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Fish and Game Thanks Volunteers

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game thanks volunteers who helped plant native shrub seedlings at the site of last summer's Blair Fire near King Hill.

Volunteers for Habitat Restoration, a cooperative program involving the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management and local residents, improve upland and riparian wildlife habitat in southern Idaho.

The following groups participated: Northside Wranglers, Clever Clover and Lucky Charms 4-H Clubs; BSA Troop/Pack 77; GSA Troops 166 and 347; Buhl, Filer, Wendell, Twin Falls, Gooding, Burley, Cassia Alternative, Shoshone and Glenn's Ferry High Schools; CSI Horticulture Club, Mountain Home AFB and LDS Glenn's Ferry Ward.

The following volunteers also pitched in: Zach Aslett, Greg Betts and family, Del Carraway, Maureen and Jerry Heimerdinger, Chris Jackson, The Kumaus Family, Anne Martin, John and Vicki McCafferty, Kim Razee, Carol Roseberry, Erica Ross, Jack Ruffing and family, and John and Cathy Sawyer.

A special thanks goes to Ridley's Family Market in Jerome for storing seedlings.

This spring, 488 volunteers planted 32,800 sagebrush and bitterbrush at this important site. Their efforts will help restore wildlife habitat to an area that provided habitat for about 5,000 mule deer each winter.