Restoring and Conserving Great Basin Ecosystems Field Tour (Tour 2: Sagebrush Ecosystems)

Meeting Date: 7/12/2017

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join the second of two field tours happening in Austin, NV! This tour focuses on sagebrush ecosystems, specifically on pinyon and juniper expansion, cheatgrass invasion, and fire. Jeanne Chambers (USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station) and Peter Weisberg (University of Nevada, Reno) will lead the tours.

The tour will visit a long-term pinyon and juniper demonstration area and discuss the factors that affect resilience to both wildfire and prescribed fire. Tour leads will discuss their recent Joint Fire Science and National Fire Plan sponsored work on: (1) the longer-term response of sagebrush ecosystems that have experienced recent pinyon and juniper expansion to fire; (2) resistance of sagebrush ecosystems to invasion by cheatgrass; and (3) factors that influence sagebrush recruitment. Tour leads will describe how this work is used to develop management strategies to conserve sagebrush ecosystems and Greater Sage-grouse habitat.

Join the tour on July 12! The first tour takes place on July 11 and will explore watersheds, riparian ecosystems and meadows.

You can find detailed information and a tentative agenda online. Questions? Contact Jeanne Chambers at jchambers@fs.fed.us or 775-224-1854.

Location: Austin, NV