Symposium Replay: Putting Resilience and Resistance Concepts into Practice

Title: “Putting Resilience and Resistance Concepts into Practice,” a symposium presented at the Sagebrush Ecosystems Conservation: All Lands, All Hands conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah

Date Recorded: February 24, 2016

Watch the On-Demand Replay here!

(Recording courtesy of Utah State University)

Sponsors: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, The Great Basin Consortium, and Utah State University

Description: Ecosystem resilience and resistance concepts have rapidly emerged as an ecologically-based framework for coping with persistent threats in the sage steppe, such as wildfire and invasive annual grasses. Agencies have begun applying these concepts to assess risks, prioritize management activities, and select appropriate treatments from landscape to site scales. This session is designed to increase land managers’ awareness and understanding of how “R&R” applications can help them better maintain desired sagebrush communities. This 1.5 hour symposium was presented at the conference Sagebrush Ecosystems Conservation: All Lands, All Hands in February 2016.


1.) The scientific foundation for resilience and resistance in sagebrush ecosystems by Jeanne Chambers, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Reno, NV

2.) Using resilience and resistance concepts to triage fire and invasive threats at the landscape scale by Mike Pellant, Great Basin Ecologist, Boise, ID

3.) Evaluating resilience and resistance and predicting vegetation response pre- and post-fire at the site scale by Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus of Range Ecology and Fire, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

4.) Tapping soil survey information to inform resilience and resistance assessments by Jeremy Maestas, Sagebrush Ecosystem Specialist, USDA-NRCS, West National Technology Support Center

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The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.