RENO — Volunteers are needed to help replant fire-damaged areas of Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Saturday morning.
About 50 volunteers are needed to help park staff replace 25 trees and 80 ornamental shrubs and grasses that were destroyed when the Caughlin Fire swept through the park last November.
Loss of vegetation and erosion issues caused by fire damage have made parts of the park’s popular trail system unstable and unsafe for public use. These areas have remained closed for rehabilitation and for the safety of the public.
“The fire caused an unprecedented amount of damage to Bartley Ranch and the healing process is an enormous undertaking at a time when resources are limited,” District Ranger Colleen Wallace Barnum said. “Volunteer support will go a long way towards helping us accelerate that process and re-open the damaged areas to public use.”
The re-planting will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.
Volunteers are asked to contact the Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Department’s Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans in advance by calling 823-6525, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.washoecountyparks.com.