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The Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP): a test of state-and-transition theory

Author(s): James D. McIver, Mark W. Brunson, Stephen C. Bunting, Jeanne C. Chambers, Nora Devoe, Paul S. Doescher, James B. Grace, Dale Johnson, Steve Knick, Richard F. Miller, Michael L. Pellant, Frederick B. Pierson, David A. Pyke, Kimberly Rollins, Bruce A. Roundy, Eugene Schupp, Robin J. Tausch, David Turner
Year Published: 2010

The Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) is a comprehensive, integrated, long-term study that evaluates the ecological effects of fire and fire surrogate treatments designed to reduce fuel and to restore sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) communities of the Great Basin and surrounding areas. SageSTEP has several features that make it ideal for testing hypotheses from state-and-transition theory: it is long-term, experimental, multisite, and multivariate, and treatments are applied across condition gradients, allowing for potential identification of biotic thresholds. The project will determine the conditions under which sagebrush steppe ecological communities recover on their own following fuel treatment versus the communities crossing ecological thresholds, which requires expensive active restoration.

Citation: McIver, James D.; Brunson, Mark; Bunting, Steve C.; Chambers, Jeanne; Devoe, Nora; Doescher, Paul; Grace, James; Johnson, Dale; Knick, Steve; Miller, Richard; Pellant, Mike; Pierson, Fred; Pyke, David; Rollins, Kim; Roundy, Bruce; Schupp, Eugene; Tausch, Robin; Turner, David. 2010. The Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP): a test of state-and-transition theory. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-237. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 16 p.
Topic(s): Management Approaches, Recovery after fire, Resilience
Ecosystem(s): Mountain shrubland/wooded draw, Sagebrush steppe
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11226
FRAMES RCS number: 11467
Record updated: Jul 26, 2018