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Volunteers Break Fish and Game's Seed Collection Record

Volunteer sagebrush seed collectors for Idaho Fish and Game this year shattered a record set 15 years ago.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers collected more than 3,500 pounds of raw sagebrush seed during 18 outings in southwest Idaho and the Magic Valley, donating nearly 4,800 hours.

The previous record was set in 1992, the first year of the program, when 505 volunteers collected 2,300 pounds or raw sagebrush seed in response to the 257,000 acre Foothills Fire east of Boise that burned that summer.

In the Southwest Region, Fish and Game collected 3,320 pounds of raw sagebrush seed with the help from 759 volunteers on 11 outings up to December 15. This included volunteers from area high schools, an elementary school, Boy Scout troops, home-schoolers, sportsmen's groups, families, Fish and Game regional personnel, and even personnel from Mountain Home Air Force Base.

In the Magic Valley Region, Fish and Game collected more than 181 pounds of raw sagebrush seed with help from 225 volunteers on seven outings. Volunteers included three area high schools, Modern Woodsmen, Wood River Land Trust, and individuals and families.

Here is a breakdown of the final results:

November 13: Magic Valley Volunteers Hours Pounds of Seed

Wood River Land Trust 14 28 15

November 17: Southwest

MHAFB Outdoor Recreation- 9

Boy Scouts, three troops- 29

Haven Home School- 6

Individuals and families- 30

Subtotal: 74 510 327

November 19: Southwest

Mary McPherson Elementary- 30 95 5

November 26: Magic Valley

Twin Falls High Students- 65 97 35

November 28: Southwest

Capital High School- 37

Mountain Cove High School- 6

Borah High School- 25

Individuals- 2

Subtotal: 70 420 164

November 30: Magic Valley

Filer High Students- 32 80 35

December 1: Magic Valley

Individuals and families- 26 104 40

December 1: Southwest

Wild Turkey Federation- 8

Boy Scouts- 23

MHAFB Outdoor Rec- 15

Centennial High School- 2

Individuals and families- 102

Subtotal: 150 780 460

December 4: Magic Valley

Modern Woodsmen- 57 114 20

December 5: Southwest

Payette High School- 44

Council Jr. High School- 30

Cambridge High School- 20

Individuals- 2

Subtotal: 96 524 456

December 6: Magic Valley

Kimberly High School- 21 63 13.5

December 8: Southwest

Boy Scouts- 17

Timberline High School- 11

Ada County Fish & Game League- 8

Individuals and families- 61

Subtotal: 97 679 375

December 8: Southwest

Eagle Scout Project- 20 100 100

December 11: Southwest

SCIC Inmates- 7

Guard- 1

Subtotal: 8 48 66

December 13: Southwest

Borah High School- 120

Individuals- 2

Subtotal: 122 600 593

December: Southwest

Individuals on their own- 2 20 78

December 15: Magic Valley

Individuals and families- 10 40 23

December 15: Southwest

Centennial High School- 20

Les Bois Soccer- 15

MHAFB Outdoor Recreation- 2

Boy Scouts- 5

Individuals and families- 48

Subtotal: 90 490 350

December 12: Southwest

Fish and Game Region Personnel- 343 pounds

Grand Totals: 984 4,792 3,501