The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for a prescribed burn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 284-acre treatment takes place in the Little Cataloochee area.
“One of the goals of the prescribed burn project is to improve elk forage and habitat,” Tom Edwards, burn specialist, told the Citizen Times.
RMEF helped with the successful restoration of elk into the region in 2001.
Specifically, the goal is to increase the production of native grasses and forbs while reducing the number of fire-resistant trees.
(Photo source: Great Smoky Mountains National Park)