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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Sagebrush in Prison Project yields nearly 40,000 plants for wildlife habitat restoration
Seedlings provide habitat restoration and education
The “Sagebrush in Prisons Project” is a collaborative project between The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Idaho Department of Corrections, Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and the Sustainability in Prisons program. The Project allows inmates at ISCC to participate in habitat restoration projects by growing the sage brush seedling inside the correction facility. These seedlings go to areas that are effected by wildfire, to help restore habitat for wildlife, especially the greater sage-grouse.
Since April, inmates have tended to over 36,000 sage-brush seedlings for the Twin Falls District BLM Fuels Program. This includes fertilizing, watering and thinning. Once the seedlings were ready for planting, the group carefully extracted all the plants from the grow containers and properly packed them for transport. Each seedling must be hand packaged in order to ensure live plants will be delivered.
ISCC’s Wyoming Big sage-brush seedlings are a part of a sage brush steppe restoration project planting near the BLM managed portions of Craters of the Moon National Monument. The plants will provide critical habitat components, such as food and cover, for sage-grouse and many other wildlife species.
This ongoing project will continue to provide seedlings to the BLM as well as hands-on learning for inmates.