New online training for vegetation management practices in sagebrush-steppe
Introducing Successful Vegetation Management Practices in the Sagebrush-Steppe – a new online training created by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This online training related to sound fuels and vegetation management practices in the sagebrush-steppe targets fuels and vegetation managers facing issues related to wildfires, Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) habitat loss, trends in invasive, non-native vegetation, and other threats. The purpose of the learning series is to convey science-based information leading to improved vegetation management practices across the sagebrush steppe.
This learning series responds to Section 7.b.iii, Action Item #5 within the Fuels section of the 2015 Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy, which calls for a comprehensive knowledge transfer program to enhance the fuels management program’s role in sagebrush-steppe management. The Strategy is intended to improve the efficiency and efficacy of actions to address rangeland fire, to better prevent and suppress rangeland fire, and improve efforts to restore fire-impacted landscapes.
Specifically, this series provides a synthesis of foundational and emerging science related to fuels and vegetation management in the sagebrush steppe. The learning modules synthesize the state of the science for six management topics:
- Background and origins of the conservation problems facing the sagebrush steppe and Greater Sage-Grouse
- Understanding and applying the concepts of Resistance and Resilience
- Management of sagebrush ecosystems experiencing conifer encroachment
- Management of sagebrush ecosystems at risk of or invaded by invasive annual grasses
- Restoration of sagebrush steppe ecosystems
- Issues specific to the eastern range of Greater Sage-Grouse
The training is open and available to the public here: https://www.conservationtraining.org/course/view.php?id=263
You do not require an account or password to access these materials; however, we do recommend a high-speed internet connection when viewing the embedded videos.