Rehabilitation efforts in the burned area will take place over three years and include:
- 3,500 acres of aerially seeding;
- 22,000 acres of drill seeding;
- planting 9,082 acres of sagebrush seedling (plugs);
- placing up to 200 erosion control structures within or upslope of affected drainages;
- placing a sediment fence along Highway 205, up to 1,000 feet long;
- cleaning culverts, ditches, and existing catchment basins;
- reconstructing approximately 50 miles of fence;
- reconstructing or replacing one wildlife guzzler and one spring development; and
- constructing approximately 20 miles of new temporary (removable) fence.
A combination of native and desirable non-native species will be utilized in the seed mixes. Rehabilitation treatments are designed to repair or improve lands unlikely to recover naturally from severe wildfire damages. Implementing these actions provides the greatest likelihood of successful establishment of perennial vegetation to compete with annual grasses, stabilize soils, and reduce the likelihood of new and expanding weed infestations, among other things. In addition, these actions provide for the ability to control erosion, protect facilities, and provide for public safety.
The Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record analyzing the rehabilitation and stabilization work are available online at:
Specific details about the types and locations of the work described above are included in the documents.
For more information about the Miller Homestead wildfire or the rehabilitation work, please contact the Burns District office at 541-573-4400.