Press Release

Volunteers Needed to Plant for Wildlife

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.

volunteers planting shrubs
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Photo by Mike Demick

Planting projects are scheduled for the next several Saturdays, and volunteers can expect to work hard while planting seedlings at these events. Some transportation is available if volunteers RSVP. Please contact Michael Young at michael.young@idfg.idaho.gov to receive more details and to sign up.

“The Mile Marker 14 Fire on State Highway 21 burned big game winter range and after this winter’s snowfall, it’s easy to see just how critical these areas are for wintering wildlife,” Fish and Game volunteer and habitat restoration coordinator Michael Young noted. “We need the proper habitat structure to make sure these animals can survive tough winter conditions.”

Volunteers can help with the Mile Marker 14 Fire on March 18th and 25th.

Rehabilitation efforts continue on areas burned in the 2015 Soda Fire. “The nearly 300,000-acre wildfire scorched sage grouse and big game habitat,” Young said. “We are calling out folks who recreate in the Owyhee desert to spend a day with us in April, giving back to the area.” The Soda Fire restoration effort is slated for Saturday, April 1.

For more information regarding the planting project or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Fish and Game, contact Young via e-mail at michael.young@idfg.idaho.gov. Volunteer information is also available on the agency’s website at https://idfg.idaho.gov.

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