Effect of sagebrush Artemesia control in sagebrush-grassland by herbicide spraying and burning on sagegrouse Centrocercus urophasianus nesting, US Sheep Experiment Station, Idaho, USA
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.