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Thursday, July 9, 2020

After the Burn

“After the Burn”

We all know the damage a wildfire can cause, but do you know what happens next?

The Bureau of Land Management, Twin Falls District Fuels Program works to establish and rehabilitate the vegetation that once grew in the burned area.

In late fall and early winter, they plant a mix of native grass, forbes and brush through both aerial and drill seeding. Drill seeding is a process similar to planting a field. They use tractors and specialized discs to “drill” the seed into the soil.

After seeds are planted, our specialists monitor the growth of these plants and the natural recovery of the land. They also check for any presence of invasive species including several noxious weeds.

This process of monitoring can take anywhere from three to 10 years depending on the area.


Why is it Important?

The goal is to ensure natural recovery is occurring on the landscape, preserving both the habitat and ecosystem of the burned area. By planting these seeds, we are able to stop the soil from eroding and prevent invasive specifies from coming in.


These images were taken where the #SharpsFire occurred near Bellevue nearly two years ago. Today the #BLMTFD fuels crew continues to monitor this area to ensure it continues a natural recovery.

 You can see there has already been growth of both native grasses, as well as sagebrush and bitter-brush.

What is unique about this site is that, in addition to the aerial and drill seeding of this area, several elementary school students helped plant these seeds during Natural Public Lands Day.


To help continue this recovery do YOUR PART in preventing wildfires. Learn more by visiting our website,

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