A USGS press release was published today highlighting a paper describing possible limitations of big sagebrush restoration in the American West after wildfires.
USGS Press Release: Plant age drives mortality, reproductive success and population dynamics
Big sagebrush is very sensitive to fire and does not resprout and this type of disturbance like some other shrub species can. Restoration of this species is notoriously difficult and expensive. USGS scientists at the Southwest Biological Science Center and the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center conducted research on 531 burned sites that contained big sagebrush in an attempt to understand why it is so difficult to reestablish this species after a fire. To find out more, click here to read the USGS press release.
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