Sagebrush Seedlings get planted on the West part of the Martin Fire burn area

BLM Winnemucca Fire Fighter loading Sagebrush Seedlings in truck to transport to Winnemucca

WINNEMUCCA, NV – Numerous volunteers helped the Winnemucca District’s Emergency Stabilization &Rehabilitation efforts by planting Sagebrush seedlings on the Martin Fire burn area.

The project started on November 5, when the BLM Winnemucca District picked up more than 40,000 sagebrush seedlings from the Boise National Forest’s Lucky Peak Nursery in Boise, Idaho. On Saturday, November 10, the BLM, Nevada Muleys, Nevada Bighorn Unlimited, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and numerous volunteers of all ages, started sagebrush seedling planting in an effort to improve winter habitat for mule deer and other species within the 2018 Martin Fire burn area.

“More post-fire ES&R efforts and treatments are still to come,” said Winnemucca District Manager Ester McCullough. “The BLM Winnemucca District is thankful for all the volunteers and groups that came to help out with the ES&R efforts on the Martin Fire”

Volunteers planting Sagebrush Seedlings in the west part of the Martin Fire burn area

Additional ES&R treatments include spraying pre-emergent, prevention of invasive species and retention of native seed “islands”, UTV broadcast seeding, hand planting of bitterbrush and sagebrush seedlings, drill seeding, aerially seeding, mulch application for erosion control, and fence repair.


Fernando J. Pitones Sr.

Public Affairs Officer 

Winnemucca District Office