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Answering Questions about the Appropriateness of Woody Vegetation Treatments

Megan Dettenmaier


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Eric Thacker, Mark Brunson
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 12 pm (MDT)

 1 CEU from Society of American Foresters, OR 1 CEU from International Society of Arboriculture is available, OR you may receive a letter of certification to submit to whatever organization you would like. You must enter your CEU preference on the Zoom Registration page for the webinar.

Co-sponsored by Great Basin Fire Science Exchange

Federal and state agencies across Utah and the Great Basin have been actively treating pinyon and juniper woodlands to improve wildlife habitat, reduce fuel loads, and achieve watershed objectives. Increasingly these activities have been questioned by stakeholder groups and citizens who are concerned about the unintended consequences of such treatments. In this webinar, we’ll address some of the recent criticisms of pinyon-juniper treatment, sharing results of research on woody vegetation removal as well as identifying questions that still need to be answered through research and monitoring.

Eric Thacker is an associate professor and rangeland Extension specialist at Utah State University. He has conducted research and published articles on rangeland wildfire, Greater Sage-grouse biology, shrub reduction, and rangeland monitoring. Mark Brunson is a professor of Environment and Society at Utah State University. He directs the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange and has been part of the Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) since it’s initiation in 2005.

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