Historic Fire Frequency In Mountain Big Sagebrush Communities Of The Eastern Great Basin And Colorado Plateau

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With the possible exception of the northern portion of the Colorado Plateau, fire was historically much more frequent than it is currently the case across the central Intermountain region (Utah and eastern Nevada). Our observations of big sagebrush recovery following fire over a broad regional scale suggest that an average recovery time of 25 to 35+ years is reasonable given that sagebrush adults or propagules survive within the burn interior at some reasonable level.