Sagebrush to be planted in Nevada thanks to prisons project

Nevada Department of Corrections
The “Sagebrush in Prisons Project” is a nationally recognized program where inmates at correctional centers in Carson City and Lovelock raise the sagebrush from the seeds to the planting stage. Nevada Department of Corrections
Shannon Swim, of the Institute of Applied Ecology, works with the inmate of the Nevada Department of Corrections at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City, to pack Sagebrush for eventual planting in the wilderness areas of Nevada. Thanks to a partnership between the Nevada Department of Corrections, the US Land Administration Office. UU. And the Institute of Applied Ecology, more than 200,000 artemis plants will be planted in the Nevada desert marked by forest fires, the Nevada Department of Corrections announced.
The “Sagebrush in Prisons Project” is a nationally recognized program where inmates at correctional centers in Carson City and Lovelock raise the sagebrush from the seeds to the planting stage. Then, BLM staff and private contractors plant the artemis in wild areas devastated by fire.
“This is a great program for our inmates because they acquire horticultural skills while developing the patience and investment necessary to grow artemis,” said Harold Wickham, acting director of the Nevada Department of Correction, in a press release. “This is also a great program for Nevada because it rehabilitates areas with fire scars while restoring grouse habitat.”
It was for this reason that a dozen prisoners carefully packed 80,000 artemises for transport on a cold, cloudless day at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City.
One of these interns, Patrick McKinnon, said he liked the practical nature of work.
“We micro-manage the plants every step of the way, we verify their PH levels and the water content of the soil every day. We covered them with tarps when the weather worsened. All this work prepares the artemis for the day they can be replanted. We feel good about doing something that benefits the state. ”
McKinnon and his fellow prisoners worked under the watchful eye of Shannon Swim, the contractor of the Nevada Institute of Applied Ecology who trains and works directly with the inmates at each facility of the Nevada Department of Corrections.
“The prisoners put their blood, sweat and tears on lifting the sagebrush,” Swim said in the statement.
“They know that forest fires kill the sagebrush to the root, and if we do not replant the scarred areas with sagebrush, the invasive grass will be transferred.
“This is an important program and inmates spend months raising the sagebrush and preparing them for planting,” said Swim.
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This year’s planting will take place in November and will focus on areas marked by the Martin fire, which burned 435,000 acres north of Winnemucca in July 2018.
For more information about the Sagebrush Project in prisons, visit www.appliedeco.org/programs/sagebrush

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