Research and Publications

Collaborative success story in management at the CA-NV border

Access brief. Research led by the Intermountain West Joint Venture examines how a successful conservation effort known as the Bi-State Collaborative used the social-ecological systems (SES) approach to prevent an ESA listing […]

Non-native plants, fuels, and desert revegetation

Access brief. To revegetate disturbed desert lands, practitioners often reestablish fertile islands as a first step in restoring native plants and associated fauna on disturbed desert sites. This research brief discusses the […]

Common native forbs of the northern Great Basin important for greater sage-grouse

View field guide. This field guide is a tool for the identification of 119 common forbs found in the sagebrush rangelands and grasslands of the northern Great Basin. These forbs are important […]

Combining active restoration and targeted grazing to establish native plants and reduce fuel loads in invaded ecosystems

Access article. This study evaluated how targeted grazing treatments interacted with seed rate, spatial planting arrangement (mixtures vs. monoculture strips), seed coating technology, and species identity (five native grasses) to affect standing […]

Consequences of climatic thresholds for projecting fire activity and ecological change

View article. These results highlight a high sensitivity of statistical projections to changing threshold relationships and data uncertainty, implying that projections of future ecosystem change in threshold‐governed ecosystems will be accompanied by […]

Long-term evidence for climate adaptation

View paper. This study found that more than 20 years were required for adaptive differences to emerge among 13 populations of Wyoming big sagebrush grown in common gardens.

Partnering for ecosystem conservation is essential

View brief. Discussions of successes, struggles, and failures with partner-specific tools are vital to the successful implementation of “translational ecology” a formal term for biological conservation partnerships.

Facilitation, coordination, and trust in landscape-level forest restoration

View article. Collaborative forest management efforts often encounter challenges related to process and stakeholder relationships. To address these challenges, groups may employ the services of coordinators and facilitators who perform a range […]

Identification of bees in southwest Idaho: A guide for beginners

View guide. This document was prepared to help scientists and the public, both of whom may not be familiar with bee taxonomy, learn how to practically identify bees in sagebrush steppe and […]

The sensitivity of snow ephemerality to warming climate across an arid to montane vegetation gradient

View article. The Great Basin, United States is an ideal system to study snow ephemerality across a broad climate gradient. To identify the climatic controls on snow ephemerality, we analysed moderate resolution […]