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Color Country Sagebrush Steppe Restoration

Summary

Characterized by vast acres of sagebrush and pinyon-juniper clad foothills, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Color Country District, located in southern Utah, is home to a variety of species, including greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), antelope (Antilocapra americana), elk (Cervus elaphus), and wild horses (Equus ferus). These species depend on the sagebrush steppe ecosystem historically present in this region. Starting in the late 1800s with the Euroamerican settlement of the west, the sagebrush steppe ecosystem has been rapidly changing into woodlands of western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) and pinyon (Blank and others, 2008). This transition [...]

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Greater Sage Grouse at South Canyon.jpg
“Greater Sage Grouse at South Canyon”
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Removing Encroaching Pinyon and Juniper Stands.jpg
“Removing Encroaching Pinyon and Juniper Stands”
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Greater Sage Grouse at South Canyon
Greater Sage Grouse at South Canyon

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