Low Desert Sagebrush-Cheatgrass Prescribed Burn Subplots

Saddle Mountain 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 Saddle Mountain burn took place in the fall of 2008 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 2008.

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Standard Subplot

 

Plateau Subplot

sagebrush prescribed burn subplot, pre-treatment

2007

Pre-
treatment

sagebrush prescribed burn subplot, pre-treatment
sagebrush prescribed burn subplot, pre-treatment

2008

Pre-
treatment

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

2009

1 Year Post-
treatment

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

2010

2 Years Post-
treatment

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