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Project ID: 01C-3-3-13

Year: 2002

Date Started: 08/05/2002

Date Completed: 10/19/2005

Title: Effectiveness of Postfire Seeding to Reduce Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) Growth and Reproduction in Recently Burned Sagebrush Steppe

Project Proposal Abstract: The positive relationship between cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and fire frequency is a major concern for land managers in semi-add shrublands throughout western North America, particularly in Great Basin sagebrush steppe. Management tools are needed to break this cycle, and in this project we will evaluate the use of postfire seeding to suppress the growth and reproduction of cheatgrass in low elevation sagebrush steppe dominated by Wyoming big sagebrush (Artenzisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis). We will specifically evaluate the seeding of introduced versus native seed mixes, and grasses versus grasses plus leguminous forbs. We will also evaluate the postfire soil conditions, such as nutrient level and seedbank composition, that may influence the effectiveness of postfire seeding treatments. Effects of seeding on the species composition and abundance of native plants will also be evaluated. These data will be compiled during the initial 2 years after experimental burning. We will present this information as a set of recommendations for land managers to use when designing postfire seeding protocols, and as a set of working hypotheses for research scientists to use when formulating new studies to improve our knowledge of fire and invasive species ecology and management in sagebrush steppe.

Principal Investigator: Matthew L. Brooks

Agency/Organization: USGS-Geological Survey

Branch or Dept: WERC-Yosemite Field Station

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Todd C. Esque

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Las Vegas Field Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Bridget Lair

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Las Vegas Field Station

Co-Principal Investigator

Mike L. Pellant

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Idaho State Office

Co-Principal Investigator

Mike Whalen

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Winnemucca District Office

Federal Cooperator

Matthew L. Brooks

USGS-Geological Survey

WERC-Yosemite Field Station

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Great Basin

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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   1204 Government Publication To Seed or Not to Seed: Effects of Seeding Native vs. Non-Native Grasses on Plant Communities in Recently Burned Sagebrush Steppe
    3194 Journal Article Postfire Seeding to Reduce Growth of Invasive Alien Grasses in Postfire Sagebrush Steppe
    2735 Journal Article Inter-Relationships of Fire and Invasive Plants in the Context of Ecological Restoration
    2736 Journal Article Invasive Plant and Fire Research in the Southwestern Deserts
    2737 Journal Article Effectiveness of Post-Fire Seedings to Reduce Cheatgrass
  go to website 45 Website  
  go to website 805 Website  
    3602 Field Demonstration/Tour  

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