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Seventy-five years of vegetation treatments on public rangelands in the Great Basin of North America

January 23, 2017

On the Ground 

  • Land treatments occurring over millions of hectares of public rangelands in the Great Basin over the last 75 years represent one of the largest vegetation manipulation and restoration efforts in the world.
  • The ability to use legacy data from land treatments in adaptive management and ecological research has improved with the creation of the Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL), a spatially explicit database of land treatments conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
  • The LTDL contains information on over 9,000 confirmed land treatments in the Great Basin, composed of seedings (58%), vegetation control treatments (24%), and other types of vegetation or soil manipulations (18%).
  • The potential application of land treatment legacy data for adaptive management or as natural experiments for retrospective analyses of effects of land management actions on physical, hydrologic, and ecologic patterns and processes is considerable and just beginning to be realized.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Seventy-five years of vegetation treatments on public rangelands in the Great Basin of North America
DOI 10.1016/j.rala.2016.12.001
Authors David S. Pilliod, Justin L. Welty, Gordon Toevs
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Rangelands
Index ID 70180019
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center