- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Utah officials are working on reseeding more than 200 acres of land scorched by the Wheeler Fire in September.

The Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Ps23qC ) that the Division of Wildlife Resources contracted helicopters to drop a mix of seeds for grasses, flowering plants and shrubs.

Division habitat restoration biologist Alison Whittaker says reseeding is meant to stabilize the soil and provide food for wildlife.

She says it uses a combination of species to provide for different animals in the region.

Whittaker also explains that vegetation on the surface of the soil will help prevent runoff during heavy rains. The plants will slow water movement and give it time to percolate into the soil.

The Wheeler Fire was caused by human-related activity and burned about one square mile of land near Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldextra.com


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