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Northern California District
Release Date: 12/11/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-13-27

Volunteers Helping BLM with Recovery from Rush Fire

Volunteers have been demonstrating their appreciation for the public lands by donating time and effort to help with recovery from the Rush Fire in Lassen and Washoe counties.

Members of the Mule Deer Foundation and the Honey Lake Pointing Dog Club joined members of the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office staff over the weekend of Dec. 8 to plant 1,500 bitterbrush seedlings across a 500-acre burned area off the Rye Patch Road northeast of Susanville.  The group plans another seeding outing in an area that once supported a dense bitterbrush stand.

Bitterbrush is an important food source for mule deer and many other wildlife species, and provides cover for sage-grouse.  It is a slow-growing plant, so using seedlings will help speed up the rate of recovery.

The project was made possible by a $5,000 donation from the Mule Deer Foundation, which provided 3,000 bitterbush seedlings and mesh tubes that will protect the fragile plants from foraging animals.

“We greatly appreciate the donation from the foundation and the work of the volunteers,” said Ken Collum, manager of the Eagle Lake Field Office.  “Restoring the land after this fire is a huge undertaking, and we welcome all who would like to help out.”

The Rush Fire, ignited by lighting in August, burned more than 315,000 acres of high desert range northeast of Susanville.  It burned parts of nine livestock grazing allotments, within six wilderness study areas, and parts of the Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Area.

In addition to volunteer projects, BLM crews are currently at work planting native grass and shrub seeds on about 5,000 acres.


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Last updated: 12-11-2012