Hardware Ranch is located 16 miles east of Hyrum, in Blacksmith Fork Canyon near the Mahogany Ridge. This area is being rehabilitated by U.S. Forest Service. .
LOGAN – The Logan Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest plans to conduct a fuel reduction/habitat restoration project at the Mahogany Ridge area near Hardware Wildlife Management Area.
“The project area provides winter and summer habitats for greater sagegrouse, mule-deer, elk and moose.,”Masako Wright, Ogden/Logan Forest Service District. “The project treatments would be implemented to effectively restore resilient, fire-adapted ecosystems on a landscape-scale.”
The restoration will go beyond borders by moving the watershed to a functional condition in terms of species diversity and density that supports healthy ecosystems.
The Forest Service will plant native grasses, forbs, and shrub species. It also plans to remove some juniper tree from approximately 1,012 acres of Mahogany Hill near Hardware Wildlife Management Area.
“The project will begin sometime between Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022,”Wright said. “We are using an Idaho subcontractor with a small airplane to aerially seed the project area.”
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources also desires 297 acres of land adjacent to National Forest Service lands in the Hardware Wildlife Management Area.
George Parker III, Crop Jet Aviation’s owner, who flies from Gooding, ID will execute the contract.
“We will be flying from the Cache/Logan Airport,”Parker said. “We will probably reload five or six times in a five-hour period.”
Crop Jet Aviation services five western states and performs rehabilitation work for both the state-and federal governments.
After aerial seeding, masticators will be used for mulching the juniper trees. Mastication will continue as long as the ground conditions permit. This could be extended into winter/early spring, and then resumed in 2023.
To encourage the growth and development forbs, grazes and other shrubs that are vital for many wildlife species, use masticators.
Uncharacteristic fires were stopped to address potential problems at the Blacksmith Fork Watershed. The ecosystem was transformed back into a shrub-forb/grass dominated ecosystem.