Sage grouse versus sagebrush control in Idaho
Published source details
Klebenow D.A. (1970) Sage grouse versus sagebrush control in Idaho. Journal of Range Management, 23, 396-400.
Published source details Klebenow D.A. (1970) Sage grouse versus sagebrush control in Idaho. Journal of Range Management, 23, 396-400.
Whether to use rotational burning or herbicides to manage native sagebrush-grassland may have implications for sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus, a declining North American ground-nesting bird (as well as other fauna and flora). A study was conducted on native upland sagebrush-grassland at the US Sheep Experiment Station on the Upper Snake River Plains (southeastern Idaho) to evaluate if sagebrush Artemesia control by herbicide spraying and/or burning, affected grouse nest and brood densities.
Sage grouse nest and brood searches were conducted within 34 plots (10 burned; 3 sprayed; 2.5 burned and sprayed, and 18.5 untreated) of 40 acres (16.2 ha) on foot assisted by trained dogs, and by vehicle. Six plots were searched in summer 1964; all 34 in 1965; 16 plots with nests in previous years were searched, plus an additional 460 acres (186.2 ha) of ‘suspected nesting habitat’, in 1966.