“We have done maintenance work on Mallo Trail in the past with Weston County and are happy to work with BLM on this project," said Conservation Camp Program Manager Rob Akers. “This will be a welcome change that gives our crew more experience on different projects, and we hope to continue working with BLM in the future.”
The Mallo parcel underwent a series of pre-commercial and commercial thinning projects to promote multiple resource management objectives including: aspen regeneration, mitigation of mountain pine beetle impacts, wildlife habitat restoration, fuels reduction to reduce the potential for uncharacteristic wildfire and, to provide economic opportunities to the surrounding communities. The trail improvement will include the installation of interpretive panels related to forest management activities in 2014.
Mallo trail is a unique recreational feature in Weston County that passes through several vegetative zones including riparian, aspen, spruce/fir, ponderosa pine, grassland and shrubland communities, and rock outcrops. Several points along the trail afford vistas of the Black Hills and opportunities to see wildlife. Species common to the area include mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and a variety of small mammals and birds. Predators such as coyotes and mountain lions are present but less common.
The Mallo Trail was developed as a joint project between the BLM's Newcastle Field Office, USDA Forest Service Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming State Forestry Office and Weston County Recreation Board.
For more information contact Buffalo Field Office Recreation Planner Allison Barnes at 307- 684-1116.