The 2001 Martis fire burned 14,000 plus of acres of forest and vegetation along Hwy. 80 between Truckee and Verdi. Since that time, no one has had the money to restore the ecosystem. Now, with the help of Federal funds, money is available to improve the ecosystem and avoid excessive erosion into the Truckee River.
The Sierra Business Council and Washoe County will spearhead the restoration project. Funding will be in the amount of $211,000 in Federal money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The 220 acre rejuvenation project is underway near the area of Floriston. This area has regrown with invasive, non-native weeds that create a fire risk. The eight-person crew will use sprays to kill the invasive plants as well as seed the area with grasses and shrubs that they do want.
Some of the seeding will be done by helicopter. Project managers hope to see some results by next spring.