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SageSTEP News: Issue 22 – Effects of mastication in PJ

View newsletter. In this issue: Effects of mastication of in Phase I, II, and III woodlands on fuels, soils, and vegetation. Research preview for which results are published in Issue 23.

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SageSTEP News: Issue 21 – Human dimensions, woodland treatments, & sagebrush-cheatgrass relationships

View newsletter. In this issue, brief updates on: SageSTEP social science research focused on: identifying stakeholder concerns and how they receive information; how groups perceive the current health of sagebrush steppe lands; and whether...

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SageSTEP News: Issue 17 – Perennials and invasibility, science to inform management, & birds as indicators

View newsletter. In this issue: Examining the influence of gap size between perennial plants as an indicator of a sagebrush system’s resilience, or of a site’s ability to recover from disturbance versus...

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SageSTEP News: Issue 19 – Remotely-sensed imagery to assess PJ woodlands

View newsletter. In this issue: An assessment of the accuracy of remotely-sensed cover measurements relative to ground-based cover measurements utilizing two different aerial imagery sources: high-resolution imagery (6-cm pixel resolution) and imagery...

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SageSTEP News: Issue 18 – Treatment effects on birds, resistance and resilience, & collaborative efforts

View newsletter. In this issue: Treatments to reduce dominance of pinyon-juniper woodlands do influence bird communities. The importance of resistance and resilience to sagebrush restoration. A DVD and guide available to help...

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Bark beetles and fire: two forces of nature transforming western forests

View brief. This Joint Fire Science Program brief addresses whether or not beetles are setting the stage for larger, more severe wildfires and fires are bringing on beetle epidemics.

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SageSTEP News: Issue 14 – Treatment responses, tree removal and erosion, & resilience

View newsletter. In this issue: Early vegetation response to prescribed fire and mechanical treatments. Effects of tree removal on water runoff and erosion and implications for management. Resilience of Wyoming big sagebrush ecosystems.

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SageSTEP News: Issue 16 – Seed banks, monitoring, & PJ mastication

View newsletter. In this issue: Examination of the role of seed banks in restoration and their implications for land management. The importance of monitoring beyond the short term. Effects of PJ mastication in the...

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Effectiveness of fuel treatments in the West depends on thinning intensity

View news release. This USFS news release reports on the largest ever study of fuel treatment effectiveness, where USFS researchers found that intense thinning treatments leaving 50 and 100 trees/acre are the most effective in reducing the...

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SageSTEP News: Issue 15 – Carbon and climate science, public priorities, & online resources

View newsletter. In this issue: SageSTEP soils and biogeochemistry research provides information about carbon cycling in sagebrush-steppe rangelands useful to land managers in the Great Basin and surrounding areas. SageSTEP social scientists...