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Native seed shortage hampers wildfire recovery

RENO - High demand has pushed up the price and hurt the supply of native seeds needed to replant areas devastated by drought in some areas of the West and wildfires that burned millions of acres of land nationally.

Some agencies reported shortages of sagebrush seed as dry conditions hamper the ability of unburned plants to produce new seed for harvest.

"I've been in the business 24 years and this is the most extreme fluctuation in demand and availability I've ever seen," Ed Kleiner, owner of Comstock Seed, a commercial seed distributor based in Gardnerville, told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

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