Stansbury Site

Location: Tooele County, UT, east of Skull Valley Road ~35 miles from Grantsville, UT
Land Management Agency: USDA Forest Service, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
SageSTEP Site Manager: Maggie Gray
Plots: Four 12.5-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical, Bull Hog™)
Elevation: 5600-6000 ft
Topography: 8-30% slopes, primarily W aspect
Common Vegetation: Utah Juniper, mountain big sagebrush, antelope bitterbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass
Soils: Very gravelly loam
Fire Regime: Historically ranging from 20 to >100 years. Woodland invasion suggests that the majority of these communities have not burned since the late 1800s. As woodlands gain dominance, the fire regime shifts to infrequent, high-intensity fires.
Representative Land Base: Several million acres in western UT, northeastern NV, and southern ID
Grazing: Grazing began near plots in 2017, and so all plots were fenced in 2018, to eliminate grazing effects.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2007. For more information about treatments, click here.
Wildfire Activity: All Stansbury plots burned completely in July 2009, but site will continue to be monitored for wildfire effects

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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