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The SnapShot photo blog is an effort to make our site photos available and useful to managers. Photo series are classified as typical or atypical, and grouped into ecological categories.

Click on a link below to see vegetation response to treatments like fire and mastication over time, and read what our scientists have to say about what is happening on the ground.

(DRAFT) High Elevation Sage - Typical Response

The Gray Butte site is in southern Idaho, and is yada yada yada. You can see in the pretreatment photo that cheatgrass was present in low numbers before the prescribed fire. We achieved a good burn in the fall of 2006 with 80 percent ground black, and shrubs removed. In 2007, cheatgrass invaded in a big way, but after three short years, native grasses are reestablishing. We are interested to see how blue bunchgrass competes next season. This was a typical response, and we would expect many sites with these characteristics to recover from fire this way, but not all. This type of response depends on precipitation and slope. Interested in seeing an atypical response? Check out the links below the photos.

2006
2006 (Pretreatment)


Treatment
2007
2007

2008
2008

2009
2009
2010
2010

2011
2011

2012
2012
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To see high elevation sage with massive cheatgrass invasion, click here.
To see high elevation sage with atypically low-levels of cheatgrass, click here.

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High elevation Sage: Typical
High elevation Sage: Atypical A
High elevation Sage: Atypical B

Dry Pinyon-Juniper: Typical
Dry Pinyon-Juniper: Atypical A

 

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