SRM Symposium: What has SageSTEP learned about sagebrush ecosystems after 10+ yrs of post-treatment monitoring?

What has SageSTEP learned about sagebrush ecosystems after 10+ years of post-treatment monitoring

The SRM Symposium (February 2021) shared some of what’s been learned after at least 10 years post-treatment. Researchers present findings from conifer-encroached and cheatgrass-invaded sites, focusing on: effects of treatments on herbaceous plants, ground surface properties, and hydrologic and erosion processes in woodlands; and on fire behavior and Wyoming big sagebrush in shrub/grass systems, with discussion of ecological costs and benefits of treatments in those systems. A moderated discussion session followed the presentations.
0:2513:40 Introduction, M. Brunson, USU
13:5031:20 Fuel reduction treatments alter expected fire behavior in the sagebrush steppe, L. Ellsworth, OSU
31:3852:55 Sagebrush recovery patterns after fuel treatments: Effects of disturbance type and community interactions, J. Chambers, USFS
53:251:14:20 Decade-long responses of sagebrush plant communities to conifer removal across a regional-scale experiment, B. Newingham, ARS
1:15:001:40:42 Advancements in understanding long-term effects of pinyon and juniper removal on vegetation, ground surface conditions, and hydrologic and erosion processes in sagebrush steppe, J. Williams, ARS


Lisa Ellsworth
Project Co-coordinator
Dept. Fisheries & Wildlife
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR  97331
(541) 737-0008

Beth Newingham
Project Co-coordinator
GB Rangelands Research
USDA Ag. Res. Service
Reno, NV  89512
(775) 784-6057 ext. 233

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