MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Governor Steve Sisolak and other state officials toured the Tamarack Fire burn scar Wednesday morning to see the restoration work that's underway.
The governor was joined by Nevada State Forester Kacey KC and Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Habitat Division Administrator Alan Jenne.
Over the last five months, NDOW and NDF have worked to rebuild the health and resiliency of the rangeland destroyed in the fire. NDF has provided approximately $150,000 in seed and rehabilitation work to make the project possible. NDOW and other outdoor recreation groups were able to produce nearly 65,000 pounds of seed to cover more than 7,500 acres costing about $700,000.
“I applaud NDF, NDOW, and their partners for advancing this critical undertaking to restore thousands of acres across private and Tribal landscapes impacted by the Tamarack Fire to help protect Nevada families, community infrastructure, critical wildlife habitat, and the natural environment,” said Governor Sisolak. “With the sweeping impacts of climate change increasing both the frequency and intensity of wildfires across the western U.S., we must do more than ever to maintain healthy forests and rangelands while creating fire-adapted communities in all corners of the Silver State. The Tamarack Fire restoration project is a shining example of strategic coordination and tangible, on-the-ground action that strengthens Nevada’s long-term resilience to wildfire, drought, and other climate change impacts.”
The destructive Tamarack Fire broke out on July 4 when a single tree caught fire during a lightning storm. The fire burned more than 68,000 acres south of Gardnerville.
See more from Sisolak's aerial tour below: