South Ruby Mountain

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: Maggie Gray
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 within active grazing allottment and will be fenced for duration of the study.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2008. For more information about treatments, click here.
Wildfire Activity: 50% of Mechanical Plot burned in wildfire 2019.
Unplanned Management Activity: South Ruby control plot was inadvertedly clearcut in spring 2017, but will continue to be monitored in future. A new control plot was established in the summer of 2018, adjacent to the existing mechanical plot.

Updated 2009


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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