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Cara W Meinke

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Agricultural land cover in the study area for the conservation assessment of Greater Sage-grouse conducted by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. This dataset was developed from Sagestitch, an Eastern Washington Shrubsteppe Mapping Project, several state-level Gap Analysis Program (GAP) land cover products (AZ, CA, NM, OR, and WA), National Land Cover Data (NLCD) (ND,SD,NE), and the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) Generalized Landcover (Alberta, Saskatchewan).
Widespread degradation of the sagebrush ecosystem in the western United States, including the invasion of cheatgrass, has prompted resource managers to consider a variety of approaches to restore and conserve habitats for sagebrush-associated species. One such approach involves the use of greater sage-grouse, a species of prominent conservation interest, as an umbrella species. This shortcut approach assumes that managing habitats to conserve sage-grouse will simultaneously benefit other species of conservation concern. The efficacy of using sage-grouse as an umbrella species for conservation management, however, has not been fully evaluated. We tested that concept by comparing: (1) commonality in land-cover associations,...
The ecological integrity of Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems in the Intermountain West (U.S.A.) has been diminished by synergistic relationships among human activities, spread of invasive plants, and altered disturbance regimes. An aggressive effort to restore Sagebrush habitats is necessary if we are to stabilize or improve current habitat trajectories and reverse declining population trends of dependent wildlife. Existing economic resources, technical impediments, and logistic difficulties limit our efforts to a fraction of the extensive area undergoing fragmentation, degradation, and loss. We prioritized landscapes for restoring Sagebrush habitats within the intermountain western region of the United States...
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