DATE: May 25, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-35
TREES PLANTED ALONG SOUTH FORK OF THE HUMBOLDT
Sixty volunteers planted about 80 cottonwood trees along the South Fork of the Humboldt River just north of the dam on May 21st in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Tamara Hawthorne, BLM Elko Field Office National Public Lands Day coordinator commented, “The volunteers were great and all the trees were planted and fenced. Given the extremely high water levels in the Humboldt, it was especially challenging to get the trees, fencing, and tools where they were needed.”
“Getting the trees in the ground in May will give them a better chance to survive than if they were planted in the fall. A Nevada Youth Training Center crew collected over 300 lbs of garbage along the river corridor and removed hundreds of Scotch thistle plants as well. Other volunteers included local Girl Scouts and Back Country Horsemen of Nevada,” concluded Hawthorne.
Following the morning’s work, volunteers were treated to a Dutch-oven lunch provided by Elko Interagency Dispatch Center Supervisor Bill Roach.