The 2013 Elk and Pony Complex fires, which together torched more than 250,000 acres, defined much of the late summer months in the Boise National Forest, with smoke and closures damaging tourism and sending residents to makeshift shelters. Nearly 75 percent of the burned areas suffered high to moderate damage, resulting in the closure of broad swaths of land.
And now, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for volunteers to help plant sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings across the lands that were damaged by the fires. Volunteers will be needed between Saturday, March 29, and Saturday, April 5. IDFG says there are enough seedlings to utilize at least 50 volunteers each day.
"Getting plants into the ground at every opportunity is a significant benefit to the ongoing and continuing efforts to enhance the fire recovery and rehabilitation goals,” said Stephaney Church, Mountain Home District ranger. “The partnership efforts of IDFG and volunteers will help meet a goal of enhancing future recreation and wildlife habitat recovery.”