Great Basin

Desert FMP Project

In 2012, researchers at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the Bureau of Land Management began a large-scale study to examine the interactions between fire, plant invasions, small mammals, and precipitation. We established one research site in Rush Valley, west of Utah Lake. This sagebrush-dominated site has extensive biological soil crusts. After the fire, burned areas were invaded first by halogeton, a noxious weed, and then by cheatgrass. These aerial panoramas show differences in treatments in three blocks.

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