What - The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport Ranger District, invites you to a volunteer event at Sweetwater Flat. Volunteers will find and cut new seedlings and saplings. The area is fairly open and flat so it amounts to wandering through the sagebrush finding and cutting any small trees, using loppers or hand saws.
Where and Why - Sweetwater Flat is located just north of Sweetwater Summit on highway 338 between Bridgeport, CA and Wellington, NV. It provides prime breeding and nesting habitat for the Bi-State sage-grouse. In 2010, the FS removed conifers from the sagebrush ecosystem to promote habitat connectivity and remove perches for sage-grouse predators. Today there are many small conifers coming up in the treated area and the site requires project maintenance to prevent establishment of new perches. View site map.
Next Steps - Snacks, water, and some hand tools will be provided, but please bring appropriate gloves, footwear, clothing, sun protection, and your own loppers and hand saws if you have them.
Camping is not available on site, but there are many FS campgrounds in the area, especially around Twin Lakes. Camping is also available at the nearby Bridgeport Reservoir at a privately owned campground.
Please RSVP to Monique Nelson (775-355-5316) by September 18 if you plan to attend.