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

Owyhee Site

Location: Elko County, NV, near the McCleary Wells, southern Owyhee Desert
Land Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office
SageSTEP Site Manager: Maggie Gray
Plots: Four 200-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical, Herbicide)
Elevation: 5300-5400 ft
Topography: 0-10% slopes of all aspects
Common Vegetation: Wyoming big sagebrush, viscid rabbitbrush, Sandberg bluegrass, squirreltail, Indian ricegrass, bluebunch wheatgrass, basin wildrye, and cheatgrass
Fine-silty to fine-loamy, mixed, mesic
Fire Regime: Historically, several decades. Many of these communities experienced an increased fire return interval with settlement and overgrazing. Cheatgrass invasion can cause larger fires and reduce this interval to 10 years or less.
Representative Land Base: Several million acres in western and central Utah, southern Idaho, northern Nevada, and eastern Oregon
Grazing: Plots are located on an active grazing allotment, and will be fenced for the duration of the study to exclude livestock.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2008. For more information about treatments, click here.
Additional Information: In July 2018 the massive Martin wildfire burned through this site. On the plot, the fire was mainly moderate severity, with a few small unburned patches and many perennial grass bunches not consumed down to the growing points. The wildfire seemed less severe in the prescribed burn treatment. Data collection will continue at the site and will be modified to evaluate impacts of the fire.

Click here to download the Owyhee Site Fact Sheet (PDF, 264KB).

SageSTEP Owyhee Site Map