QNCR Represented in New Publication: A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome

November 17, 2021
USDA, United States Department of Agriculture. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Working Lands for Wildlife. A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome. 2011-2021

QNCR is well represented in a new report summarizing more than a decade of science from Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW). Among the 61 peer-reviewed publications referenced in the report, QCNR researchers showcased work helping to guide targeted conservation of the sagebrush biome, conserve core areas, and scientifically quantify outcomes. The document addresses the current understanding of identified sagebrush biome threats on western working rangelands and how best to address them through voluntary conservation actions. More than 350 plant and animal species are benefitting from this conservation, notably sage grouse, sagebrush songbirds, and migratory big game populations. 

A webinar presenting both the science in the new publication and how to best address threats through voluntary conservation actions will be held November 18 at 1 p.m. MT. The webinar, called “A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome,” will be presented by David Naugle, professor of Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and Western WLFW science advisor. Dr. Naugle will cover how new science and innovative tools are helping target conservation work in the sagebrush biome, conserve core areas, and scientifically quantify the outcomes of those efforts. 

QCNR publications cited in the report include:

Bouwes, N., N. Weber, C.E. Jordan, W.C. Saunders, I.A. Tattam, C. Volk, J.M. Wheaton, M.M. Pollock. 2016. Ecosystem experiment reveals benefits of natural and simulated beaver dams to a threatened population of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Scientific Reports 6:28581. 

Dahlgren, D.K., R.T. Larsen, R. Danvir, G. Wilson, E.T. Thacker, T.A. Black, D.E. Naugle, J.W. Connelly, and T.A. Messmer. 2015. Greater sage–grouse and range management: Insights from a 25–year case study in Utah and Wyoming. Rangeland Ecology and Management 68:375–382. 

Silverman, N.L., B.W. Allred, J.P. Donnelly, T.B. Chapman, J.D. Maestas, J.M. Wheaton, J. White, and D.E. Naugle. 2019. Low–tech riparian and wet meadow restoration increases vegetation productivity and resilience across semiarid rangelands. Restoration Ecology 27:269–278.

Smith, J.T., J.D. Tack, K.E. Doherty, B.W. Allred, J.D. Maestas, L.I. Berkeley, S.J. Dettenmaier, T.A. Messmer, and D.E. Naugle. 2018. Phenology largely explains taller grass at successful nests in greater sage–grouse. Ecology and Evolution 8:356–364. 

Wheaton, J.M., S.N. Bennett, N. Bouwes, (editors). 2019. Low–tech process–based restoration of riverscapes: design manual Version 1.0. Utah State University Restoration Consortium. Logan, Utah. 

Wheaton, J.M., A. Wheaton, J. Maestas, S. Bennett, N. Bouwes, S. Shahveridan, R. Camp, C. Jordan, W. Macfarlane, E. Portugal, and N. Weber. 2019. Low– tech process–based restoration of riverscapes: Pocket field guide. Utah State University Restoration Consortium. Logan, Utah.