ELKO — The Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District is wrapping up the first phase of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation work across the district.
Weather conditions this winter have been ideal for BLM crews to complete nearly 100,000 acres of seeding treatments across the landscape aiding the recovery of areas burned during the 2011 wildfire season. The seeding treatments include both rangeland drills and aerial application. Nearly 500,000 pounds of seed was planted in this effort to help stabilize soils, prevent the invasion of weeds, such as cheatgrass, and to help promote the recovery of habitat for sage-grouse, mule deer, pronghorn and many other wildlife species.
Newmont Mining Corporation contributed more than $1 million to treat private and public lands on the Chukar Canyon and Indian Creek Fire areas.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) provided matching funds of $250,000 in a project proposal allowing an additional $250,000 of Ruby Pipeline Mitigation funds to be used on private land rehabilitation treatments on the 2011 fires within the Elko District.
To become a volunteer, call 753-0355. Two more seedling plantings will take place in March.