Wildlife Groups, Mines Help Rehab After NV Fires

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Some wildlife conservation groups and mining companies are helping rehabilitate more than 500 square miles of northern Nevada rangeland that burned in a series of wildfires over the past year.

A dozen fire sites have been targeted to reseed and restore mostly sagebrush habitat critical to the sage grouse, mule deer, bighorn sheep and Lahontan cutthroat trout. The areas affected stretch from within about 50 miles of California all the way to the Utah line, mostly north of Interstate 80.

The Bureau of Land Management says the Nevada Chukar Foundation, Nevada Bighorns-Reno, Nevada Bighorns-Midas, Nevada Muleys, Newmont Mining, Barrick Goldstrike and Nevada Department of Wildlife have committed unspecified resources in addition to about $3 million the BLM has spent since fall.