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Insect and vegetation community composition and abundance after wildfire and restoration seeding treatments in southwestern Idaho, USA

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2009
End Date
2011

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Rohde, A.T., Pilliod, D.S., and Novak, S.J., 2018, Insect and vegetation community composition and abundance after wildfire and restoration seeding treatments in southwestern Idaho, USA: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9S4TWOY.

Summary

We conducted the first investigation of insect community responses to post-fire seeding on public rangelands by comparing the composition of insect communities at burned-and-seeded (treatment) and burned-and-unseeded (control) sagebrush-steppe ecological sites in southwestern Idaho. Insect communities in burned areas were compared to unburned (reference) areas. We collected insect and vegetation data within and around the burn perimeter of the 2007 Murphy Fire (652,209 ha), 2002 Big Crow Fire (1,134 ha), and 1995 Clover Fire (78,102 ha) in southwestern Idaho, USA. We captured and identified 24,862 insects from 130 families at the three study sites in 2010. We used a nadir photogrid and point-centered quarter method to estimate the [...]

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InsectVegFire_metadata.xml
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AllSites2010_Insects.csv 73.71 KB
AllSites2010_Landscape.csv 4.37 KB
AllSites2010_Veg2.csv 9.96 KB
Clover2009-2011_Insects.csv 80.07 KB
Clover2009-2011_Veg.csv 6.14 KB

Purpose

These data were collected to address the following hypotheses: 1) insect diversity and abundance are reduced at burned plots because vegetation composition and structure are simplified by fire, 2) Insect diversity and abundance are higher at treatment plots than control plots because seeding treatments increase the complexity of vegetation communities which provide habitat for insects, 3) Diversity and abundance of highly mobile insects within burned plots are associated with vegetation composition of the surrounding landscape as well as vegetation within the sampling plots.

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/P9S4TWOY

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