Volunteers sought for sage grouse work

2014-05-05T12:32:00Z 2014-06-02T06:13:23Z Volunteers sought for sage grouse work The Billings Gazette

Volunteers are being sought on Saturday to join the Sage Grouse Initiative to improve wildlife habitat near Billings.

The work will be filmed by Field & Stream as part of the magazine’s Hero for a Day program to highlight the work of the volunteers and the area’s outdoor opportunities. It will be broadcast on fieldandstream.com.

Now in its fourth year, Field & Stream’s Hero for a Day program, with the support of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. works to connect volunteers with conservation workdays across the country and raise awareness of the local efforts of conservationists. 

Volunteers will hang light- and dark-colored markers — locally produced and designed to be visible against a backdrop of earth or snow — on three miles of fencing. Other volunteers will plant native sagebrush grown by residents of the local Special K Ranch.

Volunteers should meet at Fort Rockvale at 9 a.m. From there the group will drive to the Bequette Ranch to work until 4 p.m.

Dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes, wide-brimmed hats, long pants and long-sleeve shirts and gloves. 

A limited number of Field & Stream/Toyota gift bags will be available for volunteers and one volunteer will receive a $100 gift card. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to enter the drawing.

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