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More woody encroachment means more wildfire risk. Prescribed fire can lower it.
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More woody encroachment means more wildfire risk. Prescribed fire can lower it.

WLFW-affiliated research details the risk of increasing wildfire in the Great Plains due to woody encroachment and how prescribed fires help reduce that ...
Getting Ahead of Large Rangeland Fires in the Great Basin
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Getting Ahead of Large Rangeland Fires in the Great Basin

Join Joe Smith and Jeremy Maestas for a discussion about new, annual fire-prediction maps for the Great Basin and what they mean for managing for wildfire in ...
Beaver Breaks: How Beavers (and low-tech riparian restoration) Help Reduce Impacts From Fire
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Beaver Breaks: How Beavers (and low-tech riparian restoration) Help Reduce Impacts From Fire

Historically, beavers created vast wetlands that provided critically important habitat for a diverse array of wildlife and plant species. Now, conservationists are restoring ...
Ask an Expert | Fire and the Great Plains
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Ask an Expert | Fire and the Great Plains

Fire used to play a big role in shaping the Great Plains. Does it today and how do the Plains recover from fire? Dr. Victoria Donovan answers these and other questions in this ...
Webinar Replay | Restoration of Annual Grass Invaded Landscapes
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Webinar Replay | Restoration of Annual Grass Invaded Landscapes

Overview of the devastating impacts of annual invasive grasses, regional scale strategies to tackle the problem, on-the-ground examples of restoration, and introduction to a ...
Sage Whiz Quiz | Conifers
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Sage Whiz Quiz | Conifers

Test your knowledge of conifer trees and how they impact sagebrush and grassland ...
Beavers, Water, and Fire—A New Formula for Success
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Beavers, Water, and Fire—A New Formula for Success

National Wildlife Federation Blog | Low-tech stream restoration works wonders for people and ...
Meet Leah Mori: Helping Ranchers Weather Wildfire Storms in Nevada’s Sagebrush Sea
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Meet Leah Mori: Helping Ranchers Weather Wildfire Storms in Nevada’s Sagebrush Sea

This story features Leah Mori, a soil conservation technician in Winnemucca, Nevada, who is combating the twin threats of wildfire and ...
Sage Whiz Quiz | How Are Weeds Linked To Wildfire?
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Sage Whiz Quiz | How Are Weeds Linked To Wildfire?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of how invasive annual grasses are linked to wildfires in the ...
Lessons & Photos from SGI’s 8th Annual Workshop: Combating Wildfire & Weeds
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Lessons & Photos from SGI’s 8th Annual Workshop: Combating Wildfire & Weeds

The 2018 SGI field tour and presentations focused on cooperative, science-based conservation that's working to thwart fire and invasives in sagebrush ...
NEW REPORT: Recommendations For Reducing The Spread Of Weeds & Wildfire
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NEW REPORT: Recommendations For Reducing The Spread Of Weeds & Wildfire

New report pinpoints gaps in combatting invasive grasses and wildfires across vast sagebrush rangelands in the western ...
#FridaysOnTheFarm: Restoring Sagebrush Country With ‘Modern Wildfire’
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#FridaysOnTheFarm: Restoring Sagebrush Country With ‘Modern Wildfire’

Through the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), private landowners across Eastern Oregon are volunteering to perform proactive conservation treatments on their rangeland to promote ...
Wildfire and Weeds: 5 Things Ranchers Should Know
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Wildfire and Weeds: 5 Things Ranchers Should Know

Here is what you should know about invasive weeds--which lead to wildfires out West--and how to combat ...
What Causes Wildfires In The West?
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What Causes Wildfires In The West?

Wildfires are now more frequent and more intense in sagebrush country. Learn why (and how to reduce fire risk) from BLM fire planner Darcy ...
Montana Ranchers Improve Sage Grouse Habitat And Reduce Fire Risk
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Montana Ranchers Improve Sage Grouse Habitat And Reduce Fire Risk

By Hayden Nelson, SGI Range Conservationist, Roundup, Montana NRCS Field Office | Landowners are partnering with the Sage Grouse Initiative to restore sagebrush habitat and ...
Why Is Cheatgrass Bad?
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Why Is Cheatgrass Bad?

