UNR hoping to spark sagebrush growth

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Updated: 2/25/2014 5:17 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- UNR is working to re-implement Nevada's state flower onto unsustainable lands.

Sagebrush has a hard time reseeding on fire-devastated soil. The University's Cooperative Extension Program are planting the brush where non-native cheat and wheat grass can populate after fires. Sagebrush keeps soil moist, along with protecting wildlife from predators and the elements.

Kent McAdoo is the Cooperative Extension's Natural Resource Specialist, and he said that sagebrush research has found some remarkable things. "When we did some control of the grasses, whichever grass it was, the cheat grass, the crusted wheat grass or the native grass, that allowed us to more successfully transmit the sage brush and the sage brush were more robust and grew more quickly, they were larger."

Officials hope by planting a small amount of sagebrush the plant will colonize the surrounding area.
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