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








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


Research Sites

Boise Shrubland Research


The JFSP-funded study is projected to be established at two study sites in each of two years.  Sites were established in Burns, Oregon and Mountain Home, Idaho for the 2007-2008 growing season, with potential sites for the 2008-2009 growing season being searched for in Eastern Idaho and Northern Utah.  A preliminary study, established before the JFSP funding, was established during the 2006-2007 growing season at two locations near Elko, Nevada.  
Great Basin map with research locations Map of JFSP research sites, preliminary study site locations, and areas of focus for future research sites.  

   Preliminary Study Sites

East Humbolt fire study site, NV Preliminary study site in Elko Co., NV, on the East Humboldt Fire, which burned about 8,600 acres in August 2006.

Gopher fire study site, NV

Preliminary study site in Elko, Co., NV, on the Gopher Fire, which burned about 32,000 acres in August 2006.


   Glass Butte Research Site

Grid of study plots at Glass Butte  

Glass Butte research site, in Lake County, OR, is located within the Roundtop Butte Fire which burned more than 9,000 acres in July of 2007. Drill-seeded in 2007, winter hand-broadcast 2008.  Vegetation monitoring completed during May-June of 2008 and 2009.


   Mountain Home Research Site

Mountain Home research site The Mountain Home research site, in Elmore County, ID, was part of the Northflat Fire that burned nearly 2,500 acres in July of 2007. 
Drill-seeded in 2007, winter hand-broadcast 2008.  Vegetation monitoring completed during May-June of 2008 and 2009.


Scooby Research Site

Scooby fire research site, Utah














The Scooby research site, in Box Elder County, UT. Drill-seeded in 2008, winter hand-broadcast 2009.  Vegetation monitoring completed during May-June of 2009 and 2010.

 Saylor Creek Research Site

Saylor Creek














The Saylor Creek research site in Owyhee County, ID. Drill-seeded in 2010, winter hand-broadcast 2011.  Prospected vegetation monitoring to be completed May-June of 2011 and 2012.


Study Plot Design

The plot layout will test six post-fire seeding methods at four seeding rates.  Each study site has 80 plots, the 65 smaller plots have 13 different treatment combinations, while the 15 larger plots have 3 different treatment combinations.  Approximately 66 acres will exclude grazing while the other 30 acres will eventually be grazed. All measurements are in feet.  

Study Plot Layout


Each plot is coded with its potential treatment:


R = modified rangeland drill

  T = minimum-till experimental drill    


C = control (no seeding treatment)



The expression following the + indicates the broadcast treatment (if applicable):



BC = broadcast over drill rows in fall

wBC = broadcast over snow in winter


The expression in parenthesis indicates seeding rate:



0 = no seed

std = standard seeding rate



5x = five times the standard rate

10x = ten times the standard rate










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