Research and Publications

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Cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States

View synthesis. This synthesis contains 14 chapters that cover fire and forests, machinery, erosion processes, water yield and quality, soil and riparian impacts, aquatic and landscape effects, and predictive tools and procedures. These […]

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SageSTEP News: Issue 10 – Large wildfires and public beliefs & aerial imagery for management

View newsletter. In this issue: Wildfire consumed SageSTEP study plots on the west side of the Stansbury Mountains on land managed by the USDA Forest Service. Is opposition to fuels treatments—especially prescribed burning, reduced […]

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Ecological effects of prescribed fire season: a literature review and synthesis for managers

Most species in ecosystems that evolved with fire appear to be resilient to one or few out-of-season prescribed burn(s). However, a variable fire regime including prescribed burns at different times of the year may alleviate the potential for undesired changes and maximize biodiversity.

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Synthesis of knowledge on the effects of fire and fire surrogates on wildlife in U.S. dry forests

This document synthesizes existing knowledge on wildlife responses to fire and fire surrogate treatments presented in a management-relevant format.

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Guide for quantifying fuels in sagebrush steppe and juniper woodlands of the Great Basin

View guide. This guide is based on vegetation and fuels data collected by Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) researchers at study sites in six states throughout the Great Basin for two […]

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SageSTEP News: Issue 9 – Rx fire and soil crusts, sagebrush post-fire recovery, & PJ and fuels guides

View newsletter. In this issue: Effects of fire on biological soil crust communities in pinyon-juniper woodlands. A different approach for assessing post-fire recovery of mountain shrublands at the level of plant communities […]

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Noxious Weed Field Guide for Utah

View field guide. This field guide is designed to help identify some of the common noxious and invasive weed species that are currently threatening Utah and have been identified on Utah’s state weed list.

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Pinon and juniper field guide: asking the right questions to select appropriate management actions

View field guide. This field guide provides substantial evidence that pinon-juniper woodlands have experienced major expansion in their distribution since the late 1800s by encroaching into surrounding landscapes once dominated by shrubs and […]

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Variable impacts of imazapic rate on downy brome and seeded species in two rangeland communities

View article. This study investigated downy brome and seeded species responses to variable rates of imazapic in two plant communities (salt desert shrub and Wyoming big sagebrush). Overall, imazapic was useful for helping […]

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SageSTEP News: Issue 8 – Long-term monitoring, communication and outreach, & seed bank responses

View newsletter. In this issue: The importance of long-term information in the process of restoring and sustaining healthy shrublands in the Great Basin. Citizens rate the usefulness and trustworthiness of common communications […]