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A conservation paradox in the Great Basin—Altering sagebrush landscapes with fuel breaks to reduce habitat loss from wildfire

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Shinneman, D.J., Aldridge, C.L., Coates, P.S., Germino, M.J., Pilliod, D.S., and Vaillant, N.M., 2018, A conservation paradox in the Great Basin—Altering sagebrush landscapes with fuel breaks to reduce habitat loss from wildfire: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1034, 70 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181034.

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Interactions between fire and nonnative, annual plant species (that is, “the grass/fire cycle”) represent one of the greatest threats to sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems and associated wildlife, including the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). In 2015, U.S. Department of the Interior called for a “science-based strategy to reduce the threat of large-scale rangeland fire to habitat for the greater sage-grouse and the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem.” An associated guidance document, the “Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Actionable Science Plan,” identified fuel breaks as high priority areas for scientific research. Fuel breaks are intended to reduce fire size and frequency, and potentially they can compartmentalize [...]

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tableOfContents<ul><li>Abstract<br></li><li>Introduction<br></li><li>Fuel Breaks to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat—Policy, Management, and Science Directives<br></li><li>Question 1. How Effective Are Fuel Breaks in Reducing or Slowing the Spread of Wildfire in Arid and Semi-Arid Shrubland Ecosystems?<br></li><li>Question 2. How Do Fuel Breaks Affect Sagebrush Plant Communities?<br></li><li>Question 3. What Are the Effects of Fuel Breaks on Greater Sage-Grouse, Other Sagebrush Obligates, and Sagebrush-Associated Wildlife Species?<br></li><li>Conclusions and Recommendations<br></li><li>Acknowledgments<br></li><li>References Cited<br></li><li>Glossary<br></li><li>Appendixes 1—2<br></li></ul>
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