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Restoring and Rehabilitating Sagebrush Habitats

David A. Pyke

in Greater Sage-Grouse

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267114
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267114.003.0024
Restoring and Rehabilitating Sagebrush Habitats

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Less than half of the original habitat of the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) currently exists. Some has been permanently lost to farms and urban areas, but the remaining varies in condition from high quality to no longer adequate. Restoration of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) grassland ecosystems may be possible for resilient lands. However, Greater Sage-Grouse require a wide variety of habitats over large areas to complete their life cycle. Effective habitat restoration will require a regional approach for prioritizing and identifying appropriate options across the landscape. A landscape triage method is recommended for prioritizing lands for restoration. Spatial models can indicate where to protect and connect intact quality habitat with other similar habitat via restoration. The ecological site concept of land classification is recommended for characterizing potential habitat across the region along with their accompanying state and transition models of plant community dynamics.

Keywords: Artemisia; Centrocercus urophasianus; Greater Sage-Grouse; habitat restoration; landscape triage; sagebrush; grassland ecosystems; land classification

Chapter.  10996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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