Ten fires bmned more than 797,000 acres across southeast Oregon this season, the majority between Jordan Valley, Oregon, and McDermitt, Nevada. Treatments will provide for rehabilitation of Greater Sage-Grouse and Lahontan cutthroat trout habitat, with a focus on sagebrush restoration and riparian recovery. Treatments will include ground and aerial seed application ofgrass, forb and shrub species as well as fence repair, erosion control structures, and
noxious weed treatments.
Temporary protective fences will be constructed to ensure recovery of native vegetation as well as protect the public land user's investment in seeding treatments. Seeding treatments will use a mix of native and non-native grasses, and shrub species will include sagebrush and bitterbrush. Noxious weeds will be managed by both mechanical and chemical methods.
Seeding will be completed by tractor drill seeding, aerial seed distribution, and seed incorporation with chaining. Seeding and erosion control treatments will begin this fall and continue into winter, weather permitting, while other treatments will take place over the next two to three years.
"Post-fire erosion is a concem" says Jordan-Malhuer Field Manager Pat Ryan. "We look f0rward to working with the community and our sister agencies in restoring the landscape."
The BLM Vale District will work with local landowners and cooperators, in addition to various local, state, and federal agencies, in designing and implementing stabilization and rehabilitation treatments. Monitoring will be conducted to ensure that new noxious weed sites do not become established infestations.