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Sagebrush Restoration Handbook – Site-Level Restoration Decisions

The USGS, in collaboration with other federal and university partners, have published part three of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level. The entire handbook describes a sagebrush-steppe habitat restoration framework that incorporates landscape ecology principles and information on resistance of sagebrush-steppe to invasive plants and resilience to disturbance. This third part of the handbook presents a site-level restoration tool, which relies on soil temperature and moisture regimes, soil descriptions, and ecological site concepts. Part one of the handbook, published October 26, 2015, introduced basic concepts about sagebrush ecosystems, landscape ecology and restoration science. Part two, published December 7, 2015, helps guide selection of potential sites for restoration from a landscape perspective. A USGS technical release was published on February 14 to coincide with the release of the final installment.

Pyke, D.A., Chambers, J.C., Pellant, M., Miller, R.F., Beck, J.L., Doescher, P.S., Roundy, B.A., Schupp, E.W., Knick, S.T., Brunson, M., McIver, J.D., 2017, Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems with Emphasis on Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat—Part 3. Site Level Restoration Decisions: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1426, p. 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1426[Details]

Contact: David Pyke, FRESC, 541-750-0989, Profile

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