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Project ID: 07-2-2-06

Year: 2007

Date Started: 08/22/2007

Date Completed: 10/22/2013

Title: Management of Fuel Loading in the Shrub-Steppe: Responses 5 Years After Treatments

Project Proposal Abstract: Abstract: We will re-measure a subset of study plots established under the previous project, "Management of fuel loading in the shrub-steppe" in response to AFP 2007-2-Task2 . Our objective is to determine if our strategy to reduce B. tectorum cover and thus fire risk is sustainable after implementation. Our primary task is to test the hypothesis that bunchgrasses (Elymus wawawaiensis, Snake River wheatgrass, Secar cultivar) established in 2003 will show an increasing degree of B. tectorum control over three years. We will test the hypothesis that native species richness and cover in Plateau plots will not be different from controls 5 to 7 years after treatment application. We will monitor species composition and cover in 6 control-plots and in 6 plots where Plateau had been applied at 4 and 8 oz acre I with and without drill seeded bunchgrasses. All plots are split-plots. In addition we will monitor the survivorship, phenology, and size of established bunchgrasses and their effect on B. tectortm cover near each bunch. We will also document presence and density of new E. wawawaiensis arising from self-seeding. The products provided will be communications to land managers about our strategy. The benefit for managers and others will be an answer to whether our strategy is useful for sustained reductions in B. tectorum cover and thus reductions fire risk. We will be able to say how long it takes for our strategy to provide a significant reduction of fire risk.

Principal Investigator: Steven O. Link

Agency/Organization: Native Plant Landscaping & Restoration LLC

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Federal Cooperator

Randal Hill

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Columbia NWR

Federal Fiscal Representative

Victoria Nicholson

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Columbia NWR

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

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("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   1376 Government Publication Management of Fuel Loading in the Shrub-Steppe: Responses Six Years After Treatments
view or print   1379 Government Publication Management of Fuel Loading in the Shrub-Steppe: Responses Six and Seven Years After Treatments

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