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Volunteers needed to help restore the 2017 Limerick Canyon Fire burn area

WINNEMUCCA, NV – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, and Coeur Rochester Mine are partnering together and looking for volunteers to help on Wednesday, November 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to plant native sage brush seedlings to restore the burned area affected by the 2017 Limerick Canyon Fire.

Coeur Rochester will be providing a lunch for volunteers. The location will be just outside the Coeur Rochester Mine Site in the Sacramento Canyon. We’ll be meeting at the top of Spring Valley Pass at 9:00 a.m. and then a short drive to the planting site. The meeting site is 9.5 miles east of I-80 Exit 119.

During the summer of 2017 the Limerick Fire burned 14,592 acres in the Humboldt Range. To restore wildlife habitat and protect against soil erosion, the Winnemucca BLM developed and is implementing an Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) plan. Last year 2,795 acres was seeded with native grasses and shrubs, stream stabilization structures were installed, and willow stakes were planted along 1.5 miles of Sacramento Creek. This year’s hand planting uses seedlings grown by Nevada Division of Forestry’s Humboldt County Conservation Camp produced from locally collected seed. Future ESR efforts will focus on controlling noxious weeds and tracking the recovery of the burned area.

For more information about the event and where volunteers can sign up, please contact Natural Resources Specialist, Michael McCampbell at 775-623-1500 or mmccampbell@blm.gov. To RSVP please contact Heidi Goetsch at 775-273-7995 ex 1921 or email hgoetsch@coeur.com.

Courtesy: Fernando Pitones Sr., Public Affairs Officer for Winnemucca District BLM