Educational Resources for Sagebrush Landscapes

Ecology of Sagebrush Systems


Sagebrush Ecosystems

The Great Basin

Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands

Cheatgrass Invasion

Wildlife in Sagebrush Ecosystems


Wild and Prescribed Fire

Sociopolitical and Economics

Data Analysis



Bibliography: Wild and Prescribed Fire

Allen, E.A., J.C. Chambers and R.S. Nowak. 2008. Effects of a spring prescribed burn on the soil seed bank in sagebrush steppe exhibiting pinyon-juniper expansion. Western North American Naturalist 68(3): 265-277. Available here.

Bates, J.D. and T.J. Svejcar. 2009. Herbaceous succession after burning of cut western juniper trees. Western North American Naturalist 69:9-25. Available here.

Blank, R.R., J. Chambers, B. Roundy and A. Whittaker. 2007. Nutrient availability in rangeland soils: Influence of prescribed burning, herbaceous vegetation removal, overseeding with Bromus tectorum, season, and elevation.  Rangeland Ecology and Management 60(6): 644–655. Available here.

Chambers, J. C. 2005. Fire related restoration issues in woodland and rangeland ecosystems. In J. Agee (compiler). Mixed Fire Regimes Conference. 17-19 November, Spokane, WA.

Davies, K.W., J.D. Bates and J.J. James. 2009. Microsite and herbaceous vegetation heterogeneity after burning Artemisia tridentata steppe. Oecologia 159(3):597-606. Available here.

Davies, K.W., T.J. Svejcar and J.D. Bates. 2009. Interaction of historical and nonhistorical disturbances maintains native plant communities. Ecological Applications 19(6):1536-1545. Available here.

Davies, K.W., R.L. Sheley and J.D. Bates. 2008. Does fall prescribed burning Artemisia tridentata steppe promote invasion or resistance to invasion after a recovery period? Journal of Arid Environments 72:1076-1085. Available here.

Ellsworth, L.M. and J.B. Kauffman. 2010. Native Bunchgrass Response to Prescribed Fire in Ungrazed Mountain Big Sagebrush Ecosystems. Fire Ecology 6(3):86-96. Available here.

Hann, W.J. and D.L. Bunnell. 2001. Fire and land management planning and implementation across multiple scales. International Journal of Wildland Fire 10: 389-403. Available here.

Hood, S.M. and M. Miller, editors. 2007. Fire Ecology and Management of the Major Ecosystems of Southern Utah. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-202. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 110p. Available here.

Johnson, B.G., D.W. Johnson, J.C. Chambers and R.R. Blank. 2011. Fire effects on the mobilization and uptake of nitrogen by cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.). Plant Soil 341:437-445. Available here.

Johnson, D.W., R.B. Susfalk, R.A. Dahlgren and J.M. Klopatek. 1998. Fire is more important than water for nitrogen fluxes in semi-arid forests. Environ. Sci. Policy 1:79-86. Available here.

Johnson, T.N. and R.S. Dalen. 1990. Managing individual juniper and pinyon infestations with pelleted tebuthiuron or picloram. Journal of Range Management 43:249-252. Available here.

Keane, R.E., J.K. Agee, P. Fule, J.E. Keeley, C. Key, S.G. Kitchen, R. Miller and L.A. Schulte. 2008. Ecological effects of large fires on US landscapes: benefit or catastrophe? International Journal of Wildland Fire 2008(17): 696-712. Available here.

Korfmacher, J. L., J. C. Chambers and R. J. Tausch. 2003. Technical Note: A devise and method for conducting small plot burn treatments. Journal of Range Management 56(3):251-254. Available here.

Lesica, P., S.V. Cooper and G. Kudray. 2007. Recovery of big sagebrush following fire in southwest Montana. Rangeland Ecology and Management 60(3):261-269. Available here.

Melgoza, G. and R.S. Nowak. 1991. Competition between cheatgrass and two native species after fire: implications from observations and measurements of root distribution. Journal of Range Management 44(1):27-33. Available here.

Mell, W., M.A. Jenkins, J. Gould and P. Cheney. 2007. A physics-based approach to modelling grassland fires. International Journal of Wildland Fire 16(1):1-22. Available here.

Miller, R.F. and E.K. Heyerdahl. 2008. Fine-scale variation of historical fire regimes in sagebrush-steppe and juniper woodland: An example from California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire 17(2):245-154. Available here.

