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Monitoring for adaptive management of burned sagebrush-steppe rangelands: addressing variability and uncertainty on the 2015 Soda Megafire

March 1, 2022

• Use of adaptive management supported by robust monitoring is vital to solving severe rangeland problems, such as the exotic annual grass invasion and fire cycle in sagebrush-steppe rangelands.

• Uncertainty in post-fire plant-community composition and plant response to treatments poses a challenge to land management and research but can be addressed with a high density of observations over short time frames.

• The monitoring for adaptive management of the 2015 Soda Megafire area (113,000 Ha) sampled up to 2000 observation plots in each of five post-fire years, and provided important insights on challenges, solutions, and insights that can be applied to monitoring future burned areas.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Monitoring for adaptive management of burned sagebrush-steppe rangelands: addressing variability and uncertainty on the 2015 Soda Megafire
DOI 10.1016/j.rala.2021.12.002
Authors Matthew Germino, Peter Torma, Matthew Fisk, Cara Applestein
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Rangelands
Series Number
Index ID 70229221
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center