Wapiti in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
A Burning Need
The Shoshone National Forest provides a habitat for more Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep than any other national forest. Grazing on nutritious bunchgrasses, bighorn sheep evolved in open, high visibility habitats near steep, rocky cover, making it easier for sheep to detect and avoid predators.
Due to fire suppression by humans over the past 60 plus years, limber pine, juniper, sagebrush, and other shrubs have increased on seasonal bighorn sheep habitats within the Shoshone National Forest and other portions of their range.
In cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Foundation for North America Wild Sheep (FNAWS), and the Wyoming Chapter FNAWS, the US Forest Service has implemented a prescribed burning program, to maintain and improve habitat quality for bighorn sheep. On the slopes of Jim Mountain, bighorns are finding new foraging areas, thanks to this cooperative effort.
Erected by Shoshone National Forest.
Location. 44° 27.636′ N, 109° 31.555′ W. Marker is in Wapiti, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on U.S. 20, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the eastern entrance to Shoshone National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Wapiti WY 82450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Shoshone National Forest (here, next to this marker); Protection Proves Profitable (a few steps from this marker); Is This Forest Healthy? (a few steps from this marker); Absaroka Volcanic Field (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Categories. • Environment • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.