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Wild Horses and Burros

Conservation and restoration of the sagebrush ecosystem is a major challenge. There are numerous threats to the ecosystem including increasing risk of wildfire, invasion by exotic annual grasses, expansion of conifer trees, development for agricultural use and energy extraction, and many other natural and human caused disturbances. Restoration of sagebrush habitat following a disturbance is complicated by moisture availability and the length of time required for the vegetation community to recover. To meet this conservation challenge, it is critical that land management is guided by the best available science so that actions are effective and located in the places where they can have the best overall outcome.