USDA Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab - Rocky Mountain Research Station

 

Fisheries
  Shrubland Biology
Terrestrial Systems
GIS
Watershed
 

Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
322 East Front Street
Suite 401
Boise, ID  83702

(208) 373-4340
(208) 373-4391 (FAX)

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Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program

 

Joint Fire Science Program:

Equipment and Strategies to Enhance the Post-wildfire Establishment and Persistence of Great Basin Native Plants

 

 

Project Summary

 

The cycle of annual weed invasion and wildfire has altered large expanses of western shrublands, disrupted ecosystem functioning, and increased wildfire size, intensity, and frequency.  These impacts are costly in terms of losses to native species and ecosystems, and also in risks to human life and property and wildfire-associated expenditures.  Post-fire rehabilitation provides an opportunity to stabilize and revegetate at-risk shrublands. 

 

This research addresses reestablishment of native vegetation after fires on arid lands.  The USDI Bureau of Land Management treats more acres and expends more funds through the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Program (ES&R) than other agencies, and is required by Executive Orders and agency regulations to use native species where feasible.  However our ability to establish mixtures of grasses, forbs, and shrubs is limited.  This research will provide both basic and applied results on native restoration species and technology for their use. 

 

Project Objectives

  • Examine seeding techniques for Wyoming big sagebrush

  • Test seeding technology for for native species, particularly native forbs

  • Compare the ability of a modified rangeland drill and an experimental minimum-till drill to plant native seeds of diverse size and shapes and to reduce surface disturbance, thereby conserving residual native species and biological soil crusts, while minimizing planting of annual grass seed

  • Apply and examine use of USGS proposed ES&R monitoring protocols for gauging seeding success for both the short and long term

  • Provide plantings for long-term examination of livestock grazing on diversity in native settings

Research Components

 

 

 

Cooperators

 

USDA FS Rocky Mountain Research Station,

Boise, ID

  • Nancy Shaw
  • Matt Fisk

 

USDA FS Rocky Mountain Research Station,

Provo, UT

  • Scott Jensen

 

USDI Bureau of Land Management,

Boise, ID

  •  Mike Pellant

 

 

USGS Biological Research Division,

Corvallis, OR

  • David Pyke

 

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service,

Aberdeen, ID

  • Loren St. John
  • Boyd Simonson
  • Charlie Bair

 

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service,

Boise, ID

  • Dan Ogle

 

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND

 

  • Amy Ganguli

 

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

  • Beth Newingham

 

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

  • Robert Cox

 

Truax Company, Inc.,

New Hope, MN

  • Jim Truax

 

 

Boise Shrubland Research

Fire Science Digest

Big Changes in the Great Basin

 

Funded By:

Joint Fire Sciences Program
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