Lahontan Audubon Society has made a donation to have several thousand sagebrush seedlings raised and donated to BLM.
Some plants have been planted already, but others are ready to go into the ground in areas that have burned and where there is important bird conservation concern. When more planting is possible, we will let your know about VOLUNTEERING.
Email from Katrina Krause, coordinator at BLM:
We are planning on trying to plant some sagebrush seedlings at Sheep Spring on Wednesday through Friday of this week (November 28-30). We need as much help as we can get!
NDOW will have a couple folks out on Wed & Fri and BLM will have a few folks Wed, Thurs, Fri. (If the weather cooperates, we may plant more the week of December 3rd, but we're going to focus on this week first).
If you are available on any of these days, please let me know!
The plan is to meet at the older NDOW office (1100 Valley Rd) in Reno at 7am on each of those days to caravan out to the site. Sheep Spring is accessed through Doyle, CA past the Fort Sage OHV Area on Fish Springs Ranch road (Hwy 395 to Doyle Loop exit, cross the river, then follow signs to the Widowmaker OHV area, then continue on that road to a large, metal watering trough on the right side-we'll rally again at that location before proceeding to the site). A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is needed for the last portion of the drive, but we can shuttle folks from the Fish Springs Ranch Rd, if needed, as well.
We have 7,700 seedlings designated for this site, but I know we will not be able to get that many planted in such a short time. The more help we have the more we CAN get planted, though. This is a sage-grouse lek location that burned completely over in the 2017 Long Valley fire.
Be prepared for rain/snow and hiking over flat, but rocky ground.
(o,o) Katrina Krause
( \) Wildlife Biologist
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