Assessing the future core habitats: impacts of climate & climate uncertainty, wildfire and
Oregon and Rangewide
Climate change may substantially alter big sagebrush plant communities, including potential ecological transformations to novel or less productive plan communities within the current sagebrush biome. This project is using an ecological simulation model to quantify future changes in abundance of big sagebrush perennial grasses, and cheatgrass. Results will be integrated into the Sagebrush Conservation Design algorithm to determine where core habitats may be gained or lost under various scenarios in the future.
U.S. Geological Survey, Marshall University, Yale University, Western Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), USGS Southwest Biological Science Center