Workers recently completed ten years of treatment for cheatgrass in the area of Wyoming’s Devil’s Canyon. It is a joint effort by the Bureau of Land Management, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation.
“Cheatgrass has the potential to increase and dominate plant communities by rapidly displacing native species,” Bryan McKenzie, BLM range management specialist, told publicnow.com. “The goal of the treatment is to provide the slower growing native plants, many of which are tolerant of Plateau, with time to recover and compete.”
The area provides vital habitat for elk, deer, bighorn sheep, greater sage-grouse and other species.
More habitat stewardship work is expected to continue in the future.