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Biome-wide sagebrush core habitat and growth areas estimated from a threat-based conservation design

Data for U.S. Geological - Open File Report Report 2022–1081: A Sagebrush Conservation Design to Proactively Restore America’s Sagebrush Biome


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Doherty, K., Theobald, D.M., Holdrege, M.C., Wiechman, L.A., and Bradford, J.B., 2022, Biome-wide sagebrush core habitat and growth areas estimated from a threat-based conservation design: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data were compiled as a part of a landscape conservation design effort for the sagebrush biome, and are the result of applying a spatially explicit model that assessed geographic patterns in sagebrush ecological integrity and used these results to identify Core Sagebrush Areas (CSAs), Growth Opportunity Areas (GOAs), and Other Rangeland Areas (ORAs). Our overall objective in this study was to characterize geographic patterns in ecological integrity of sagebrush ecosystems. These data represent the estimated integrity of sagebrush ecosystems, estimated from a spatial model that assigns high integrity is areas with abundant big sagebrush and perennial grass/forb cover and with minimal annual grass/forb cover, minimal conifers, [...]


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The purpose of these data are to provide a biome-wide, consistent, quantitative information about sagebrush core habitat and growth areas. These data may be used to enable better prioritization of landscapes for conservation, and to inform which treatments or other conservation actions are appropriate in specific areas.


The author(s) of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P94Y5CDV

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