BLM to Begin Rehab After Elko-Area Fires

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Federal land managers say they'll plant grass, forb and shrub seeds to rehabilitate public land around Elko County scorched by wildfires this year.

Bureau of Land Management officials say the effort is designed to rehabilitate habitat in burn areas for sage grouse and other wildlife such as Lahontan cutthroat trout, mule deer and pronghorn antelope.

Five fires blackened some 16,000 acres across the agency's Elko district, including near Jiggs, Tuscarora and Wells.

Plans include the seeding of about 850 acres by ground and 7,300 acres by air to provide habitat needs for a number of species.

Plans also call for seven miles of fence repair and 10 miles of temporary protective fencing to ensure the recovery of native vegetation.

The agency will work in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and private land owners to complete the projects. The work also is designed to reduce the effects of erosion and prevent the spread of invasive weeds.

Seeding and erosion control treatments are set to begin in the fall and continue into the winter. The other projects will take place over the next two to three years.

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