Permits available for transplants from Bridger-Teton National Forest
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
April 30, 2013
The Bridger-Teton National Forest will begin selling transplant permits on May 1, 2013 from all Ranger Districts across the Forest.
These permits range from $5 - $ 25 each depending on the size and species of plant or tree that you want to transplant. All forest product transplant permits are for personal use only and there is a minimum $20 purchase per permit.
"There are two seasons that are considered best for transplanting, and that is the spring and fall," said Acting Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert. "We do require that you fill in your transplant holes and pack the ground firmly after removing your plant," Probert said.
Motorized equipment such as tree spades or backhoes are not authorized for digging transplants. Only hand tools can be used. The permit must be signed and secured on the tree before leaving the digging site and at all times when transporting.
The Bridger-Teton does offer some tips to help reduce shock to your transplant and improve your chances of a successful transplant. Those looking to obtain a transplant permit should plan to dig the transplants as soon as the ground thaws, and before the new buds open. If you cannot dig transplants in the spring, it is recommended that you try digging them in the fall after they have become dormant. Also, the Forest recommends that you cover the root ball with wet burlap, and keep the soil intact around the roots. You should not place trees/plants directly on the metal bed of a pickup. Rather, it is better to place the plant in cardboard boxes or plywood first. If you are transporting trees/plants a long distance, you should try to cover them with light colored or reflective tarp to prevent the sun and wind from drying the trees out. Finally, you should keep the trees/plants in a cool place out of the sun until they are planted.
Forest product permits are another of the many multiple uses that National Forests provide. For additional information, contact the Bridger-Teton at 307-739-5500.