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Project ID: 08-1-5-20

Year: 2008

Date Started: 10/01/2008

Date Completed: 01/04/2012

Title: Vegetation Impacts of Recurring Fires on Sagebrush Ecosystems in Washington: Implications for Conservation and Rehibilitation

Project Proposal Abstract: Thousands of hectares of high quality shrub steppe burned in large fires in 2000 and 2007 in the Arid Lands Ecology (ALE) Reserve on the Hanford Reach National Monument. Extensive permanent vegetation monitoring plots were established throughout this area in the mid-1990s, and many of these plots were remonitored following the 2000 fire. In addition, rehabilitation efforts to control invasive species (e.g., Bromus tectorum) and establish native species took place following this fire. This combination of monitoring and rehabilitation treatments provide a unique opportunity to better understand the individual and cumulative effects of recurring fires in this landscape. These fires may have significantly altered the trajectory of vegetation recovery of these systems by removing dominant species and stimulating invasive taxa. We propose to resample these permanent plots to address key questions regarding the interactions of native vegetation, invasive species, rehabilitation actions, and repeated fires. The results of this study will inform immediate management decisions regarding present and future post-fire habitat rehabilitation measures on the ALE Reserve, the National Monument and other shrub steppe sites, and will provide a critical understanding of the long-term dynamics of these significant shrub steppe systems.

Principal Investigator: Jonathan D. Bakker

Agency/Organization: University of Washington

Branch or Dept: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Peter W. Dunwiddie

University of Washington

Department of Biology

Co-Principal Investigator

Sonia A. Hall

The Nature Conservancy

WA-North Central Washington Office

Federal Cooperator

Michael A Gregg

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Mid-Columbia River NWRC-Hanford Reach Nat'l Monument


Project Locations

Consortium

Great Basin

Southwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

WA

PRIVATE

Private lands

STATE

WA

FWS

Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge


Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   2957 Journal Article Ecological Applications
view or print   2958 Journal Article Journal of Arid Environments
view or print   3442 Journal Article Rangeland Ecology and Management
view or print   3443 Journal Article Ecological Processes
view or print   241 MS Thesis Multiple Fires and Landscape Factors Affect Vegetation Composition Over Time and Interact to Affect Biological Soil Crust Cover (E. Dettweiler-Robinson)
view or print   1319 Field Demonstration/Tour Tour of Research Area on the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve (ALE), Hanford Reach National Monument
view or print   4676 Invited Paper/Presentation Planting Seedlings to Regenerate Critical Shrub Components in Shrub-Steppe; A Viable Tool for Land Managers
view or print   4683 Invited Paper/Presentation Long-Term Effects of Multiple Wildfires and Management on the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve
view or print   4684 Invited Paper/Presentation Biotic and Abiotic Characteristics Interact with Fire History to Influence Biological Soil Crust Cover and Composition in the Columbia Basin
view or print   4685 Invited Paper/Presentation Patterns and Drivers of Long-Term Change in Sagebrush-Steppe Vegetation Communities
view or print   4686 Invited Paper/Presentation Using Multivariate Control Charts to Communicate Long-Term Changes in Community Composition
view or print   4687 Poster Biotic and Abiotic Characteristics Interact with Fire History to Influence Biological Soil Crust Cover and Composition in the Columbia Basin
view or print   4856 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop: Linking Science and Management to Improve Restoration Success in the Shrub Steppe
view or print   4857 Invited Paper/Presentation Restoration in Arid Lands
view or print   4861 Dataset (including spatial) List of Vascular Plant Accessions in Hyde Herbarium
view or print   4505 Invited Paper/Presentation The Impact of Multiple Wildfires on Trajectories of Change and Stable States in Sagebrush-Steppe Ecosystems
view or print   4520 Invited Paper/Presentation The Impact of Multiple Wildfires on Trajectories of Change and Stable States in Sagebrush-Steppe Ecosystems
  go to website 4077 Website  
view or print   4078 Invited Paper/Presentation The Impact of Multiple Wildfires on Sagebrush-Steppe Communities: Implications for Restoration
view or print   4521 Invited Paper/Presentation Addressing Trajectories of Community Change of Sagebrush Shrub-Steppe Following Multiple Wildfires and Implications for Restoration
view or print   4461 Poster Vegetation Monitoring to Improve Conservation
view or print   3778 Invited Paper/Presentation Addressing Trajectories of Community Change of Sagebrush Shrub-Steppe Following Multiple Wildfires and Implications for Restoration
view or print   6253 Poster Using Multivariate Control Charts to Communicate Long-Term Changes in Sagebrush-Steppe Vegetation Communities
view or print   5505 Invited Paper/Presentation Restoring Wyoming Big Sagebrush Following Wildfire Using Nursery-Grown Stock: Contrasting Methods and Predicting Survival
view or print   5666 Dataset (including spatial) List of Biological Soil Crust Samples in Burke Herbarium

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