January 26, 2015
Nevada wildlife officials have launched rehabilitation of critical wildlife habitat burned by this summer's devastating wildfires.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife has enough cash on hand to
rehabilitate about 70,000 acres of habitat. While that's only
five percent of more than 1.3 million acres burned, 1 million acres in Elko County alone, officials say quick action is necessary.
The money will purchase seeds and pay contractors to perform
drill seeding this fall and aerial seeding this winter. Efforts
will be focused on the most crucial wildlife habitat areas hit by
fire in northeastern Nevada.
Fires in northeastern Nevada consumed more than 60 percent of
the winter range for the state's largest and most productive
antelope herds and eliminated habitat for more than 10,000 sage grouse.