About the Project

Land Management Treatments

Vegetation and Fuels

Soils and Biogeochemistry

Water Runoff and Erosion

Birds and Insects


Human Perspectives

Climate Change Connection

Weather Stations

SageSTEP Team Members

SageSTEP Partners

Vegetation and Fuels Research

WildfirePlant measurements will be recorded in treatment plots to understand how vegetation structure and plant community composition influence the risk of the site being dominated by invasive plants. We will also explore how changes in vegetation and soils after treatment affect erosion and wildlife. Several changes in the plant community can be used to indicate transition to unhealthy landscapes that require changes in management strategies. For example:

Vegetation and fuels data collection at the SageSTEP South Ruby Mountains study site10-, 100-, and 1000-hour fuel samples, and various other vegetation and fuel measurements are being collected in both the understory and overstory in plots at each of the SageSTEP study sites. Non-fuel vegetation measurements will allow scientists to learn more about the types of plant communities that are likely to appear after a wildfire or management action. With more information about vegetation response to management treatments, managers may more easily be able to predict treatment outcomes and select a management strategy with reduced uncertainty.


Publications related to the vegetation and fuels research can be found on our SageSTEP Publications page.