Miller, R.F. and J.A. Rose. 1999. Fire history and western juniper encroachment in sagebrush steppe. Journal of Range Management 52:550-559. Available here.

Miller, R.F. and R.J. Tausch. 2002. The role of fire in juniper and pinyon woodlands: a descriptive analysis. Proceedings: The First National Congress on Fire, Ecology, Prevention, and Management. San Diego, CA, Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2000. Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL.

Ott, J.E., E. Durant McArthur, and B.A. Roundy. 2003. Vegetation of chained and non-chained seedings after wildfire in Utah. Journal of Range Management 56(1):81-91. Available here.

Rau, B.M. 2009. Assessing Carbon and Nitrogen in a Central Nevada Pinyon Woodland with Tree Encroachment and Prescribed Fire. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Nevada, Reno. Reno, NV. Available here.

Rau, B.M. 2005. Physical, chemical and understory plant nutritional response to pinyon-juniper encroachment and prescribed fire in a central Nevada woodland. Masters Thesis. University of Nevada, Reno. Reno, NV. Available here.

Rau, B.M., R.R. Blank, J.C. Chambers and D.W. Johnson. 2007. Prescribed fire in a Great Basin sagebrush ecosystem: Dynamics of soil extractable nitrogen and phosphorus. Journal of Arid Environments 71: 362–375. Available here.

Rau, B.M. J.C. Chambers, R.R. Blank and D.W. Johnson. 2008. Prescribed Fire, Soil, and Plants: Burn Effects and Interactions in the Central Great Basin. Rangeland Ecology and Management 61:169-181. Available here.

Rau, B.M., J. C. Chambers, R.R. Blank and W.W. Miller. 2005. Hydrologic response to prescribed fire in central Nevada pinyon-juniper (Pinus monophylla-Juniperus osteosperma) woodland. Rangeland Ecology and Management 58(6):614-622. Available here.

Rau, B.M., R.R. Blank, and T. Morgan. 2008. Microsite and time since prescribed fire’s influence on soil microbiology in a Pinyon woodland. In: Kitchen, Stanley G.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Monaco, Thomas A.; Vernon, Jason, comps.  2008. Proceedings - Shrublands under fire: disturbance and recovery in a changing world; 2006 June 6-8; Cedar City, UT.  Proceedings RMRS-P-X. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 175-178. Available here.

Roselle, L., S.S. Seefeldt and K. Launchbaugh. 2009. Delaying sheep grazing after wildfire in sagebrush steppe may not affect vegetation recovery. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19(1):115-122. Available here.

Sommers, W.T., S.G. Coloff and S.G. Conard. 2011. Synthesis of Knowledge: Fire History and Climate Change. Report Submitted to the Joint Fire Science Program for Project 09-02-1-09. 190 pp + 6 Appendices. Available here.

Stratton, R.D. 2004. Assessing the Effectiveness of Landscape Fuel Treatments on Fire Growth and Behavior. Journal of Forestry 102:32-40. Available here.

Tausch, R.J., J.C. Chambers, R.R. Blank and R.S. Nowak. 1995. Differential establishment of perennial grass and cheatgrass following fire on an ungrazed sagebrush-juniper site. In: Roundy, B.A., E. Durant McArthur, J.S. Haley, and D.K. Mann, Comps. Proceedings, wildland shrub and arid land restoration symposium, 1993 October 19-21, Las Vegas, NV. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-315. USDA Forest Service Intermountain Research Station: 252-257.

West, N.E. and M.A. Hassan. 1985. Recovery of sagebrush-grass vegetation following wildfire. Journal of Range Management 38(2)131-134. Available here.

Whisenant, S.G. 1990. Changing fire frequencies on Idaho's Snake River Plains: ecological and management implications. Pages 4-10 In: McArthur, E.D., E.M. Romney, E.M. Smith and P.T. Tueller, Compilers. Proceedings: Symposium on Cheatgrass Invasion, Shrub Die-Off, and Other Aspects of Shrub Biology and Management, Las Vegas, NV, April 5-7, 1989. U.S. Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station, GTR INT-276, Ogden, UT.

Ziegenhagen, L.L. and R.F. Miller. 2009. Postfire recovery of two shrubs in the interiors of large burns in the Intermountain West, USA. Western North American Naturalist 69(2):195-205. Available here.

Zouhar, K., J.K. Smith, S. Sutherland, and M.L. Brooks. 2008. Wildland fire in ecosystems: fire and nonnative invasive plants. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-42-vol. 6. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 355 p. Available here.

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