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Using resilience and resistance concepts to manage threats to sagebrush ecosystems and sage-grouse

Date: April 29, 2016
Presenter(s): Jeanne C. Chambers


This webinar discusses a strategic approach developed by an interagency, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies working group for conservation of sagebrush ecosystems, Gunnison sage-grouse, and greater sage-grouse. It uses information on (1) factors that influence sagebrush ecosystem resilience to disturbance and resistance to nonnative invasive plants and (2) distribution and relative abundance of sage-grouse populations to address persistent ecosystem threats, such as nonnative invasive plants and wildfire, and anthropogenic threats, such as oil and gas development and agronomic conversion, and to develop effective management strategies. A sage-grouse habitat matrix links relative resilience and resistance of sagebrush ecosystems with modeled sage-grouse breeding habitat probabilities to help decision makers assess risks and determine appropriate management strategies at both landscape and site scales. Focal areas for management are assessed by overlaying matrix components with greater sage-grouse Priority Areas for Conservation (PACs) and Gunnison sage-grouse critical habitat and linkages, breeding bird concentration areas, and specific habitat threats. Decision tools are discussed for determining the suitability of focal areas for management and the most appropriate management actions.

Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Resilience, Recovery after fire
Ecosystem(s): Sagebrush steppe
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 14379
Record updated: May 24, 2018