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Data for: A conservation planning tool for greater sage-grouse using indices of species distribution, resilience, and resistance


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Ricca, M.A., Coates, P.S., Gustafson, K.B., Brussee, B.E., Chambers, J.C., Espinosa, S.P., Gardner, S.C., Lisius, Sherri, Ziegler, Pilar, Delehanty, D.J., and Casazza, M.L., 2018, Data for: A conservation planning tool for greater sage-grouse using indices of species distribution, resilience, and resistance: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Managers require quantitative yet tractable tools that can identify areas for restoration yielding effective benefits for targeted wildlife species and the ecosystems they inhabit. A spatially explicit conservation planning tool that guides effective sagebrush restoration for sage-grouse can be made more effective by integrating baseline maps describing existing (pre-restoration) habitat suitability, and the distribution and abundance of breeding sage-grouse. Accordingly, we provide two rasters. The first is a floating point raster file informed by lek data, and derived from: 1) utilization distributions weighted by lek attendance, and 2) a non-linear probability of space-use relative to distance to lek. The second is a floating point [...]


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These data were created as part of an overarching conservation planning tool framework, an important first step in identifying example management projects that yield the highest quantifiable benefit to sage-grouse while avoiding potentially costly misallocation of resources. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of considering both changes in sage-grouse ecological response and factors influencing sagebrush ecosystem resilience to disturbance and resistance to invasion by non-native species.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7TT4Q5S

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