Thinning Ponderosa Pine

Focal Region: 

Great Open Spaces

Focal Landscape: Black Hills-Pine Ridge

Overall cost estimate: $636,000 (NWTF contribution: $187,400)

DESCRIPTION: Thinned more than 770 acres of ponderosa pine on Nebraska Game and Parks Commission land to build resiliency against future wildfires • Effort protects remaining green islands of pines following catastrophic fires in 2006 and 2012 • NWTF secured Nebraska Environmental Trust grant to help ponderosa pine thinning effort • Targeted species include wild turkeys, mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk, but other at-risk species benefit from forest stand improvement project

Partners: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska Environmental Trust

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