ADF&G and State Forestry plan prescribed burn for moose habitat

Working collaboratively with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry, ADF&G plans to conduct a prescribed fire this May in the Little Granite Creek area near Sutton at mile 64 of the Glenn Highway. Burning mature aspen trees in 314 acres of the Matanuska Valley State Moose Range will encourage regeneration, providing moose forage for 15 years or more. While this is a small scale project with respect to the size of Unit 14A, combined with other projects in the coming years, agency and landowner partnerships can provide for early succession forested stands.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is proactively addressing moose habitat needs in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. In Game Management Unit 14A, which stretches from Chickaloon to the confluence of the Susitna and Yentna Rivers, moose habitat and forage are shifting as forests regenerate in the wake of the 1996 Miller’s Reach wildfire and development expands across the borough. By enhancing habitat over the long term through the use of prescribed fires and mechanical tree cutting projects, ADF&G intends to stimulate hardwood regeneration for moose and other species dependent on early successional habitat.

As part of a long-term, statewide moose habitat enhancement program, the Little Granite Creek prescribed burn may begin as early as May 11, pending conditions. Details on the project are included in the attached flyer. For more information, please contact Sue Rodman at (907) 267-2274 or sue.rodman@alaska.gov.

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