Seventy-Five Years of Land Treatments on Public Rangelands in the Great Basin
The Bureau of Land Management actively manages vegetation on millions of acres of public rangelands in the United States. USGS and BLM compiled over 75 years of records of those vegetation management actions – or land treatments –into a centralized, spatially explicit database called the Land Treatment Digital Library. In a recently published paper, researchers summarized data from over 9,000 treatments in the Great Basin to highlight the scope and scale of information in the LTDL. The authors discuss how this information can be used for adaptive management and ecological research, including evaluating responses of communities and ecosystems to natural and human caused disturbance. Information in the LTDL can help land managers evaluate past treatments and improve future restoration actions.
Pilliod, D.S., Welty, J.L., Toevs, G., 2017, Seventy-five years of vegetation treatments on public rangelands in the Great Basin of North America: Rangelands, p. online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2016.12.001. [Details]