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Forest thinning to begin in two commission parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin forest-thinning projects at Chadron State Park and near the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area Nature Center in late March, depending on weather conditions.

The Chadron project may last through November. It will take place on two acres near cabins and on 33 acres in the south part of the park forest. Thinning will be confined to trees of 10 inches or less in diameter in the forest understory.

The Wildcat Hills project may be completed by early April. Thinning will take place on 12 acres primarily north of the Nature Center. Most of the healthy, largest trees are being retained, with more thinning planned for the forest understory. Commission biologists believe a more open forest stand may benefit bighorn sheep, Cassin’s kingbird, Townsend’s solitaire, merlin, mountain bluebird, western tanager, and violet green swallow. Thinning is expected to help reduce the impact of the mountain pine beetle, which can kill trees and was found in several trees near the Nature Center in 2009.

For more information, contact Mike Groenewold at (402) 471-5498 or mike.groenewold@nebraska.gov.