Spruce Mountain

Spruce Mountain Site

Location: Elko County, ~ 40 miles from Wells, NV
Land Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office
SageSTEP Site Manager: Maggie Gray
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
Treatment Schedule: This site was never treated as planned, due to litigation in 2008. All three plots were measured in 2006, and data remain part of database.

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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