Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Framework for Next Gen Sagebrush Restoration

Sage grouse require wide-open, conifer-free sagebrush country as well as access to wet habitats. Photo: Brianna Randall

I read today that over a million acres of sage grouse habitat has burned this year in wildfires. Innovative new research can help in the management of sagebrush landscapes and aid in the effort to reduce wildfires across our nation's rangelands.

From the article on

When conifers expand into wide-open sagebrush country, the sage grouse flee. This simiple equation has been proven time and again through scientific research, which has prompted unprecedented collaboration to remove encroaching juniper and pinyon-pine on over a million acres of public and private lands across the West. 

A new study shows landowners and managers how to increase the efficiency of future conifer removal projects. 

The research team investigated where to prioritize removing conifers to benefit greater sage grouse during each stage of their life.  The results help practitioners reduce the cost and time spent planning and implementing large-scale management efforts - a win for people and wildlife! 

The findings show that both BLM and private lands are by far the most important areas to remove encroaching conifers to benefit the birds. 

Read more about how practitioners can meet sage grouse and restoration goals here and read the full report here

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