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Sage-grouse hate trees: A range-wide solution for increasing bird benefits through accelerated conifer removal


Invasive woody plant expansion is a primary threat driving fragmentation and loss of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) habitats across the western United States. Expansion of native woody plants, primarily Juniperus spp., over the past century is primarily attributable to wildfire suppression, historic periods of intensive livestock grazing, and changes in climate. To inform and guide successful conservation and management programs aimed at reducing woody plant encroachment, we mapped invasive woody plants at regional scales to evaluate landscape level impacts, drive targeted restoration actions, and monitor restoration outcomes. Our overarching goal was to produce seamless regional products across socio-political boundaries with resolution fine enough to depict the spatial extent and degree of woody plant invasion relevant to sage grouse conservation and management efforts. We successfully mapped tree canopy cover in occupied sage-grouse habitat across a 7-state region (466,646 km2)...

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  • Publication Date September 1, 2010
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