Sagebrush in Prisons


SRCI: Snake River Correctional Institution

Growing 57,760 native plants for Sage-grouse and monarch butterfly habitat.

  • SRCI is a multi-security facility located in Ontario, Oregon; it is the largest prison in the state.
  • A team of 5 – 20 inmates in the minimum security facility work on seed sowing, day to day care and planting out the sagebrush.
  • A greenhouse and hoop house was constructed by DOC to grow and house the sagebrush.
  • Institute for Applied Ecology partnered with the Vale BLM field office with the sagebrush project and plant-out.
  • During 2014, SRCI piloted growing and planting 20,000 sagebrush.
  • The project was so successful that in 2015, the prison increased production to 23,000 plants.
  • The SRCI crew grew 40,000 plants in 2016.
  • In 2017 the SRCI crew grew 50,000 sagebrush plants.
  • In 2018 49,240 sagebrush plants were grown at SRCI.
  • In 2019 SRCI grew 57,562 sagebrush and 198 milkweed plants.

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WCCF: Warner Creek Correctional Facility

  • WCCF is a minimum security facility located in Lakeview, Oregon. All inmates housed there are scheduled for release within four years.
  • In 2016 the crew at WCCF grew 22,309 sagebrush plants.
  • In 2017 the sagebrush crew at WCCF grew 25,000 plants.
  • In 2018 the WCCF crew grew 22,000 sagebrush plants.
  • In 2019 WCCF grew 30,000 sagebrush, and 3,000 bitterbrush plants for sage-grouse habitat.

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WCCF Banana Splits and Hoop House – June 2022

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