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Seed giveaway begins Thursday

Landowners who would like to attract more wildlife to their property can take advantage of an annual, free, grass-seed giveaway that begins Thursday at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office on the Denman Wildlife Area.

The ODFW again has teamed with the Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association to provide two tons of a mix of grass seeds to create forage opportunities for everything from big-game animals to nongame birds.

The seed will be given away on first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Denman Wildlife Area office, 1495 E. Gregory Road, White City. It will continue until the all 267 bags are gone, but the seed rarely lasts past the first day of the giveaway.

However, this year’s giveaway comes with the persistent COVID-19 caveat.

Seed can be picked up at the Denman driveway from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Social distancing is required.

Each landowner can get a 15-pound bag to be planted this fall, which is enough seed to turn about 1 acre into a veritable wildlife magnet.

The mix includes subterranean clover, Timothy grass, plantain, Persian clover and orchard grass.

They are all non-native grasses chosen because they compete well with star thistle and other non-native weeds. However, the mix is not suitable for healthy habitats such as woodlands and grasslands dominated by native species, which already provide suitable wildlife forage.

The seed is best when planted in the fall so it will sprout with fall rains, Keehn says. It does not require irrigation, and it will continue to reseed itself annually, she says.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

The ODFW again has teamed with the Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association to provide two tons of a mix of grass seeds to create forage opportunities for everything from big-game animals to nongame birds.