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Volunteers Plant Sagebrush And Bitter-Brush Seedlings

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By Stephanie Mead

King Hill, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Saturday marked the first day of volunteers taking on the burnt fields of southern Idaho since last year's wildfire season.

Fires from years past have destroyed thousands of acres across southern Idaho. Around 50 volunteers came to plant sagebrush and bitter-brush seedlings for this spring.

David Harper, the coordinator says, "the fire burned up thousands of acres of winter range, so right now it's dominated primarily by grasses were trying to get a better shrub component in so that it benefits the wild life."

The group planted around 5,000 of the plants within a 4 to 5 hour span. These types of native shrubs provide food and shelter to a variety of Idaho wildlife including sage grouse and other upland birds as well as song birds and small mammals.

Fish and game workers aren't the only people getting enjoyment out of restoring the area, families and residents all took part in the event.

"To help the wildlife and to get homes for the animals," adds Connor and Tristin, who are volunteers.

Jan Lemcke says, "I see a number of people and children out here and to me this is the most important thing."

"The community gets a lot of good out of it, it makes them feel good about being here they get really excited about getting to come out and help the wild life and plus it's a day outdoors, there's a lot of families out here so they get to spend some time with the family and friends and just a good feeling all the way around," adds Harper.

Helping create a refurbished environment for wildlife.

Next weekend, Saturday April 5, will be the next day they plant. They'll be at the Big Cottonwood Wildlife Management Area west of Oakley. Then they will be moving to a location west of Rogerson called Mud Flat on April 12 and finishing up back at Big Cottonwood on April 19.


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