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Livestock Grazing Effects On Fuels Loads For Wildland Fire In Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems

Karen Launchbaugh and Eva Strand, Professors of Rangeland Ecology and Management at the University of Idaho, discuss ways that contemporary livestock grazing practices affect the extent and severity of fires in sagebrush, including cumulative effects that occur on decadal time scales to alter plant community composition and those observed as yearly changes in fuel loads. This project provides a literature review and scientific synthesis of interactions between livestock grazing, invasive species, and fire behavior in the sagebrush dominated ecosystems of the Great Basin.

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