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  • Interior Secretary Jewell visits Idaho, Soda Fire restoration

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours the Soda Fire restoration project in Owyhee County with a group of regional land managers and conservationists Tuesday May 24, 2016. Secretary Jewell viewed progress of 500,000 sage brush plants that have been started this year in the project to restore a healthy ecosystem and keep cheat grass from spreading into burned areas.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours the Soda Fire restoration project in Owyhee County with a group of regional land managers and conservationists Tuesday May 24, 2016. Secretary Jewell viewed progress of 500,000 sage brush plants that have been started this year in the project to restore a healthy ecosystem and keep cheat grass from spreading into burned areas. Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours the Soda Fire restoration project in Owyhee County with a group of regional land managers and conservationists Tuesday May 24, 2016. Secretary Jewell viewed progress of 500,000 sage brush plants that have been started this year in the project to restore a healthy ecosystem and keep cheat grass from spreading into burned areas. Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
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Idaho’s Soda Fire rehab project a ‘learning exercise,’ Jewell says

May 24, 2016 5:00 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."