BLM will reseed land burnt by Cosgrove Fire
Later this month, more than 25,000 pounds of seed will be scattered by plane across the portion of federal land burned by the Cosgrove Fire last August. A mix of nine native plant seeds will be dropped on 1,744 acres in Little Book Cliffs Wilderness Study Area and Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range, the Bureau of Land Management announced Monday.
The fire, caused by lightning, was allowed to burn to create new forage in the dense pinyon-juniper habitat for wild horses and other wildlife. The BLM hopes that reseeding will further improve the ecosystem of the area, about eight miles north of Grand Junction.
Olathe Spray Services will drop some 14.8 pounds per acre from a crop-duster-type plane over two days. The reseeding will occur by April 1. When, exactly, depends on weather conditions, according to BLM spokesman David Boyd.
“Ideally, we would like it to follow a fresh snow, but it will happen as soon as possible,” he said from the Rifle office.
This follows standard practice, he said. Reseeding after a fire generally occurs in the early spring or late winter so there is enough moisture.
“We are applying this native seed ahead of the spring growing period to minimize the potential for non-native cheatgrass to invade the area,” said Christina Stark, BLM’s resource advisor on the Cosgrove Fire, in a statement.