On July 22, 2010, a fire burned approximately 450 acres of city-owned property and 50 acres of BLM property near Auger Falls in the Snake River Canyon.
After the fire, the city received a total of $41,200 in donations for restoration purposes. This amount including $2,200 donated through the Twin Falls Community Foundation. In addition to the funds, donations included 2,500 pounds of native grass seed. This seed was worth approximately $21,000.
The Bureau of Land Management helped with native grass, sagebrush and wildflower seed, mixing, bagging, and delivery of the seed. The bureau also supplied planting instructions and oversight of reseeding.
On September 11, 2010, about 400 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and about 50 other volunteers from the community spent about 4 hours reseeding.
These volunteers were able to cover 200-250 acres of land that had been burned by the fire. A barbecue lunch was provided by CH2M Hill for all the volunteers that day.
In some areas the reseeding took hold very well, while others not so well. But the effort and overwhelming demonstration of generosity from the community will not be forgotten.
"These donations of time, money and seeds are an example of why the Magic Valley is such a wonderful place to live," Dennis Bowyer, Parks and Recreation Director of the City of Twin Falls.
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