Two of these studies are summarized in the SGI’s new Science to Solutions, “Conifer Removal Boosts Sage Grouse Success,” which shows that hens tracked in Oregon used restored habitats just four years after conifers were removed. In Utah, 86% of hens avoided conifer invaded habitats, and the birds using restored habitats were more likely to raise a brood.
These studies and other cutting-edge research on woodland expansion were presented at a live-streamed symposium on January 31 at the SRM’s annual conference in St. George, Utah. The symposium–watched by nearly 300 viewers online–was sponsored by SGI, SRM, and the Bureau of Land Management, and hosted by Oregon State University’s Rick Miller, an expert on conifer encroachment.
If you missed the live-stream or want to brush up on the latest conifer expansion research, here’s your chance: all 20 brief presentations are now available on YouTube here.