Study Site Locations

Blue Mountain

Bridge Creek


Devine Ridge

Five Creeks

Greenville Bench

Hart Mountain

Marking Corral

Moses Coulee




Saddle Mountain


Seven Mile

South Ruby Mountain

Spruce Mountain


Walker Butte

Five Creeks Site

Location: Malhuer County on Steens Mountain southeast of Burns, OR
Land Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management Burns District Office
SageSTEP Site Manager: Scott Shaff
Plots: Two extensive plots (2370-acre ontrol and 1521-acre burn)
Elevation: 5300 to 6300 ft
Topography: Extensive fire plot has a NW aspect with slope ranging from 0 to 45 percent.  Extensive control plot has SE and W aspects with slope ranging from 0 to 14 percent
Common Vegetation: Western juniper, mountain big sagebrush, low sagebrush, Sandberg bluegrass, Idaho fescue, squirrel tail
Soils: Clayey, smectitic, frigid, Lithic Argixeroll. Loamy-skelatal, mixed superactive, frigid, Pachic Haploxerolls.  Fine to very fine, smectitic Pachic and Vertic Argicryolls. Shallow to very deep and well drained
Fire Regime: The majority of the mountain big sagebrush alliance burned with frequent to moderately frequent (10-70 years) low intensity to mixed severity fires (Miller and Tausch 2001).  Prior to the 1900, fires maintained plant communities as grasslands, shrub steppe grasslands, and lightly wooded savannahs.  Woodland invasion into these communities suggests that the majority of these communities have not burned since the late 1800s.  As woodlands gain dominance the fire regime shifts to infrequent high intensity fires.  Fuel loads in closed woodlands can be as high as 40 tons/ha, an increase of over 4-fold compared to shrub steppe communities (Johnson and Miller 2004).
Representative Land Base: Over several million acres in eastern Oregon, northeastern California, southwestern Idaho, and northwestern Nevada
Grazing: This site is located on an active grazing allotment.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2008. For more information about treatments, click here.

Click here to download the Five Creeks Site Fact Sheet (PDF, 285KB).


SageSTEP Five Creeks Site Map