Sagebrush Seeds are Gathered For Replanting in Fire Damaged Areas of Idaho - Outdoor Newspaper

What did our volunteer-based program do during COVID to collect essential, locally adapted seed for fire restoration projects when large, collective group gatherings were no longer permissible?

Volunteers struck out on their own to collect seed one bag at a time to make future planting projects possible in 2021. We also had a few individuals collect sagebrush seed with Fish and Game staff on small outings.

Sagebrush seed collected during the of winter 2020 will be germinated, grown out, and planted to restore areas burned by the Woodhead Fire at Andrus WMA and to restore degraded habitat on Hammer Flat at Boise River WMA.

These seedlings will be put in the ground this spring and/or fall when we gather to do the planting.
We always need additional help from the community to ensure sagebrush seedlings get planted on the landscape for wildlife to consume, to use for cover, and to nest and rear their young.

Did you know that sagebrush provides upwards of 60 percent of the diet of many game animals and birds depending on the time of year?
For example, in the late summer and fall, mule deer switch their diet to shrubs to build up fat reserves for the winter.
During winter months, deer survive by browsing on exposed twigs of bitterbrush and sagebrush as well as other native shrubs.
Winter forage is critical to maintaining healthy deer populations.

To assist with one of these native shrub planting projects or to be included on our volunteer distribution list, please contact


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