November 21, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Budget constraints are forcing federal land managers to scale back wildfire rehabilitation plans across thousands of acres of public land in Nevada.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently identified more than $3.2 million worth of potential restoration work to be done in southern Douglas County where the Bison Fire burned nearly 38 square miles last year.
But agency officials tell the Reno Gazette-Journal they'll only be able to do about one-third of that work in the coming year due to increased demand and dwindling resources after last year's big fire season.
The biggest single fire on record in western Nevada, the Bison Fire burned about 24,000 acres southeast of Carson City, including thousands of acres identified as priority habitat for sage grouse and other sensitive species.