Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627
The Tonasket Fire and the surrounding areas have suffered much with large vegetative areas destroyed, homes burned, and whole city evacuations. Great Basin Seed is here to help those victims in the Tonasket Fire, North Star Fire, Tunk Block Complex, and the surrounding areas of Washington.
As the weather is beginning to change the minds of those whose land have suffered from burning should be turning towards erosion control and planting new vegetation. Changing weather is going to bring much needed moisture to the areas of the Tonasket Fire, however that moisture will do more harm than good without the proper erosion control.
Here are some frequently asked questions that can get you started:
“Wildlands” or “range” seedings are usually most effective when sown in the fall or winter.
Below are tables of recommended grasses, forbs (flowers) and shrubs for the Tonasket Fire, North Star Fire, Tunk Block Complex, and the surrounding areas of Washington. These plants are likely already established or growing in your area as native or introduced species or are commonly used in fire rehabilitation and erosion control in the western United States.
For the purposes of this Tonasket fire, North Star Fire, Tunk Block Complex, and the surrounding areas of Washington help page, “irrigated” is any species that requires 16″ or more annual precipitation. If your area does not have at least 16″ then you should plan to irrigate or plant dryland or drought tolerant species. Many of Great Basin Seeds plant species are hand picked for their drought tolerance.
Don’t want the hassle of choosing, buy ready made seed mixes! If you are not at all familiar with plants and seed, don’t worry. We have formulated recommended seed mixes from the recommendations of the agencies in your area. They are species proven to work in your area. You can simply skip past all of the technical “stuff” and move straight to buying the prescribed mix in the online store.
|Grass Species||H2O Needs||General Comments|
|Snake River Wheatgrass||Dryland||Great dryland species (introduced)|
|Intermediate Wheatgrass||Dryland||Establishes well, good for pasture|
|Hycrest Crested Wheatgrass||Dryland||Great dryland species (introduced)|
|Bluebunch Wheatgrass||Dryland||Great dryland species (native)|
|Siberian Wheatgrass||Dryland||Great dryland species (introduced)|
|Indian Ricegrass||Dryland||Establishes and persists in sandy, dry soil|
|Thickspike Wheatgrass||Dryland||Excellent sodformer for erosion control|
|Western Wheatgrass||Dryland||Great dryland species (native)|
|Russian Wildrye||Dryland||Great dryland species (introduced)|
|Basin Wildrye||Dryland||Great dryland species (native)|
|Sheep Fescue||Dryland||Excellent for disturbed sites (introduced)|
|Sand Dropseed||Dryland||Good for soil stabilization (native)|
|Smooth Brome||Dryland||Excellent for erosion control but can be weedy|
|Idaho Fescue||Dryland||Deep root system for erosion control (native)|
|Bottlebrush Squirreltail||Dryland||Excellent dryland choice (native)|
|Slender Wheatgrass||Dryland||Great high elevation species|
|Tall Fescue||Dryland||Establishes easy, needs water (introduced)|
|Needle and Thread Grass||Dryland||Excellent erosion control but pesky needles!|
|Sandberg Bluegrass||Irrigated||Establishes well, needs regular water (native)|
|Hard Fescue||Dryland||Requires more water than Sheep Fescue|
|Prairie Junegrass||Dryland||An excellent choice but cost prohibitive|
|Orchardgrass||Irrigated||Except for “Paiute” variety it needs irrigation|
|Perennial Ryegrass||Irrigated||Needs irrigation to thrive|
|Tall Wheatgrass||Dryland||Establishes in saline areas, not good forage|
|Annual Ryegrass||Irrigated||Fast establishing, short lived annual|
|Forbs & Legumes||H2O Needs||Notes|
|Yellow Sweetclover||Dryland or Irrigated||Fast establishing bi-annual, good erosion control|
|Lewis Blue Flax||Dryland||Showy perennial, good erosion control|
|Sainfoin||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Small Burnet||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Small Flower Globemallow||Dryland|
|Lander Alfalfa||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Palmer’s Penstemon||Dryland||Thrives in disturbed soils, persistent after fire|
|California Poppy||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Strawberry Clover||Dryland or Irrigated||Tolerates saline soils|
|Alsike Clover||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Red Clover||Dryland or Irrigated|
|White Dutch Clover||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Ladino Clover||Dryland or Irrigated|
|Rocky Mountain Beeplant||Dryland or Irrigated|
|White Yarrow||Dryland or Irrigated|
The best thing you can do is exactly what you are doing. Research what to plant, when to plant it, and then well… plant it! Revegetating your land is the quickest, most cost effective way to prevent future erosion and Tonasket fires.
An excellent website is the Washington Fire Recovery website.
Another good resource is the Colorado State University website. They have put together an excellent “action plan” for post-fire vegetative work and erosion prevention.