High Desert Sagebrush-Cheatgrass Prescribed Burn Subplots

Hart Mountain-Rock Creek Site Yearly Photo Sequence

Prescribed burns were implemented at all of the SateSTEP sagebrush-cheatgrass study sites to help land managers better understand the relationship between soil composition, vegetation communities, invasive species like cheatgrass and fires. The Hart Mountain-Rock Creek burn took place in the fall of 2007 after baseline data were collected. Plateau pre-emergence herbicide was crossed with the prescribed burn treatment on half of the subplots to control cheatgrass. The images below show two subplots from 2007–2010, one where Plateau was not used and one where Plateau was sprayed at a rate of 6oz per acre after treatment in fall 2007.

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Standard Subplot

 

Plateau Subplot

sagebrush burn subplot, pre-treatment

2007

Pre-
treatment

sagebrush burn subplot, pre-treatment
sagebrush burn subplot, one year post-treatment

2008

1 Year Post-
treatment

sagebrush burn subplot with plateau, one year post-treatment
sagebrush burn subplot, two years post-treatment

2009

2 Years Post-
treatment

sagebrush burn subplot with plateau, two years post-treatment
sagebrush burn subplot, three years post-treatment

2010

3 Years Post-
treatment

_sagebrush burn subplot with plateau, three years post-treatment
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