This field guide provides a framework for rapidly evaluating post-fire resilience to disturbance, or recovery potential, and resistance to invasive annual grasses, and for determining the need and suitability of the burned area for seeding. The framework identifies six primary components that…
Keywords: restoration, post-fire rehabilitation, seeding, succession, invasive annual grasses, cheatgrass
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-338. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 70 p.
This Report provides a strategic approach for conservation of sagebrush ecosystems and Greater Sage- Grouse (sage-grouse) that focuses specifically on habitat threats caused by invasive annual grasses and altered fire regimes. It uses information on factors that influence (1) sagebrush ecosystem…
Keywords: sagebrush habitat, Greater Sage-Grouse, fire effects, invasive annual grasses, management prioritization, conservation, prevention, restoration
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-326. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 73 p.
Success of invasive annual grasses is often linked to increases in resources, and restoration ecologists have suggested that decreasing nitrogen (N) availability and restoring more conservative N cycles with lower N turnover should decrease the competitive advantage of these invaders and facilitate…
Keywords: available nitrogen, cold desert shrubland, invasive annual grasses, litter removal, repeated fire, restoration, seeding
Source: Ecosphere. 6(7): Article 107.
Fire has profound effects on ecosystem properties, but few studies have addressed the effect of repeated burns on soil nutrients, and none have been conducted in cold desert ecosystems where invasion by exotic annual grasses is resulting in greater fire frequency. In a 5 year study, we examined…
Keywords: cold desert, invasive annual grasses, repeated fire, restoration, sagebrush, shrublands
Source: Plant Soil. 386: 47-64.
Land managers are responsible for developing effective strategies for conserving and restoring Great Basin ecosystems in the face of invasive species, conifer expansion, and altered fire regimes. A warming climate is magnifying the effects of these threats and adding urgency to implementation of…
Keywords: Great Basin, invasive annual grasses, conifer expansion, wildfire, grazing management, fuels management, seeding and transplanting techniques, resilience science, sagebrush ecosystems, aspen ecosystems
Source: Reno, NV: Great Basin Fire Science Exchange. 79 p.
Conservation of imperiled species often demands addressing a complex suite of threats that undermine species viability. Regulatory approaches, such as the US Endangered Species Act (1973), tend to focus on anthropogenic threats through adoption of policies and regulatory mechanisms. However,…
Keywords: conifer expansion, conservation, invasive annual grasses, population persistence, soil temperature/moisture regimes, wildfire
Source: Rangeland Ecology and Management. 70: 149-164.