Spruce Mountain Restoration Benefits Mule Deer, Elk and Sage Grouse

Posted Monday July 24, 2017 by wf_admin

Mule deer, elk, and sage grouse will have enhanced winter habitat in Nevada thanks to support from Wildlife Forever. Wildlife Forever provided a challenge grant to the Mule Deer Foundation in support of the Spruce Mountain Restoration project, an effort to enhance approximately 1,000 acres with native plant species. Project partners, including the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management, are restoring the habitat by thinning and cutting the existing pinyon and juniper forest that has grown thick and choked the native understory. Sagebrush and other native plants will be planted to restore the shrub communities upon which deer, elk, and grouse depend. In any given winter, up to 10,000 Mule deer will utilize the restored habitats on Spruce Mountain.