Bison Fire takes majority of funding from year's fire rehab

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Updated: 9/03/2013 6:05 pm

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & — According to Fire Rehabilitation Coordinator for Carson City, Ryan Elliott, the Bison Fire from last year took away the majority of the funding from this year.

The Bureau of Land Management has about $3.2 million worth of potential restoration work to be done where the Bison Fire southeast of Carson City burned nearly 38 square miles last year. 

With the current allotted funding, Elliott says the BLM and Bureau of Indian Affairs' plan is to seed about one third of the affected area. The targeted seeded area will be aimed at acres 7,000 feet high in the north and east facing slopes. This is because this area contains the most moisture and allows for a higher percentage of growth. 

There will also be island seedings in the areas below 7,000 feet. These seedings will consist of 1-10 acres of scattered areas throughout the affected land. Primarily, the areas that are more sheltered and can hold more moisture. These areas will act as seed sources. In total the areas that will be seeded total around 6,300 acres. And could take up to 25 years to be fully restored.


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