ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-18
FOR RELEASE: January 30, 2008
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRE REHAB ACTIVITIES CONTINUE
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) crews, Nevada Department of Wildlife staff, private contractors, private land owners, and volunteers are continuing to stabilize and rehabilitate lands burned in the 2007 fire season.
Accomplishments to date include:
- 17 miles of protective fencing around burned areas has been constructed.
- 20 miles of damaged fence has been repaired that will aid in protecting burned areas.
- 16,750 acres of fire damaged lands prone to cheat grass invasion have been drill seeded with a variety of grasses and forbs.
- More than 12,000 acres of drainages and watersheds have been aerially seeded with grasses and forbs to minimize erosion and maintain the ecological integrity of fire damaged areas.
- Nearly 45,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat have been aerially seeded with sagebrush and forbs to promote the recovery of the Great Basin’s most important vegetation type.
- Almost 2,000 acres of bitterbrush seeding has been completed in mule deer winter and intermediate range.
- Cultural Inventory was completed on more than 20,000 acres of public lands ensuring the protection of cultural resources where ground disturbing treatments occur.
“This winter has been very busy for fire rehab activities," said Tyson Gripp, BLM Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Specialist. “We have completed a variety of treatments including the construction of protective fence, fence repair, drill seeding, aerial seeding, and hand seeding of bitterbrush.”
“Work began in the northeast corner of the state near Jackpot, where most of the acres on the district were burned. Many of these areas are now inaccessible by ground due to the amount of snow the area has received. Weather continues to be a factor with remaining fencing and drill seeding work. Aerial seeding projects continue at this time both with helicopter and fixed winged aircraft.
"Aerial grass seedings target drainages that burned with high intensity and that are prone to erosion,” added Gripp. “Critical wildlife habitat will also be seeded with sagebrush, with emphasis being placed on sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn habitat.”