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Utah Forest, Fire and State Lands Officials begin major prescribed burn project along Tavaputs Plateau
For more than four hours this Bell 212 helicopter made trip after trip, reloading with what is basically napalm, in order to ignite conifer stands on the Tavaputs Plateau. According to those with the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, once the conifer stands have been burned, Aspen trees are stimulated into growth. Since Aspens clone one another they grow quickly and are linked together. Not only are Aspens incredibly resistant to flames, they create lush vegetation within their stands, keeping mountain grazing animals well fed. Conifers on the other hand burn hot and heavy and leave nothing but dead needles and dry soil underneath their stands. While they more definitely have their place in the Tavaputs mountain ecosystem, UDFFSL Officials would like to see there be a much more even mixture of Aspens and Conifers in the area.
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