Forest Stewardship program is part of a nationwide effort developed
by the National Association of State Foresters in cooperation with
the USDA Forest Service. A Forest Stewardship plan applies resource
management principles to private forest lands that will benefit
current and future landowners and society at large.
If you are interested in a Stewardship Plan and own two or more
acres of forest land, you can obtain Forest Stewardship assistance
from the Wyoming State Forestry Division. One of the District Foresters
will help you to write a Forest Management Plan for your forest's
future based on your personal Stewardship goals for the land.
The District Forester will go with you on a tour of your forest
land. He will discuss various methods you could use to accomplish
your goals for the land. And, he will provide information about
the cost-share incentives to private landowners which will help
them to accomplish the various practices which are included in a
Forest Stewardship Plan.
State Forestry Division is administering a grant program through
the Fremont County Protection District's Cooperative Wildland Fire
Management Program (Firewise) that provides cost share funding to
create defensible space and reduce fuel loads on private lands.
Participants will be entitled to funds for practices including:
Defensible Space: thinning, pruning and fuels removal in a circular
area not less than 90 feet from the exterior of the residence.
Fuel Treatment: thinning and pruning areas other than the defensible
space. Spacing of leave trees shall follow the recommendations
of the plan. All green or dead fuel larger than 3 inches in diameter
will be removed from the site. Slash shall be lopped to 12 inches
in height or less or chipped.
Fuel Breaks: the exterior boundary and both sides of the roads within
fuel treatment areas shall have all slash removed from the site.
Slash shall be lopped to 12 inches in height or less or chipped.
Slash Treatment: treat logging or thinning slash from a pre-existing
sale or thinning by: lop and scatter not to exceed 12 inches in
height, or pile and burn, remove or chip.
agreement is designed to assist landowners with the costs of implementing
recommended fuels reduction activities. The costs of completing
the activities are turned into the Firewise Coordinator and up to
65% of the total cost of the activity will then be paid to the landowner.
The program allows homeowners to do the work themselves and charge
an hourly rate for in-kind services or to hire a private contractor
to accomplish the tasks outlined in the Stewardship Agreement.
information, contact State Forestry at (307) 856-8655