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2010 Research Meeting Presentations

Below are links to PowerPoint presentations with audio from the SageSTEP Research Team Meeting October 26, 2010.

The presentations with audio must be viewed on a computer that can run Adobe Flash Player. Download the latest version of Flash Player here. MP3 audio files and iPod video files are also available by clicking on the presentation with audio links.

Jim McIver

SageSTEP Introduction and Overview

Jim McIver, Ecologist and SageSTEP Project Coordinator

This presentation gives an overview of the SageSTEP research, including updates on treatment implementation, data collection, and outreach products.

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Jeff Burnham Photo

Reducing annual cover with Plateau and its implications for this summer's wildfire at the Roberts site

Jeff Burnham, Research Associate

This presentation describes post-treatment effects of Plateau pre-emergent herbicide on vegetation in SageSTEP study plots that have received fuels treatments.

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Michael Reisner


Multi-process control over the invasibility of North America's endangered Wyoming Big Sagebrush ecosystems

Michael Reisner, Post-doctoral Researcher

This presentation discusses factors and processes that affect invasibility of sagebrush ecosystems by cheatgrass, including water stress, heat stress and grazing.

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Dave Pyke

Sage-Cheat Vegetation Across sites and Among Treatments

Dave Pyke, Plant Ecologist

This presentation looks at first year post-treatment response of vegetation to fuels treatments in sagebrush ecosystems.

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Ben Rau

Sagebrush Steppe Carbon and Climate Change

Ben Rau, Soil Scientist

This presentation discusses various aspects of carbon storage and cycling on Great Basin rangelands and their implications for climate change.

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April Hulet

Evaluating the relationship between remotely sensed variables and ground-reference fuel and vegetation variables of untreated and treated pinyon-juniper woodlands across the Great Basin

April Hulet, Research Associate

This presentation describes a study using remotely sensed images used to estimate vegetation cover, density and biomass in Great Basin pinyon and juniper woodlands.

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Robin Tausch

Geographic Variation in Crown Structure and Foliage Biomass of Woodland Trees Across the Great Basin

Robin Tausch, Plant Ecologist

This presentation compares tree data from a variety of woodland sites throughout the Great Basin.

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Kim Rollins

Measuring the Economic Benefits of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments

Kim Rollins, Economist

This presentation summarizes the four components of the SageSTEP economics research: 1) Wildfire suppression costs averted, 2) Valuation of ecological goods and services, 3) Ranch-level benefits, and 4) Deviation between ranch incentives and social benefits.

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Bruce Shindler

Public Priorities for Rangeland Management in the Great Basin: Changes and Influences from 2006-2010

Bruce Shindler, Social Scientist

This presentation shows a comparison of data from SageSTEP public opinion surveys conducted in 2006 and again in 2010, to better understand what people think about fuels treatments and the health of sagebrush rangelands.

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Fred Pierson

SageSTEP Pinyon-Juniper Hydrology: Implications for Rangeland CEAP

Fred Pierson, Research Hydrologist

This presentation describes preliminary results of the SageSTEP hydrology research and how these data can be used in the USDA Rangeland Conservation Environmental Assessment Project (CEAP).

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Rick Miller

Preliminary Results: Treatment Response in Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands

Rick Miller, Plant Community Ecologist

This presentation describes vegetation response to fuels treatments throughout the SageSTEP woodland network.

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Bruce Roundy

SageSTEP Woodland Update

Bruce Roundy, Range Ecologist

This presentation gives an update on various studies taking place at the SageSTEP woodland study sites in Utah, including soil moisture and vegetation, effects of shredding, and wildfire following fuels treatment.

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Steve Bunting

Post-treatment Fuels Guide

Steve Bunting, Rangeland Ecologist

This presentation gives an overview of the Guide to Quantifying Fuels in the Great Basin based on SageSTEP pre-treatment fuels data, and presents plans for a second fuels guide, which will be based on post-treatment fuels data.

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Click here for the Guide to Quantifying Fuels

Steve Knick

Local and regional dynamics of bird communities in Utah juniper treatments

Steve Knick, Research Ecologist

This presentation discusses preliminary results of the SageSTEP bird research, including potential impacts of fuels treatments on passerine birds, at juniper woodland sites in Utah.

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Jim McIver

Fire effects on ants: worker vs. population response

Jim McIver, Ecologist and SageSTEP Project Coordinator

This presentation discusses the impacts of wildfire on ants at the SageSTEP Roberts site, which was previously treated with fuels treatments.

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Mark Brunson

SageSTEP Outreach: Accomplishments, Ongoing Activities, and Future Directions

Mark Brunson, Social Scientist

This presentation described the SageSTEP outreach effort to data as well as future plans for outreach as the project progresses.

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