Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


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"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


During my stint as District Ranger we did a lot of this type of treatment to reduce the fuel (mainly brush) and improve wildlife habitat. During the time I was there we treated about 48,000 acres which put us in line to treat all of the treatable acres in about 30 years. Did it work? You be the judge.

Tractors dragging Dixie harrows to remove brush from the site.

Bull elk (the dark spots) using the treated area one year after treatment.

Flowers in the disturbed area. This is one part of the vegetation that is stimulated by treatment.

This is my favorite picture of the vegetation after it is treated and it just happens to be near where the picture of the tractors was taken.


Looney said...

That sounds like a lot of tractor driving. Do you have rainy and dry seasons? Or seasons where everything looks more dead?

Dee Ice Hole said...

Looney--that is a lot of tractor driving---put several kids through college with these projects. We got close to $2 million dollars of contributions from several different wildlife groups to do the work. We sometimes have monsoon rains but don't really have seasons other than summer and winter. Spring always sucks and fall doesn't last any time at all. We do have a period in the winter when everything is under a lot of snow and a short time in the fall when all the vegetation is cured (looks dead).

Amber said...

WOW! definitely worth the effort!!