Feds Take to the Air to Reseed Burned Land

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Washoe Valley, NV - Crews are working to reseed federal land that was scorched in the Washoe Drive Fire. On Monday, they used a helicopter to dump 6,000 lbs. of seed on the hills east of US 395.

A helicopter takes to the air so that it can help rehabilitate the ground.

The hillsides off of 395 were charred in the Washoe Drive Fire. That's why on Monday, that area in Pleasant and Washoe Valley was getting sprinkled with seed.

"It's a variety of native and non-native plant species that are designed to help aid in erosion control and fend off evasive plant species and then also be kind of fire-resistant," says Billy Britt, Bureau of Land Management fire operations manager.

If the weather cooperates, we may see grass grow by the spring. But because the fire happened in January, which is an unusually late time for such a fire, the BLM has to work quickly to reseed.

"There's a window that we need to get the seed in," says Britt. "That's just the natural process for seed to germinate. And so if we don't get the seed in now, it has less likelihood of being able to germinate, grow."

The BLM is focusing on more than 500 acres east of US 395 in Washoe and Pleasant Valley.

"This terrain over here isn't close to homes so we're able to reseed it aerially," says Alan Bittner, with the BLM.

This aerial seeding will get done in a day. Workers plan to reseed other tougher areas by hand later on.

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