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The role of fire in managing for biological diversity on native rangelands of the Northern Great Plains

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2007
A strategy for using fire to manage for biological diversity on native rangelands in the Northern Great Plains incorporates an understanding of its past frequency, timing and intensity. Historically, lightning and humans were the major fire setters, and the role of fire varied both in space and time. A burning regime that includes fires at various intervals, seasons and intensities, including midsummer burns, should be reinstated.

Black-tailed prairie dog status and future conservation planning

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2007
The black-tailed prairie dog is one of five prairie dog species estimated to have once occupied up to 100 million ha or more in North America. The area occupied by black-tailed prairie dogs has declined to approximately 2% of its former range. Conversion of habitat to other land uses and widespread prairie dog eradication efforts combined with sylvatic plague, Yersinia pestis, have caused significant reductions.

A neotropical migratory bird prioritization for National Forests and Grasslands

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2007
The Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service provides nesting habitat for 146 species of neotropical migratory birds. Interactive, prioritization databases were developed for each National Forest and National Grassland in the Region to assist land managers in making informed decisions about resource allocations. The data was processed using Paradox software.

Conserving biodiversity on native rangelands: Symposium proceedings

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2007
These proceedings are the result of a symposium, "Conserving biodiversity on native rangelands" held on August 17, 1995 in Fort Robinson State Park, NE. The purpose of this symposium was to provide a forum to discuss how elements of rangeland biodiversity are being conserved today.

Open spaces, working places

Publications Posted on: April 02, 2007
Private rangeland near many Western cities is disappearing rapidly under an onslaught of suburban and "ranchette" developments. As the "peopling of the New West" continues unabated, alarms have been raised on two fronts: by rural citizens and conservation groups troubled by the loss of agricultural production and biological diversity, and by urban interests that lament the loss of open space and recreation opportunity.

Impacts of fire on hydrology and erosion in steep mountain big sagebrush communities

Publications Posted on: June 21, 2006
Wildfire is an important ecological process and management issue on western rangelands. Major unknowns associated with wildfire are its affects on vegetation and soil conditions that influence hydrologic processes including infiltration, surface runoff, erosion, sediment transport, and flooding. Post wildfire hydrologic response was studied in big sagebrush plant communities on steep slopes with coarse-textured soils.

Diets of angora goats grazing leafy spurge Euphorbia esula-infested rangelands

Publications Posted on: May 10, 2006
Angora goats have been suggested as biological control agents for leafy spurge, especially in environmentally sensitive or limited access areas. Dietary preferences and dietary nutritive content of herded Angora goats were evaluated over a two-year period in North Dakota.