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

Citizens' and Managers' Perspectives

SageSTEP field tour with ranchers and managers.Each of the management options we are evaluating is potentially controversial and could be opposed by some citizens or managers for use on public lands. Even when science suggests that certain management actions will benefit the land, resistance from citizens' groups can make it difficult to take such actions in all of the places where they might be beneficial.

To help managers understand the societal environment in which sagebrush-steppe restoration will take place, we are studying the acceptability of our experimental treatments to various rangeland constituencies as well as to citizens generally. We will also explore how citizens' judgments and legal/regulatory factors affect land managers' decisions about fuels reduction and sagebrush ecosystem restoration.

This research is designed to address the following questions:

Publications related to the sociopolitical research can be found on our SageSTEP Publications page.