Research That’s For the Birds: Grazed Land Increases Insect Food Supply for Sage Grouse

July 18, 2019

By Paige Embry Between 2012 and 2015 the researchers sampled plots in three different management situations: grazed, resting, and idle. The first two were plots being managed as part of a rest-rotation scheme meant to aid various conservation goals by mimicking the movement of wild herbivores. Ranchers create a series of pastures and move the animals through them so that each area gets a rest period of around 15 months. The researchers collected arthropods from pastures while they were actively being grazed as well as “resting” plots. (full article)

Study: Big sagebrush may weather climate change

March 4, 2019


While a warming climate has the potential to cause numerous harmful effects, at least one species important to the West could come out a winner — big sagebrush. (link)

Scientists simulate forest and fire dynamics to understand area burn of future wildfires

February 26, 2019

Scientists are examining more data via simulations of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada to improve their understanding between prior and future wildfires. (link)

Recent drought may provide a glimpse of the future for birds in the Sierra Nevada

February 21, 2019

To better understand the effects of climate change on the bird community in the Sierra Nevada region, researchers examined the impacts to birds from a recent extreme drought (2013-2016).  (link)

Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?

January 2, 2019

Nursery-grown plants can harbor fungicide-resistant strains of disease-causing pathogens (link)

Western Innovator: Researcher establishes grazing as fire tool

November 21, 2018

By Brad Carlson Published on October 4, 2018

Kirk Davies and his fellow rangeland scientists in southeastern Oregon for years produced studies showing earlier grazing reduces future fire risk while benefiting native plants. (full article)

A promising approach to optimize pig genomics

November 21, 2018

The rapid increase in the world population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, needs to be accompanied by a substantial increase in food production. At the same time, consumers require tasty and high-quality food, produced under exemplary welfare and health conditions, all at a minimized cost. (full article)

Livestock (grazing) systems provide a large diversity of ecosystem services

November 21, 2018

The interaction between livestock systems and their respective environments is complex. Livestock agro-ecosystems makes a large contribution to a diversity of Ecosystem Services (ES), i.e. the benefits that people can obtain from ecosystems, in contrast to the possible negative externalities of livestock production (“dis-services”). (full article)

Billions of gallons of water saved by thinning forests : Too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests stress water supplies, scientists say

July 3, 2018

There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say scientists. That may come as a surprise to those who see dense, verdant forests as signs of a healthy environment. After all, green is good, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to the number of trees in California forests, bigger isn’t always better. (full article)

The key triggers of the costly 2017 wildfire season

July 3, 2018

New research shows that three major ‘switches’ affecting wildfire — fuel, aridity, and ignition — were either flipped on and/or kept on longer than expected last year, triggering one of the largest and costliest US wildfire seasons in recent decades.  (full article)

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