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

South Ruby Mountains Site

Location: Elko County, ~ 40 miles from Wells, NV
Land Management Agency: USDA Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ruby Mountains Ranger District
SageSTEP Site Manager: Neil Frakes
Plots: Three 50-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical)
Elevation: 6500-6700 ft
Topography: 8-31% slopes of varying aspect (N, NW, W, SW, and S)
Common Vegetation: Utah juniper, singleleaf pinyon pine, Wyoming big sagebrush, green rabbitbrush, bitterbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass, Indian ricegrass, needleandthread, long-leaf phlox, mat buckwheat, yellow eyed cryptantha, tailcup lupine, arrowleaf balsamroot, columbia puccoon, blue flax, long-flowered bluebells
Fire Regime: Historical fire return interval of 30-40 years. Woodland invasion and canopy closure have significantly increased the risk of less frequent, catastrophic fire in these communities.
Representative Land Base: Vast acreages in both the High Central and High Calcareous Provinces
Grazing: Plots are located on an active grazing allotment, and have been fenced for the duration of the study to exclude livestock.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2008. For more information about treatments, click here.

Click here to download the South Ruby Mountain Site Fact Sheet (PDF, 333KB).

South Ruby Mountains Site Map.