Webinar: Large-scale traps and conifer encroachment – Using archaeological data to plan the greater sage grouse conservation effort

When: Oct. 12, 2016 from 10 AM (PST)

Host: Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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Presenters: Bryan Hockett, BLM Nevada, and Steve Nelson, BLM Bishop Field Office

Description: Multiple federal, state, and local governments and agencies are currently working on conservation efforts for the greater sage-grouse. Some of these anticipated efforts will involve the removal of pinyon and juniper trees thought to be encroaching into sage grouse habitat that formerly consisted primarily of sagebrush.

Conflicting evidence abounds, however, as to precisely where and when conifer encroachment has occurred across the Great Basin over the past 200 years. Aboriginal large-scale traps (principally pronghorn antelope corrals) built at the sagebrush-conifer interface more than 200 years ago can directly inform on the location and timing of recent conifer encroachment. These data should be utilized by biologists when planning sage grouse conservation efforts.

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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.