Measuring the Regional Impacts of Pinyon and Juniper Removal on Insect, Bat and Reptile Communities

As part of a coordinated effort for managing Greater Sage-grouse habitat, thousands of acres of pinyon and juniper woodlands (PJ) have been targeted for removal on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The investigators propose to quantify how PJ woodland removal alters vegetation community structure and how such shifts potentially cascade through insect and small vertebrate communities at small to large spatial scales. They will test the effects of planned PJ removal treatments on insect communities and the reptile and bat species that depend upon them, using a rigorous before-after-control-impact experimental design that spans the Great Basin in Nevada. They will also identify environmental factors driving observed multi-species responses.

Theme: Disturbance and Development, Fish and Wildlife

Project start date:

Fiscal year funded: 2016

Project status: Active

Project managers: Kevin Shoemaker, University of Nevada, Reno (Lead); Jason Williams, Nevada Department of Wildlife; Gail Collins, Fish and Wildlife Service; Bryan Hamilton, National Park Service; Matt Forister, Chris Feldman, Thomas Dilts, and Peter Weisberg, University of Nevada, Reno