During the summer of 2012, wildfires moved across northern Nevada. The fires scorched private and public land alike, including acreage in designated wilderness areas. These wildfires will greatly affect the community members of Winnemucca, Paradise Valley, McDermitt, and other nearby locations.
Nevada Dream Tag raffle sales funded a relatively modest grant to helping Friends of Nevada Wilderness hold five volunteer efforts to reseed and replant 60 acres of mule deer habitat damaged in the Hanson and Tom Basin Fires. The Hanson Fire began on August 10th, caused by lightning and burned 12,469 acres of land, 1,206 of which were located in the designated Santa Rosa/Paradise Peak Wilderness, Nevada.
“Friends” hosted two volunteer events so far. During the first event on 11/17/2012, nine volunteers planed 260 bitterbrush seedlings in the Hanson Fire area. During the second event 11 volunteers collected 30 pounds of forage kochia seed that will be used to re-seed 60 acres. Three volunteer additional events are planned to plant seedlings.
After working on the reseeding project a volunteer remarked,
“It was great to be part of a team with the goal of restoring the wilderness in such a beautiful and pristine area…definitely a trip to remember.”