Blackbrush Seed Collection Project
By now, many of you have probably heard about the Interagency volunteer seed collection effort we are mounting. Blackbrush is a mid-elevational plant that does not produce seeds every year, instead it produces seeds only every 5-7 years. Large portions of blackbrush habitats in southern Nevada have burned in the past few years, and may take centuries to recover without management intervention. We have scheduled five consecutive Saturdays; May 31st, June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at various locations across the different land management agencies in southern Nevada.
On May 31st, we had 23 volunteers come out and help us kick off this effort. This group was supported by seven agency personnel for collection, and Lake Mead NRA engine crew chipped in to provide EMS support. This group was able to collect approximately one hundred pounds (45 gallons) of material, which will yield thousands of seeds that we can use for future revegetation projects in the Newberry mountains.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can register at the Get Outdoors Nevada web page (www.getoutdoorsnevada.org)
Did You Know?
In order to manage invasive plants on park lands, 16 Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT's) have been deployed throughout the country. The teams are a new weapon to combat exotic plants. The first test of the EPMT concept was made in 1996 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. More...