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Elko District Office
Release Date: 09/27/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-074

Elko District BLM plans rehabilitation work for 2013 fires

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District is planning Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) with approximately 850 acres of tractor drill seeding, 7,300 acres of aerial seeding, seven miles of fence repair, 10 miles of temporary protective fencing, 16 acres of targeted noxious weed treatments and 280 acres of bitterbrush hand seeding.

These treatments focus on the rehabilitation of Greater sage-grouse and other critical wildlife habitat, such as Lahontan cutthroat trout, mule deer and pronghorn within five fires that burned a little more than 16,000 acres across the District. Treatments include the ground and aerial application of grass, forb and shrub seeds. The temporary protective fence construction ensures recovery of native vegetation as well as protects the public land user’s seeding investment.

Seeding and erosion control treatments are planned to begin this fall and continue into winter, weather permitting, while other treatments would take place over the next two to three years.

Elko District works in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and private land owners to complete these treatments. Emergency actions are taken during and immediately following a wildfire to reduce the effects of erosion by stabilization and soils to reduce further resource damage and invasive species dominance. ESR seeding treatments help with post burn recovery in areas unlikely to recover naturally in order to provide habitat needs for a number of species.

In addition, aggressive noxious weed detection surveys and treatments will be conducted across the burned areas to prevent any potential weed infestations occurring as a result of the fires. BLM weed crews will work treating weeds through an integrated approach using both chemical and mechanical methods.

The fires are: Smith Ranch, located six miles northeast of Jiggs, Nev; Wieland, located seven miles south of Tuscarora, Nev.; Waterpipe, located five miles southeast of Tuscarora; Red Cow, located 10 miles northwest of Tuscarora; North Valley, located 35 miles south of Wells, Nev.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

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