WENATCHEE — Ten students in WestSide High School’s 4-H Eco-Stewardship Program ventured out to north foothills land owned by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Wednesday afternoon to assist with planting sagebrush seedlings.
The additional plants are needed to replenish food for mule deer and other wildlife after two wildfires in the past 10 years burned all of the sagebrush in the area, said Braden Hourigan, who helped coordinate the event for the Land Trust.
Students in the Eco-Stewardship program meet weekly for activities and lessons. Students can also earn a half-credit toward their science or leadership graduation requirements through the program.
Around once a month, students also go on field trips throughout North Central Washington, which have included ropes courses and river rafting. Wednesday’s outing entailed assisting the Land Trust with replenishing land scorched by wildfires in 2012 and 2015.
“We’re trying to restore the natural integrity of the landscape,” Hourigan said. “It doesn’t support the same wildlife that the landscape normally would.”
The Land Trust’s goal is for the plants to act as an island, with the seeds carried to the surrounding damaged lands, replenishing those areas as well.
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