Fuel breaks are common treatments in rangelands where the spread of invasive annuals and subsequent wildfire threaten sagebrush ecosystems. Fuel breaks are often seeded with non-native plants such as crested wheatgrass or forage kochia. However, there are alternatives using native grasses and forbs which have been shown to be effective. Mark Williams, BLM, Salt Lake City, UT, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using native and non-native plants for fuel breaks.
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