CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- With fire season right around the corner, inmates at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City are doing their part to keep things green. The Sagebrush in Prisons Project is a program in three different correctional facilities throughout northern Nevada and it was designed to help the BLM restore the sage grouse habitat that is lost.
According to Shannon Swim, the program's project coordinator, inmates are taught everything they need to know about sowing and caring for the plants. It's the third year that the program is running, and it's a program that helps inmates develop skills they can use outside of the prison walls.
Inmates like Derek Phillips and Kyle Leake enjoy the program because they feel like they're giving back to the community. Both inmates are facing several years in prison and they're looking to make significant changes to their lives, while also making significant changes to the environment and ecosystem.