By Associated Press - Monday, October 26, 2015

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Crews are working to plant sagebrush seedlings in areas of the Twin Falls District of the Bureau of Land Management that were burned by wildland fires

Lucky Peak Nursery has just completed packing 538,000 seedlings to send off to be planted, The Times-News reports ( ).

“They are tiny seedlings, very hard to see because they are three to four inches tall,” said Justin Miller, fuels specialist with the BLM. “It takes three to five years before you can see a noticeable difference.”

Crews started planting seedlings Oct. 19 near the Nevada and Idaho border. Miller said all of the areas have been burned in previous years and are part of a fuels program, not a fire rehabilitation project. He said the fuels program is always trying to improve wildlife habitat.

A 40-person crew will begin planting about 400,000 seedlings Monday in the Grassy Hills west of Rogerson, Shoshone Basin north of Jackpot and Clear Creek areas south of Malta.

Lucky Peak is on part of the Boise National Forest and is the seedling production and seed processing facility for the Intermountain region. The nursery was established in 1960 to help reforestation efforts in the National Forests in southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada and western Wyoming.

This year, the nursery has received requests for more than 2.8 million sagebrush seedlings for BLM field offices in California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.


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