The federal Bureau of Land Management has begun work on a $4.8 million facility in eastern Nevada to store tons of native seeds for use rehabilitating and restoring ecosystems in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert.
The Ely Times reports (http://bit.ly/QSzm9S ) the nearly 17,000-square-foot Ely Seed Warehouse will be built east of the White Pine County Industrial Park.
Construction is expected take several months.
It's paid for with funds from federal land sales under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.
Officials say the building will be capable of dry storing 800,000 pounds of seeds and cold storing another 100,000 pounds.
BLM National Seed Coordinator Paul Krabacher says cold storage is especially important for sagebrush seed, which is harvested in late fall and early winter.
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