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Steve Hanser

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The Science Framework for the Conservation and Restoration Strategy of the Sagebrush Biome provides a strategic, multiscale approach for prioritizing areas for management and determining effective management strategies across the sagebrush biome. It includes: A six step process linking information on sagebrush ecosystem resilience to species habitat requirements An assessment of the predominant ecosystem and anthropogenic threats Decision tools including a habitat matrix to aid in determining project areas and appropriate management actions at multiple scales Geospatial data, maps and models provided through the U.S. Geological Survey ScienceBase and BLM Landscape Approach Data Portal to support future assessments...
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Development of oil and gas wells leads to the destruction and fragmentation of natural habitat. Oil and gas wells also increase noise levels which has been shown to be detrimental to some wildlife species. Therefore, the density of oil and gas wells in the western United States was modeled based on data obtained from the National Oil and Gas Assessment.
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