Non-Native Plants, Fuels, and Desert Revegetation: Research Brief

Non-Native Plants, Fuels, and Desert Revegetation: Research Brief

To revegetate disturbed desert lands, practitioners often reestablish fertile islands as a first step in restoring native plants and associated fauna on disturbed desert sites. This research brief discusses the pros and cons of this approach considering native and non-native species.

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Restoring Desert Biocrusts after Severe Disturbances: Research Brief

Restoring Desert Biocrusts after Severe Disturbances: Research Brief

Collaboratively with the National Park Service, the authors performed a study along Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area (eastern Mojave Desert, Nevada) to develop biocrust restoration strategies. Results and management recommendations for the most effective restoration methods are discussed. 

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Modeling Probability of Ignition & Fire Severity Across The Mojave Ecoregion: Presentation PDF

Presented at the Mojave Desert Fire Science and Management Workshop. Barstow, CA 2014.
This presentation discusses the process of model development to map the ignition probability and fire severity. 
Presenter: Emma Underwood et al.
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Simulated Indigenous Management: A New Model for Ecological Restoration in National Parks: Journal Article

"In this essay, we argue for a shift that emphasizes disturbances created by indigenous peoples in the pre-Columbian landscape. We believe that there are areas within various national parks where nature has been influenced by long-term Indian occupation, management and cultural resource management that would reconstruct indigenous disturbances and include approximations for those disturbances as means of restoring and maintaining park landscapes."
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Attempting Restoration on the Angeles National Forest: Presentation

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA.

Follow the restoration process in this step-by-step, highly visual story from the Angeles National Forest. This post-fire restoration story discusses challenges including invasive species, environmental conditions, and more. 

Presenter: Katie VinZant, USFS Botanist.
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Forest ecosystem health & aspen restoration: Presentation PDF

Presented at the Aspen Restoration and Ecology Workshop, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 2014.
This presentation discusses the active management restoration projects for Aspen in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Issues of resilience, implementation strategies, and multiple resource benefits are highlighted. 

Presenter: Dave Fournier
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Fire regimes of quaking aspen in the mountain west: Presentation PDF

Presented at the Aspen Restoration and Ecology Workshop, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 2014.
The 5 objectives of this presentation are:
1. Provide a brief overview of aspen fire ecology 2. Discuss methods to understand reconstruct fire regimes 3. Synthesize existing research literature that pertains to estimating aspen fire regimes in the Mountain West (U.S.) 4. Suggest a conceptual classification framework for aspen fire regimes in the Mountain West 5. Identify key knowledge gaps and research needs (incl. climate change)

Presenter: Douglas Shinneman
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A Decision Framework for Fire as a Restoration Tool: Research Brief

This journal article provides a decision framework that integrates fire regime components, plant growth form, and survival attributes to predict how plants will respond to fires and how fires can be prescribed to enhance the likelihood of obtaining desired plant responses. 
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What are the issues: Biological Considerations: Presentation PDF

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA. This presentation outlines the basic ecology of chaparral and demonstrates how the disturbances of fire, drought, and freezing (among others) influence this unique ecosystem. 

Presenter: Stephen Davis, Pepperdine University. Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA. 
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The Role of Fire and Fuels Management in Chaparral Restoration: Presentation PDF

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA.  Is there a role for fuels management in chaparral restoration? The trade-offs to this question and recommendations for this answer are explored in this presentation. 

Presenter: Alexandra D. Syphard, Conservation Biology Institute; Tess Brennan and Jon E. Keeley, USGS Western Ecological Research Center.  
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The Feasibility of Chaparral Restoration on Type-converted Slopes: Presentation PDF

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA.

This presentation discusses a project that explores different potential methods for restoring chaparral to an area that was converted for grazing. Methods explored included herbicide, planting seeds or seedlings, and using the available seed bank. 

Presenters: Megan Engel and Kimberly Williams, Cal State University San Bernadino.  
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Shrubland & woodland restoration in Spain and the Mediterranean: Presentation PDF

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA.

Available ecological restoration technology allows for reintroducing native plants and recovery of critical ecosystem functions for many Mediterranean lands. These tools and their pros and cons are discussed in this presentation.

Presenters: V. Ramón Vallejo & J.A. Alloza, University of Barcelona & CEAM-Valencia. 
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Restoration of Riversidean Sage Scrub: Presentation PDF

This presentation reports findings from a restoration project of Sage Scrub. The projects objective was to assess potential for long-term restoration success of Riversidean sage scrub (or inland SS) invaded by exotic annual grasses and forbs, under anthropogenic nitrogen deposition, and subject to frequent fire.

Presenter: Edith B. Allen, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences Center for Conservation Biology. 
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Monitoring techniques and lessons from the Mediterranean: Presentation PDF

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA. This presentation uses examples of post-fire monitoring in the Mediterranean to demonstrate an effective monitoring process and presents recommendations for similar projects. 

Presenter: V. Ramón Vallejo & J.A. Alloza, University of Barcelona & CEAM-Valencia. 
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Genetic Considerations for Restoring Chaparral: Presentation PDF

Presentation from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop in Arcadia, CA. Consideration of native plant genetics is a cornerstone to managing biodiversity in a number of projects. This presentation discussed 4 major genetic considerations to review before making planting decisions. 

Presenter: Arlee M. Montalvo Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District.  

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