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Producing native plant materials for restoration: 10 rules to collect and maintain genetic diversity

In this webinar, Andrea Kramer, Conservation Scientist with the Chicago Botanic Garden, describes each potential production step where genetic diversity can be lost and outline 10 rules to assist in the collection and production of native plant material for restoration, providing justification for, and examples of why, each rule is important.

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The incredible diversity of sagebrush chemistry and its potential value in restoration

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Sagebrushes are champion chemists and famous for their abundant and complex volatile bouquets. The chemical make-up of sagebrushes plays important roles in plant fitness and survival and is an unseen but fundamental component of sagebrush habitats. In this webinar,  Justin Runyon, Research Entomologist, USFS RMRS, discusses the diversity, distribution, possible functions, and potential restoration use of sagebrush chemistry, focusing on volatiles.

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Restoring shrub-steppe after wildfire: Shrub planting as a viable tool in rehabilitation

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In this webinar, Heidi Newsome, Wildlife Biologist, USFWS, Hanford Reach National Monument, discusses the performance (survival, health) and economic costs of using seedling planting as a method to rehabilitate habitat impacted by wildfire.

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Pollinator-friendly forbs to seed for the sagebrush-steppe

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In this webinar, James H. Cane with the USDA-ARS Pollinating Insect Research Unit at the Utah State University, provides a brief review of bee life histories and identifies common native forbs of the Great Basin that are attractive to native bee communities (and those in use now that are of little value to bees), to help land managers choose pollinator-friendly native wildflowers in restoration.

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Insects affecting native seed production

This webinar focuses on insects that have contributed to seed production problems in native plant production over the past two decades on the Colorado Plateau and in the Great Basin. The webinar was presented by Bob Hammon, Entomology/Agronomy Extension Agent, Tri River Extension Area.

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Sage-grouse forb preference by 12 plant categories

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This webinar presented by Roger Rosentreter, BLM Idaho Retired State Botanist, describes a method for quickly assessing sage-grouse food availability and value. Grouping species into palatability groups make field sampling and analysis more reasonable and can assist in the development of management recommendations for sage-grouse.

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Using resilience and resistance concepts to manage threats to sagebrush ecosystems and sage-grouse

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This webinar discusses a strategic approach developed by an interagency, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies working group for conservation of sagebrush ecosystems, Gunnison sage-grouse, and greater sage-grouse. It uses information on (1) factors that influence sagebrush ecosystem resilience to disturbance and resistance to nonnative invasive plants and (2) distribution and relative abundance of sage-grouse populations to address persistent ecosystem threats, such as nonnative invasive plants and wildfire, and anthropogenic threats, such as oil and gas development and agronomic conversion, and to develop effective management strategies.

Webinar was presented by Jeanne Chambers, US Forest Service – Rocky Mountain Research Station and hosted by the Great Northern, Southern Rockies, and Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

 

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Wildland seed collection: Responding to a changing market

In this webinar, Ed Kleiner, Comstock Seed, Gardnerville, NV, discusses the parameters of native seed collection including collection techniques, permitting, certification, and market trends which are moving toward local genetic sources and provisional seed zones.

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National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Visit the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy website.

See also the National Cohesive Strategy’s Western Region website.

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes, using best science, to make meaningful progress towards the three goals:

  1. Resilient Landscapes
  2. Fire Adapted Communities
  3. Safe and Effective Wildfire Response

Vision: To safely and effectively extinguish fire when needed; use fire where allowable; manage our natural resources; and as a nation, to live with wildland fire.

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