Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Restoring the Tom Basin Burn Area, Part One

A team of volunteers braved chilly temperatures to plant native brush in the Santa Rosa Range, the first of four trips this spring to restore a burned area.

The Tom Basin Fire, which burned in 2011, left the area scorched and gave a foothold for invasive species.

Volunteers planted 700 bitterbrush plants - a staple of the mule deer's winter diet - and over 150 Great Basin Big Sage and Wyoming Big Sage starts were put in the ground. Aside from being a favorite area for mule deer, Tom Basin is also habitat for the sage grouse.

Join us to restore Tom Basin - there are still three more opportunities this spring! Contact Brenna@NevadaOutdoorSchool.org for dates and details.

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