A JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network
Bringing People Together & Sharing Knowledge in the Northern Rockies

Post-fire Restoration in the Great Basin: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Call to Make Adaptive Management Real

The vast sea of sagebrush-steppe rangelands that supported iconic wildlife and many ecosystem services has been heavily impacted by exotic plant invasions and altered wildfire, motivating one of the largest restoration and rehabilitation efforts globally.  Members of the Great Basin  Chapter of SER will describe the efforts, past and future, from scientific and management perspectives, and address the needs and prospects for an adaptive management approach.

Matt Germino is a research ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Boise ID, whose focuses on basic and applied aspects of plant-soil interactions in restoration and has been conducting research in the adaptive management framework

Cindy Fritz is an Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, Boise ID, and has led the fire rehabilitation efforts on thousands of acres for over 20 years.

Jeanne Chambers is a research ecologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Reno NV who has led the development of science and application of resistance and resilience concepts in sagebrush ecosystems and effective research-management partnerships.

Dave Pyke is a research ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Boise ID who has led the science of assessing post-fire restoration treatment effectiveness along with rangeland monitoring approaches. 

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