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IDA Grasslands

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IDA Grasslands Project - May 18 & 19 2013

Historic overgrazing and fire exclusion have allowed junipers and pines to encroach upon hundreds of thousands of acres of historically open lands on the Kaibab National Forest. IDA Grasslands serve as essential habitat for elk, mule deer, wild turkey - and most notably - pronghorn antelope. Golden eagles, burrowing owls, ferruginous hawks, Gunnison's praire dogs, and other grassland wildlife of conservation concern use these areas. However, these grasslands are being invaded by junipers and pinyon pines. to the point where mechanical treatment is necessary before fire can be effectively used for their maintenance.

Project Objectives: To restore  or maintain grassland habitat used by pronghorn antelope, elk, mule deer, wild turkey, and many non-game species of conservation concern.

Project Location: Approximately 13 miles southeast of Valle.  Directly south of the east-west portion of Hwy. 180 and approximately ten miles east of Hwy. 64.

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From Flagstaff: Head northwest on highway 180 (toward Ski Area, Valle & Grand Canyon). It is approximately 36 miles northwest to mile post 252 on highway 180. Turn south on Forest Road 144 heading south 4 miles to Forest Road 789 turn right (west), go approximately 2 mile to CAMP. Follow the signs to the camp area from here.

Forest Road 144 is a main gravel all weather road. Road 789 is passable for 2 wheel drive trucks, low clearance vehicles are not recommended but the road is passable for cars. Campers/RV’s are Ok unless the weather conditions are muddy. Please check this website going forward for more instructions. There will be signs posted after you get off Highway 180 heading south on Forest Road 144 Etc.

If you have question call Tom Schorr 602-819-3848