Pinyon and juniper woodlands of the Western U.S. are undergoing changes, affecting the communities that depend on them. Expansion of the woodlands into surrounding ecosystems is occurring in many areas, particularly on relatively cool and moist sites, which is increasing woody fuels and the risk of more severe fires. It also descreases important habitat for species like the Greater Sage-grouse. In warmer and drier sites, the trees are exhibiting dieoff, making the areas more susceptible to invasion by cheatgrass. This research synthesized over 1,000 publications to help land managers, working collaboratively with stakeholders and citizens, prioritize areas for treatment and identify strategies best suited to meet local needs.
This synthesis on semiarid pinyon and juniper woodlands offers information on the history of woodland management, approaches available, and the key components to consider for restoring and maintaining ecosystem function and ecological resilience to disturbance. It supports land managers, working with stakeholders and citizens, as they prioritize areas for management and identify the strategies best suited to meet local needs.