Canyon clearing

Firefighters burn a slash pile in Logan Dry Canyon on Tuesday morning. Forty acres of juniper trees were burned to improve mule deer habitat. Earlier this fall trees were burned in Green Canyon. If weather permits slash piles in Providence Canyon will also be burned later this year.

A large smoke plume — and even flames, occasionally — visible from Logan Dry Canyon for much of Tuesday were part of a Forest Service habitat improvement project.

Workers were burning juniper slash piles in Dry Canyon on Tuesday, which officials stated could continue for several days as they work through a 40-acre area. The juniper was cut down last fall and left in slash piles until the wood was dry enough and conditions were favorable to burn. The City of Logan is conducting similar activity on its land adjacent to Forest Service land in the area.

The slash piles are part of the Three Canyons project, which is aimed at improving mule deer habitat by removing juniper in Green, Providence and Dry canyons, which is intended to improve browsing and increase water available to indigenous plant life.

Workers have already burned the slash piles in Green Canyon and expect to move onto Providence Canyon once they're done with Dry Canyon and conditions are favorable.

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