FOR RELEASE: August 27, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-101
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ELKO AREA FIRE RESTORATION
Elko, Nev. In celebration of National Public Lands Day on September 29, 2007 - local, state, and federal agencies and organizations are calling for volunteers to help restore the Adobe Mountain area from damages caused by the 2006 Mudd Fire.
This year’s event is being called the Mudd Fire Wildlife Planting. A coalition of partners are pooling resources to plant bitterbrush seed, seedlings, and native grasses; treat noxious weeds; clean up trash; and install an informational kiosk. The partnership sponsoring the event includes Elko County, Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group, the Elko Snobowl, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
“The August 2006 Mudd Fire burned 13,424 acres in an area that is both critical mule deer habitat and a popular Elko recreation spot,” said BLM Elko Field Office National Public Lands Day coordinator Tamara Hawthorne.
“This is a great opportunity for people to get involved and help restore one of our County’s burned areas. Over 1.5 million acres has burned in Elko County in the 2006 Fire Season and thus far in 2007. Rehabilitation and restoration is a mammoth task and needs more work than a handful of agencies can accomplish.”
Volunteers are asked to meet at the Elko Snobowl on North 5th Street in Elko at 8 am on Saturday, September 29. People should bring rakes, gardening hoes, and gloves if they have them. All participants will get a National Parks Pass Gift Certificate, t-shirt, and Dutch Oven lunch served by Bill Roach.
Scouts, 4-H, civic and youth groups, sportsmen’s groups and church groups are invited to participate and sign up early. The general public is encouraged to sign-up by contacting Tamara Hawthorne or the BLM front desk at 753-0200.