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Conifer removal improves sage-grouse habitat
The removal of woodlands encroaching on sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin area could improve suitability for greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Researchers ran models to predict the impact of removing conifers associated with pinyon-juniper woodlands. They found that getting rid of these types of trees increased the suitable habitat for sagebrush species like greater sage-grouse by 6% to 17%. The models also helped researchers predict some of the best places to manage vegetation for providing maximum benefits to sagebrush species, without too much loss for pinyon-juniper-associated species. “Our results provide guidance for conducting vegetation management in the Great Basin while addressing the habitat needs for multiple focal species,” the study authors wrote.