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Sagebrush Landscape Project 

Pacific Northwest Research Station, La Grande, OR   

  • Michael J. Wisdom, Research Wildlife Biologist 
  • Mary M. Rowland, Wildlife Biologist 
  • Lowell H. Suring, Wildlife Biologist 
  • Barbara C. Wales, Wildlife Biologist 

The Sagebrush Landscape Project conducts research on habitats for species of conservation concern in the sagebrush ecosystem. The Projectís focus is on landscape research in sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (see map, below). Current work includes 

  1. identifying regional assessment procedures that can be used efficiently and credibly to evaluate multiple species of conservation concern in sagebrush ecoregions; 
  2. developing methods by which trade-offs between single versus multiple species can be addressed systematically and defensibly at regional scales for land use planning; 
  3. completing a prototype regional assessment in the Great Basin Ecoregion of Nevada, Utah, and California; and 
  4. providing guidance regarding use of the procedures for effective multi-species planning at regional scales for ecosystem management.  

The Project collaborates with scientists from the U.S. Geological Surveyís Biological Resources Division, who manage SAGEMAP, a comprehensive effort to compile spatial data pertinent to research and management of the sagebrush ecosystem. A number of products from the Projectís initial work are forthcoming in 2003, and will be posted on the SAGEMAP website, as well as  here. For additional information, contact Dr. Michael Wisdom.

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (sagebrush cover types shown in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue-grey).

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (sagebrush cover types shown in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue-grey).

 

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