Federal and state agencies across Utah and the Great Basin have been actively treating pinyon and juniper woodlands to improve wildlife habitat, reduce fuel loads, and achieve watershed objectives. Increasingly these activities have been questioned by stakeholder groups and citizens who are concerned about the unintended consequences of such treatments. In this webinar, we’ll address some of the recent criticisms of pinyon-juniper treatment, sharing results of research on woody vegetation removal as well as identifying questions that still need to be answered through research and monitoring.
Eric Thacker is an associate professor and rangeland Extension specialist at Utah State University. He has conducted research and published articles on rangeland wildfire, Greater Sage-grouse biology, shrub reduction, and rangeland monitoring. Mark Brunson is a professor of Environment and Society at Utah State University. He directs the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange and has been part of the Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) since it’s initiation in 2005.