Western Rural Development Center Rural Connections
Utah State University Extension
Sagebrush rangelands cover millions of acres in the Great Basin including parts of Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. This land provides a variety of important services, including wildlife habitat, clean water, recreation, and economic opportunities; it also serves as the primary forage base for the western livestock industry. Healthy sagebrush rangelands are rapidly being lost due to a variety of factors including severe wildfires, woodland expansion, invasion of non-native species, urban development, and drought. This loss can have significant impacts on those who depend on the land for goods and services.
Olsen, S. 2008. Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP): Restoration Research with Practical Applications. Western Rural Development Center Rural Connections. Spring 2008, Vol. 2 (3):9.