Officials feed seeds to animals to replant forest

One of the first waves of replanting northwest Nebraska after last year's wildfires will be done by animals.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to feed seeds for native shrubs and trees to wildlife in the area and rely on the animals to distribute the seeds in remote parts of the Pine Ridge when they defecate.

Wildlife biologist Shelly Steffl says eight hundred biodegradable blocks of seeds have been created. The blocks will be spread through the area for the animals to eat.

The blocks are available to landowners for $3 apiece. Anyone interested in obtaining the seed blocks should contact Steffl at 308-432-6190 or visit the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District.

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