Shrub plantings in the Magic Valley have been going well with just under 22,000 Wyoming big sagebrush and antelope bitterbrush plants put in the ground by local volunteers and area high school students. The plantings are intended to increase wildlife forage in areas burned by wildfires, or otherwise lacking a shrubs.There are still approximately 14,000 plants to be planted later this spring.
A local television station, KMVT, did a spot on the project and can be viewed on this video link.
In the aftermath of the Mile Marker 14 Wildfire near Boise and the Soda Fire south of Marsing, Idaho Fish and Game staff are looking for volunteers to plant sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings to help restore both areas.
This news release comes from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and provides some information that hunters may wish to review.
BLM News Release
Owyhee Field Office, Idaho and Malheur Field Office, Oregon
DATE: September 19, 2016
CONTACT: Cindy Fritz (208) 284-3416
Treatments Continue on Soda Fire
Boise, ID -- Treatments within the Soda Fire burn area continue this fall with applications of herbicide on BLM-managed lands in both Idaho and Oregon.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a restrictive season for sage-grouse.
The 2016 season will run from September 17 to September 23, with a daily bag limit of one bird, and a possession limit of two birds. The season will take place in the same areas as last year's hunt with the exception of re-opening an area in Elmore County east and south of U.S. Highway 20 and north of Interstate 84.
Fish and Game is seeking public input on sage-grouse hunting proposals for the 2016 season.