WEBINAR – Capitalizing On Strategic Opportunities To Reduce Cheatgrass: Examples From The Field

When: Wednesday April 25, 2018 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM MST

Hosts: Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, Sage Grouse Initiative, USDA-NRCS, BLM, USDA-ARS, and USFS


  • Brian Mealor, Associate Professor and Director of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center, University of Wyoming
  • Mike Pellant, Ecologist, Retired, Bureau of Land Management

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Description: Brian Mealor will discuss strategic opportunities where land managers can intervene to move the needle on cheatgrass. It will describe the level of invasion and management strategies applicable to each. Then Mike Pellant will discuss post-fire opportunities, cheatgrass die-off areas, and strategic targeted grazing of fine fuels.

Background: This is part of the 2018 Webinar Series, Moving the Needle on Cheatgrass: Putting What We Know into Practice. This series will provide information on integrated management approaches using specific strategies and proven tools.

Conversion of native rangelands to cheatgrass, and subsequent impacts on wildfire regimes, are one of the most challenging threats to sagebrush ecosystems today. The widespread and complex  nature of the problem and lack of clarity on effective management actions are often barriers to implementing meaningful treatments and practices to reduce risks. Although there is no silver bullet, combining cheatgrass reduction treatments with promotion or restoration of perennial vegetation in an integrated, adaptive management framework can move the needle toward maintenance  and recovery of functioning ecosystems.

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Brought to you by the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, in partnership with the USDA-NRCS, Sage Grouse Initiative, BLM, USDA-ARS, and USFS


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.