Sustainable Development and The Great Sage-Grouse

Sustainable Development and The Great Sage-Grouse

Douglas D. Rideout Yu Wei Joe-Riley Epps David Mueller Niki Kernohan 

WESTFIRE Research Centre, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, U.S.A.

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, U.S.A.

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The invasion of non-native grasses, pinyon-juniper encroachment, drought and climate change have resulted in larger, more intense fires in the western United States’ sagebrush-steppe ecosystem. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified these factors as the primary threat to sagebrush obligate species, particularly the endemic greater sage-grouse. A large portion of primary sage-grouse conservation areas reside on the U.S. Department of the Interior federal lands. In 2015, the DOI issued Secretarial Order 3336 that directed the development of a comprehensive science-based strategy to reduce the threat of large-scale rangeland fires to greater sage-grouse habitat and the sage-steppe ecosystem. This study reports the results of using the STARFire planning and budgeting system to respond to Sec- tion 7(b) iii-Fuels, Action Item #4 of the secretarial order. This study demonstrates the capabilities of STARFire to apply the latest science and technology using a risk-based approach to conduct a wildfire risk analysis and improve the targeting of fuels reduction programs on a landscape-scale study across the Northern Great Basin of the United States.


economics, fuel treatment, Great Basin, Landscape analysis, risk, sage-grouse, spatial planning, STARFire, U.S. Bureau of Land Management. wildland fire.


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