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Long-term effects of wildfire on greater sage-grouse - integrating population and ecosystem concepts for management in the Great Basin


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Coates, P.S., Ricca, M.A., Prochazka, B.G., Doherty, K.E., Brooks, M.L., and Casazza, M.L., 2015, Long-term effects of wildfire on greater sage-grouse—Integrating population and ecosystem concepts for management in the Great Basin: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Greater sage-grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus; hereinafter, sage-grouse) are a sagebrush obligate species that has declined concomitantly with the loss and fragmentation of sagebrush ecosystems across most of its geographical range. The species has been considered for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act multiple times, and was most recently ruled to not warrant protection as of September 2015. Nevertheless, the species faces threats from increasing wildfire frequency and changing climate, which are identified frequently as two environmental drivers contributing to declines of sage-grouse populations. To help inform a threat assessment within the Great Basin for listing sage-grouse in 2015 under the ESA, we conducted [...]

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This dataset identifies sage-grouse concentration areas in the Great Basin, which comprise areas of both high habitat suitability and high population abundance, and can be used to help guide fire suppression and restoration efforts.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7K35RRS

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