Forty-five volunteers from kids to adults planted 4,000 sagebrush seedlings on a portion of the Sheep Creek Fire near Battle Mountain, Saturday March 30. The Sheep Creek Fire last year burned approximately 59,000 acres of public and private land.

“We are out here today bolstering the rehab efforts on the Sheep Creek Fire,” said Tyson Gripp, Emergency Stabilization Rehabilitation Coordinator, BLM Elko District. “We are planting Wyoming Sagebrush seedlings that were grown by the Lucky Peak Nursery in Idaho.”

The sagebrush planting was done by hand and concluded this season’s Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation efforts after about 40,000 acres had been aerially seeded earlier in the year on the Sheep Creek Fire.

“The Sheep Creek range is really important mule deer winter range. This is a continuation of all the good work that BLM, sportsmen’s groups like Nevada Muleys, and Nevada Department of Wildlife do following fires,” said Matt Jeffers, NDOW Area 6, Game Biologist.

As for the success of the sagebrush planting, Gripp said, “These north-facing slopes hold more moisture and these sagebrush plantings will probably have a 70-75 percent chance of surviving.”