Collaboration Key to restoring Eastern Nevada’s burned public lands

ELY—Two federal agencies, a county entity and a non-profit organization recently teamed up to restore public lands in eastern Nevada burned by wildfire.

The Agricultural Research Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tri-County Weed Control and Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition last month treated about 200 acres of BLM-administered land burned in the Strawberry Fire. The lighting-ignited fire in 2016 burned nearly 4,660 acres, mostly within Great Basin National Park.

The partners applied herbicides and seeded. The treatments will help to stabilize soils and stem erosion, reduce non-native plant species and noxious weeds, and restore native habitat. Numerous wildlife species will benefit, including elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and greater sage grouse.

The October treatments follow January’s aerial seeding of approximately 2,027 acres of BLM and National Park Service lands. The BLM conducted the aerial seeding in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Both actions are part of the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan developed last year in response to the fire.

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