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We will apply indices of sagebrush ecological integrity, developed by WAFWA, to hierarchical population models of sage-grouse population rates of change over multiple decades to facilitate comprehensive understanding of the links between sagebrush ecosystem health and sagebrush obligate species from the lens of the Conservation Design Strategy. This research will investigate application of core area habitat concepts as it relates to sage-grouse population performance to manage lands within the sagebrush biome. The analysis framework and science deliverables developed from this study can be used as a basis to investigate the population performance of additional species of concern, beyond sage-grouse, in relation...
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Sagebrush ecosystems continue to undergo widespread degradation due partly to climate change and human development. Effective management must consider how to best conserve and restore habitats to balance support for multiple declining species given finite resources. However, limited tools exist to help address such management questions, especially when also considering how to rapidly restore sagebrush habitats. There is a need for such tools to help guide conservation efforts and ensure they are effective at meeting desired outcomes and goals.We will develop optimization problems based on species abundance, habitat features, predicted future risk (invasive grasses, pinyon juniper encroachment, development, wildfire,...
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There is a critical science need of identifying costs, amortized into the future, associated with prioritizing invasive annual grass management as fuels management to prevent costs of further wildland fire in high priority core areas. An invasive annual grass economic assessment will increase awareness of the resource needs and cost-effectiveness based on an evaluation of return on investment through a spatially prioritized approach for implementation. Realistic estimates for costs and ecological outcomes from allocation scenarios will define resources needed stepped down from a conservation design of Defend and Grow the Core Sagebrush Areas. This information will directly inform programmatic implementation levels...
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Dr. Cross will support the WAFWA Sagebrush Conservation Design by co-leading the connectivity sub-group for FY22 and 23 with Dr. Zeller. This group will convene ecosystem experts to create spatial action maps for ecological connectivity among sagebrush core areas. This group will then evaluate the degree to which ecological connectivity captures functional connectivity of one high-priority species and one high-priority taxa group within the sagebrush biome: (1) greater sage-grouse and (2) migratory ungulates. Dr. Cross will also directly support the wildlife fire sub-group by serving as a spatial analyst to support analyses.
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The Conservation Efforts Database (CED) is a web-based data portal collecting information from federal and non-federal partners on management actions that benefit sagebrush ecosystems and greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) habitat. This project leverages the existing hierarchical population modeling framework and modifies it to identify when significantly declining populations of sage-grouse have recovered to reflect broader-scale trends, and whether that recovery can be linked to conservation actions that occurred across the geographic range of sage-grouse aimed at improving habitat conditions or mitigating environmental stressors. Outcomes of the project will include peer-reviewed scientific evidence...
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This project responds to an identified need to harness practitioners experience and outcomes of large-scale habitat restoration efforts in the sagebrush biome to inform future restoration treatments and adaptive management of ongoing projects. The project will capitalize on existing rangeland restoration project databases (e.g. the Land Treatment Digital Library [LTDL], Land Treatment Exploration Tool [LTET], and others currently being managed at local and state levels) at a time when both state and federal funding opportunities are enabling land managers to treat sagebrush ecosystem threats, particularly invasive annual grasses, at large landscape scales. We will implement a robust, yet practical monitoring plan...
Addresses threats to the sagebrush ecosystem (e.g., invasive annual grasses and fire, loss of mesic habitats, conifer encroachment, human modification);Links to a core area approach identified by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) Conservation Design and/or spatially-explicit technical step-down product
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The Washington Shrubsteppe Restoration and Resiliency Initiative (WSRRI) is a new collaborative effortdedicated to conserving the states shrubsteppe wildlife and habitat in the face of increasing threatsfrom wildfire, climate change and other stressors. As part of a long-term transboundary strategy, we willwork with our partners to further co-develop and integrate TerrAdapt into adaptive management plans,enabling managers to better prioritize where shrubsteppe conservation actions (e.g., protecting corehabitat from invasive annual grasses and fire, restoring sagebrush and mesic habitats post-fire, ormitigating key highway movement barriers) are implemented to maintain ecologically connectednetworks of habitat that...
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Vast areas of the PNW remain data deficient with respect to the estimated more than 750 wild bee species that provide essential ecosystem services there. The Oregon Bee Atlas is working with expert volunteer Master Melittologists to address these deficits by conducting intensive multi-method inventory and monitoring field work throughout the state and with a special focus in Grassland and Sagebrush habitats due to their rich biodiversity. This field work generates species occurrence data, data on community assemblage, ecological data on bee-floral relations, and collects genetic material for hundreds of pollinator species. This informs conservation and restoration of species-at-risk, informs species assessments,...
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This project seeks to put science into practice, helping land managers scale-up conservation delivery to address the largest threat to the sagebrush biome: invasive annual grasses. Centered around the proactive Defend and Grow the Core framework, leading experts in applied science and management of invasive annual grasses will embark on a campaign to equip land managers with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to implement effective invasive annual grass management. Experts will translate the latest science into highly usable technical materials, foster experiential learning through field workshops and online modules, and establish an innovative multi-state demonstration and monitoring network that enables adaptive...


    map background search result map search result map Invasive Annual Grass Tech Transfer Partnership: Empowering Land Managers to Defend and Grow Sagebrush Cores Incorporating Connectivity and Wildland Fire Risk into the WAFWA Sagebrush Conservation Design Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions directed for greater sage-grouse using hierarchical models and the Conservation Efforts Database Understanding greater sage-grouse population trends from the lens of the WAFWA Conservation Design Strategy: implications for management of impacted, core, and growth opportunity areas within the sagebrush biome Washington Shrub-steppe Restoration and Resiliency Initiative: Defining Shared Spatial Priorities Planning for Conservation Delivery Success: Linking Biome-wide Sagebrush Conservation Design to Local Treatment Planning by Leveraging Landscape Restoration Outcomes Capacity Sagebrush Biome Invasive Annual Grass Economic Assessment Gunnison Sage-grouse Prioritizing Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems Tool (PReSET) Survey of Bombus (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and DNA barcoding of sagebrush biome wild bees in Southeast Oregon Gunnison Sage-grouse Prioritizing Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems Tool (PReSET) Planning for Conservation Delivery Success: Linking Biome-wide Sagebrush Conservation Design to Local Treatment Planning by Leveraging Landscape Restoration Outcomes Washington Shrub-steppe Restoration and Resiliency Initiative: Defining Shared Spatial Priorities Survey of Bombus (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and DNA barcoding of sagebrush biome wild bees in Southeast Oregon Capacity Invasive Annual Grass Tech Transfer Partnership: Empowering Land Managers to Defend and Grow Sagebrush Cores Incorporating Connectivity and Wildland Fire Risk into the WAFWA Sagebrush Conservation Design Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions directed for greater sage-grouse using hierarchical models and the Conservation Efforts Database Understanding greater sage-grouse population trends from the lens of the WAFWA Conservation Design Strategy: implications for management of impacted, core, and growth opportunity areas within the sagebrush biome Sagebrush Biome Invasive Annual Grass Economic Assessment