Mike Pellant with the Bureau of Land Management explains how cheatgrass and wildfire create a vicious cycle that harms wildlife and our way of life in the West ... and gives ...
A Tale of Two Fires: Prescribed Fire Thwarts Wildfire on the New Mexico Prairie
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A Tale of Two Fires: Prescribed Fire Thwarts Wildfire on the New Mexico Prairie

NEWS: Two lightning-caused wildfires on the same site in eastern New Mexico yielded profoundly different results. Why? Prescribed fire played a key ...
Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd
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Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd

Rancher Mike Greeley uses conservation-minded management to sustain his working lands in eastern Oregon for wildlife and livestock. Check out this video of Mike on his ...
Comprehensive ‘Ecosystem Resilience & Resistance’ Map Available For Entire Sage Grouse Range
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Comprehensive ‘Ecosystem Resilience & Resistance’ Map Available For Entire Sage Grouse Range

Newly expanded visual tool on the SGI Web App allows managers to better predict and mitigate negative impacts of fire and cheatgrass across sagebrush ...
The Science of Sagebrush: Measuring the Resilience of Rangelands
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The Science of Sagebrush: Measuring the Resilience of Rangelands

by Joshua Dillon | An Oregon field trip with SGI partners examines the ability of sagebrush landscapes to recover from a fire. Read the full story ...
Secretary Jewell Announces $10 Million for Wildfire Resilience in the West
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Secretary Jewell Announces $10 Million for Wildfire Resilience in the West

The new funds announced today by Secretary Jewell will complement Sage Grouse Initiative's ongoing, cooperative work to remove conifers and restore sagebrush habitat in ...
New NRCS Resource Aims to Reduce Wildfire Impacts in Sage Grouse Country
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New NRCS Resource Aims to Reduce Wildfire Impacts in Sage Grouse Country

A new resource released by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will help private and public land managers work collaboratively to get ahead of the curve and ...
Seeding Techniques for Sagebrush Community Restoration After Fire
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Seeding Techniques for Sagebrush Community Restoration After Fire

By Jeff Ott, Anne Halford, and Nancy Shaw | This new Great Basin Fact Sheet outlines important considerations and options for post-fire seeding, including the selection of ...
Woody Fuels Reduction in Wyoming Big Sagebrush Communities
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Woody Fuels Reduction in Wyoming Big Sagebrush Communities

By Eugene W. Schupp, Chad S. Boyd, and Shane Green | This new Great Basin Fact Sheet discusses how reducing woody plant cover can increase the production of perennial grasses ...
Assessing Impacts of Fire on Runoff and Erosion
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Assessing Impacts of Fire on Runoff and Erosion

Frederick B. Pierson, C. Jason Williams and Peter R. Robichaud | This fact sheet provides an overview of the hydrologic impacts of fire, as well as the effectiveness of ...
Assessing Fuel Loads in Sagebrush Steppe and PJ Woodlands
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Assessing Fuel Loads in Sagebrush Steppe and PJ Woodlands

By Stephen C. Bunting and Jeff Rose | This fact sheet helps define wildland fuels and review the approaches used to assess fuel loads in the Great ...
Wind Erosion Following Wildfire in Great Basin Ecosystems
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Wind Erosion Following Wildfire in Great Basin Ecosystems

By Matthew J. Germino | Wind erosion is a problem in the Great Basin, particularly following large wildfires. This factsheet helps resource managers with a "how to" for ...
New Tools For Land Managers | Predicting Vegetation Response to Treatments and Wildfire
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New Tools For Land Managers | Predicting Vegetation Response to Treatments and Wildfire

Maintaining a resilient sagebrush steppe is job number one for sustaining sage grouse populations in the West. New tools are available to help conservationists better assess ...
Wildfire Management Strategies | New Video Shows Projects that Protect the Sagebrush Sea
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Wildfire Management Strategies | New Video Shows Projects that Protect the Sagebrush Sea

A new video by Steve Stuebner shows how fire prevention policies and ambitious rangeland restoration strategies are working to protect prime sage grouse ...
Establishing Big Sagebrush and Other Shrubs from Planting Stock
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Establishing Big Sagebrush and Other Shrubs from Planting Stock

Bareroot or container seedlings can be used to quickly re-establish big sagebrush and other native shrubs post-fire or other disturbances in situations where direct seeding is ...
Post-Fire Grazing Management in the Great Basin
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Post-Fire Grazing Management in the Great Basin

Successful post-fire recovery hinges on the growth of perennial understory plants, especially perennial grasses that provide livestock forage and wildlife habitat. This fact ...
Fuel Breaks That Work
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Fuel Breaks That Work

This fact sheet provides a framework for using established fuel breaks for protecting sagebrush ecosystems that are prone to fire due to the invasion of nonnative annual ...
Putting Resilience and Resistance Concepts into Practice
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Putting Resilience and Resistance Concepts into Practice

This fact sheet is designed to assist land managers in using resilience and resistance concepts to assess risks, prioritize management activities, and select appropriate ...
Wildfire and Cheatgrass: New Science Helps Reduce Threats to Sage Grouse
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Wildfire and Cheatgrass: New Science Helps Reduce Threats to Sage Grouse

Wildfires and the invasion of exotic annual grasses like cheatgrass can transform large expanses of sagebrush habitat, which is bad for sage grouse. This new strategy serves ...