Fire, whether caused by humans or natural occurrences, destroys sagebrush habitat. Sagebrush takes decades to grow and is often pushed out by invasive and faster growing plant species after disturbances. In some cases fire is important for creating diverse habitat for Sage-Grouse, but care should be taken to ensure that sagebrush ecosystems are restored.
- Prevent and avoid fire disturbances in active Sage-Grouse habitat
- After fire plant native sagebrush and remove invasive species, such as Juniper, chetgrass and Japanese brome
- Apply appropriate chemical and mechanical treatments to restore and preserve sagebrush
- Contact a local professional to help you implement prescribed burns
Prescribed Fire As a Management Tool in Xeric Sagebrush Ecosystems