The purpose of the Sagebrush in Prisons Project is to improve habitat for the greater sage-grouse by engaging state prison systems in production of sagebrush and other important plants for habitat restoration on BLM lands. BLM field offices and the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) grow sagebrush with 5 prisons in 3 states. Inmates are involved in sowing plants, growing them over the summer, and planting-out on BLM land in the fall. The program is a win-win-win for inmates, community, and the environment. Inmates learn horticulture skills and gain confidence from sowing seeds, daily plant care, and planting-out on greater sage-grouse habitat. IAE currently has plants to expand the program to 10 prisons this current season. Stacy Moore, Ecological Education Program, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR, presents.
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