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Sweetwater Flat clean-up day Sept. 23

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A volunteer cleanup day at Sweetwater Flat is Sept. 23, according to the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport Ranger District.

Located just north of Sweetwater Summit on Highway 338 between Bridgeport and Wellington, Sweetwater Flat is about 25 minutes drivetime from Bridgeport.

According to Sage-Grouse Project Coordinator Monique Nelson, Sweetwater Flat provides prime breeding and nesting habitat for the Bi-State sage-grouse.

"In 2010, the Forest Service removed conifers from the sagebrush ecosystem to promote habitat connectivity and remove trees that provide perches for sage-grouse predators," Nelson said. "Many small conifers are now coming up in the treated area and are ready for us to do project maintenance by cutting down new seedlings and saplings to prevent new perches from establishing."

Nelson said the area is fairly open and flat so it amounts to wandering through the sagebrush looking for any small trees and when found, using loppers or hand saws to cut them at the ground surface.

"We plan to enjoy the fall morning out on Sweetwater Flat starting at 9 a.m. and ending around noon," Nelson said. "We will provide snacks, water, and some hand tools (loppers and hand saws). Please bring your own appropriate gloves, footwear, clothing, and sun protection. Also, bring your own loppers and hand saws if you have them."

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Although camping is not available on site, the Forest Service has many campgrounds in the area, especially around Twin Lakes. Camping is also available at the nearby Bridgeport Reservoir at a privately owned campground.

Please RSVP Nelson by Sept. 18 at 775-355-5316 or moniquelnelson@fs.fed.us