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

Spruce Mountain Site

Location: Elko County, ~ 40 miles from Wells, NV
Land Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office
SageSTEP Site Manager: Neil Frakes
Plots: Three 50-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical)
Elevation: 6900-7400 ft
Topography: 3-35% slopes; NE, E, SE, S aspects
Common Vegetation: Utah juniper, singleleaf pinyon pine, curlleaf mountain mahogany, Wyoming big sagebrush, black sagebrush, green rabbitbrush, bitterbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass, Indian ricegrass, needleandthread, long-leaf phlox, mat buckwheat, yellow eyed cryptantha
Soils: Loamy-skeletal, carbonatic, mesic
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.
Treatment Schedule: Fall 2009. For more information about treatments, click here.

Click here to download the Spruce Mountain Site Fact Sheet (PDF, 340KB).

SageSTEP Spruce Mountain Site Map.