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Sagebrush identification, ecology, and palatability relative to sage-grouse

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Basic identification keys and comparison tables for 23 low and big sagebrush (Artemisia) taxa are presented. Differences in sagebrush ecology, soil temperature regimes, geographic range, palatability, mineralogy, and chemistry are discussed. Coumarin, a chemical produced in the glands of some Artemisia species, causes UV-light fluorescence of the leaves.

Getting climate-smart with seeds: How a new software tool helps prepare landscapes for expected future conditions

Publications Posted on: June 17, 2020
Sagebrush ecosystems are a major component of western U.S. landscapes and they provide vital habitat to a wide array of wildlife species, including greater sage-grouse and pygmy rabbits. However, in recent decades, sagebrush ecosystems have been reduced or degraded by a wide range of disturbances, including human development, overgrazing, severe fires, and encroachment by cheatgrass and pinyon-juniper woodlands.

Sage advice for managers: A new, collaborative science framework for conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome

Pages Posted on: April 26, 2019
The two-part Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome published by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is a new, multi-scale approach to management of sagebrush ecosystems. The product of an extensive collaboration between State and Federal agencies and universities, it employs science on ecological resilience to disturbance and resistance to invasive species (like cheatgrass), along with Greater sage-grouse habitat requirements, to improve conservation planning and help prioritize management actions.

A conservation planning tool for Greater Sage-grouse using indices of species distribution, resilience, and resistance

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2018
Managers require quantitative yet tractable tools that identify areas for restoration yielding effective benefits for targeted wildlife species and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Sex in the sagebrush: How new research can help protect greater sage-grouse mating areas

Pages Posted on: June 27, 2018
Recently published work from scientists at the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) may help protect the greater sage-grouse habitat and their ability to reproduce. This research can help land managers understand how specific lek locations serve larger geographic areas and to understand the role of genetic connectivity in the birds’ mating process.

Using DNA from hairs left at depredated greater sage-grouse nests to detect mammalian nest predators

Publications Posted on: March 22, 2018
Despite a multitude of studies on sage-grouse (Centrocercus spp.), there is still sparse information on the predator communities that influence sage-grouse productivity and how these predator communities may change when sagebrush habitats are altered by human activities. As a proof-of-concept, we used mammalian hairs collected at depredated greater sage-grouse (C.

Effects of climate change on wildlife in the Northern Rockies [Chapter 8]

Publications Posted on: September 22, 2017
Few data exist on the direct effects of climatic variability and change on animal species. Therefore, projected climate change effects must be inferred from what is known about habitat characteristics and the autecology of each species.

The Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Actionable Science Plan: U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington D.C.

Publications Posted on: December 08, 2016
The Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy (hereafter Strategy, DOI 2015) outlined the need for coordinated, science-based adaptive management to achieve long-term protection, conservation, and restoration of the sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystem. A key component of this management approach is the identification of knowledge gaps that limit implementation of effective strategies to meet current management challenges.

A science-based framework to develop effective management strategies for addressing threats to sagebrush ecosystems and sage-grouse

FS News Posted on: November 29, 2016
The report, Using Resilience and Resistance Concepts to Manage Threats to Sagebrush Ecosystems, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, and Greater Sage-Grouse in Their Eastern Range: A Strategic Multi-Scale Approach, allows managers to predict how sagebrush ecosystems will respond to both disturbance and management actions in areas that support sage-grouse. Using this approach, managers can better assess habitat threats, target areas for treatment, and develop appropriate management strategies.

Beyond the single species climate envelope: A multifaceted approach to mapping climate change vulnerability

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2016
Federal land management agencies and conservation organizations have begun incorporating climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVAs) as an important component in the management and conservation of landscapes. It is often a challenge to translate that knowledge into management plans and actions, even when research infers species risk.

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