Webinar: Successful Vegetation Management Practices in the Sagebrush-Steppe
Wildfire season in the West is growing longer and more intense — this new learning series looks at how to manage sagebrush ecosystems to better prevent and suppress fires.
When: Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MDT
Hosts: Great Basin Fire Exchange, Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy
Description: This webinar will introduce the new free online learning series, “Successful Vegetation Management Practices in the Sagebrush-Steppe.” The course was developed by the Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The webinar will showcase the topics in the series, how to navigate between topics, and how to view embedded videos with subject matter experts.
This series synthesizes foundational and emerging science related to vegetation management in the sagebrush steppe. The learning modules showcase examples of landscapes where management actions are improving ecological conditions across the sagebrush steppe.
In addition, the lessons contain science summaries and interviews with subject matter experts in the fields of plant ecology, fire management, vegetation treatments, and sage grouse biology. Each lesson also incorporates videos and graphics, and presents relevant literature that can be used by resource managers.
This new learning series responds to action item #5 within the fuels section of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy, which calls for a comprehensive knowledge transfer program for sagebrush-steppe management. The Strategy is intended to better prevent and suppress rangeland fire, and to improve efforts to restore fire-impacted landscapes.
The course features the following topics, which are free to download here:
- Conservation Issues Facing the Sagebrush Steppe and Greater Sage-Grouse
- Resistance and Resilience: An Introduction
- Conifer Encroached Systems
- Systems Invaded by Annual Grasses
- Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems
- Management Practices in the Sagebrush Steppe: Eastern Range
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.