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Conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome


Land management agencies face the need for effective strategic conservation actions for the conservation and restoration of sagebrush ecosystems. For nearly a century, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Research and Development (USDA-FS R&D) has studied sagebrush ecosystems and sagebrush obligate species such as sage-grouse with a focus on threats such as invasive annual grasses and wildfire, and management strategies, including conifer removal and restoration. In 2014, the USDA-FS R&D became part of a synergistic interagency collaboration for conservation and restoration of sagebrush ecosystems that began with development of two General Technical Reports published by the Rocky Mountain Research Station on using resilience and resistance concepts to manage threats to sagebrush ecosystems and sage-grouse. This collaboration was expanded with development of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy, and led to publication of RMRS-GTR-360: Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome: Linking the Department of the Interior’s Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy to Long-Term Strategic Conservation Actions.

To learn more about this see the Science Spotlight: Conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome.

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Keywords: 
sagebrush ecosystem