrol, Technical Forestry Services, Tensleep Nowood Trailbreakers, and Wild Moon Services.
Bighorn Basin Firesmart is funded by a grant from the US Forest Service and has been awarded to Washakie County under the direction of Chris Kocher, County Fire Warden. The grant serves to provide education and wildfire mitigation opportunities for property owners.