Mule Deer Winter Habitat Enhancement

Snowbrush (Ceanothus velutinus) is an essential food source for mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). However, the abundance of this plant was negatively affected in the Bridge River Watershed after the 2009 forest fire. The purpose of this project is to enhance the winter habitat for mule deer and Bighorn sheep by rejuvenating the population of snowbrush. We have collected seeds for sowing so we can create a self-dependent propagation in the following years, thereby supporting the future populations of mule deer.