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Post-fire restoration in the Great Basin: Challenges, opportunities, and calls to action
August 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
The vast sea of sagebrush-steppe rangelands that supported iconic wildlife and many ecosystem services has been heavily impacted by exotic plant invasions and altered wildfire, motivating one of the largest restoration and rehabilitation efforts globally. Members of the Great Basin Chapter of SER will describe the efforts, past and future, from scientific and management perspectives, and address the needs and prospects for an adaptive management approach:
- Matt Germino, research ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Boise ID, has been focused on basic and applied aspects of plant-soil interactions in restoration and conducting research in the adaptive management framework
- Cindy Fritz, an Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, Boise ID, has led fire rehabilitation efforts on thousands of acres for over 20 years.
- Jeanne Chambers, research ecologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Reno NV, has led development of science and application of resistance and resilience concepts in sagebrush ecosystems and effective research-management partnerships.
- Dave Pyke, research ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Boise ID, has led the science of assessing post-fire restoration treatment effectiveness along with rangeland monitoring approaches.