Management of aspen in a changing environment

By Séon O'Shannon | December 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Management of aspen in a changing environment
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View fact sheet. This fact sheet provides land managers with information that can help identify different aspen types, assess the condition of aspen stands, and prioritize stands for restoration using appropriate treatment methods.

Assessing impacts of fire and post-fire mitigation on runoff and erosion from rangelands

By Séon O'Shannon | November 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Assessing impacts of fire and post-fire mitigation on runoff and erosion from rangelands
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View fact sheet. This fact sheet provides an overview of the immediate and short-term hydrologic impacts of fire on infiltration, runoff, and erosion by water, and of the effectiveness of various mitigation treatments in the reduction of runoff and erosion in the years following the fire.

Seed harvester ants and fire recovery in Utah deserts

By Séon O'Shannon | February 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Seed harvester ants and fire recovery in Utah deserts
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View research brief. This research brief summarizes research that found seed harvester ants, along with small mammals, could have a large impact on reseeding efforts after a fire. But the populations over time are not well known. The number of ants in burned areas is significantly greater than unburned areas, but this may be an initial, short-lived response.

Secretarial Order 3336 – Rangeland fire prevention, management, and restoration

By Séon O'Shannon | January 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Secretarial Order 3336 – Rangeland fire prevention, management, and restoration
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View the Order. This Order sets forth enhanced policies and strategies for preventing and suppressing rangeland fire and for restoring sagebrush landscapes impacted by fire across the West. These actions are essential for conserving habitat for the greater sage-grouse as well as other wildlife species and economic activity, such as ranching and recreation, associated with the sagebrush-steppe […]

Putting resilience and resistance concepts into practice

By Séon O'Shannon | January 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Putting resilience and resistance concepts into practice
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View fact sheet. This fact sheet is designed to assist land managers in using resilience and resistance concepts to assess risks, prioritize management activities, and select appropriate treatments.  

Bees in the desert: plant reproduction after fire

By Séon O'Shannon | June 13, 2014 | Comments Off on Bees in the desert: plant reproduction after fire
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View fact sheet. This fact sheet summarizes findings from a study comparing insect populations in burned and unburned areas. The study showed greater reproductive success for isolated plant survivors of generalist species, and less success for specialist species. The more specialized your reproductive strategy, the harder fire is on your sex life.  

Biological soil crusts and fire in Utah's west desert

By Séon O'Shannon | April 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Biological soil crusts and fire in Utah's west desert
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View brief. This brief highlights a study following fire in Utah’s Rush Valley, where researchers found that fire killed biological soil crust pretty thoroughly, which wasn’t a surprise. However, following the fire cyanobacteria, the helpful and essential ingredient in biocrusts, did not return soon after fire, but Firmicutes, another tenacious and aggressive bacteria, did move in.

Small mammals and cheatgrass

By Séon O'Shannon | April 13, 2014 | Comments Off on Small mammals and cheatgrass
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View research brief. This research brief highlights a study investigating whether on not deer mice could help combat the invasive weeds infiltrating desert landscapes after fire.

Bark beetles and fire: two forces of nature transforming western forests

By Séon O'Shannon | February 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Bark beetles and fire: two forces of nature transforming western forests
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View brief. This Joint Fire Science Program brief addresses whether or not beetles are setting the stage for larger, more severe wildfires and fires are bringing on beetle epidemics.

Effects of fire and invasive plants on desert soils

By Séon O'Shannon | May 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Effects of fire and invasive plants on desert soils
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View brief. This research brief discusses the effects of fire  and  invasive  species on biological, chemical,  and  physical  properties of desert  soils. Although soil  may recover  from  the impacts  of  fire  during  succession,  these changes are permanent  under  persistent invasive  species. The  most severe  effects of fire  occur  under high temperatures  with  high  fuel buildup  and soil moisture  that  conducts  heat downward.