Airborne re-seeding continuing throughout Lassen and Plumas areas damaged by last year’s Beckwourth Complex wildfire
Bureau of Land Management staff from the agency’s Eagle Lake Field Office last week began a re-seeding project aimed at dropping tons of shrub and grass seed on rugged, inaccessible wildlife habitat areas that were destroyed in last summer’s Beckwourth Complex wildfire. The massive wildfire, which was the result of two earlier lightning-caused fires that eventually merged, burned for several months throughout Plumas and Lassen counties.
With help from a contracted pilot, more than nine tons of seedlings were dropped last week on the hillsides above the small Lassen County community of Doyle, and BLM officials have said the re-seeding project will be continuing with the agency’s next step focusing on re-seeding the high desert lands between Susanville and Sierra County.
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The Beckwourth Complex wildfire was the merger of two lightning-ignited fires that burned in the Plumas National Forest in Plumas and Lassen counties from late June until late September of last year. The two major fires of the complex, the Dotta and Sugar fires, impacted national forest lands, public rangelands and private property.
The blaze, which was the largest California wildfire of the 2021 fire season, collectively burned 105,670 acres and destroyed nearly 150 homes; 33 of which had been in Doyle, where this week’s re-seeding efforts were focused.
BLM officials say the re-seeding efforts thus far focused on more than 2,300 acres of wildland, which is just under half of the BLM-managed lands impacted by the months-long blaze.
“Mule deer will benefit from the regrowth of the antelope bitterbrush and native grasses that were seeded,” BLM said in a Feb. 16 social media release.
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“Next, the staff will work on planting seedlings of Lassen County bitterbrush, a species endemic to the high desert lands between Susanville and Sierra County,” they continued.
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