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Medicine Bow National Forest
Replanting Our Nation’s Forests
Forest OverviewThe Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland cover a vast expanse of land from northern Colorado all the way to northeastern Wyoming. The national forests are comprised of many critical mountain ranges. These forest areas provide recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat and forage for livestock in addition to serving as a vital source of clean water for irrigation.
Medicine Bow National Forest Needs Our HelpThe 2015 restoration projects are in the Snowy Range, home to two major recreation areas—Illinois Creek and North Fork Campground. The Illinois Creek project will replant 55 acres that were burned in 2010 during the Illinois Creek Fire. This fire occurred among 30-year-old lodgepole pine trees that had not reached maturity; therefore viable seed was not present in cones that opened as a result of the fire. The North Fork Campground is a 60-acre site, a highly used campground located a short distance from Wyoming Highway 130, a Scenic Byway. The campground was greatly affected by the mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle epidemics. The resulting hazard tree removal left the campground with no trees near these magnificent campsites.