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In the fall of 2004 NWRC conducted a prescribed-fire at the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and private-land owners.  This was the second prescribed fire in a series that will return upper-elevation mountain-sagebrush communities to a more natural 25-year fire cycle.  NWRC is conducting research on prescribed fire effects on the water balance, sediment and erosion, vegetation response, invasive-juniper control, fuels management and pre- and post-fire grazing management. 

 

In July 2004, NWRC conducted a tour of remote field locations in Owyhee County, Idaho to identify watersheds to include in a juniper hydrology study.  NWRC, in cooperation with the ARS rangeland research unit in Burns, Bureau of Land Management, and private-land owners instrumented a series of 2-300 acre watersheds to monitor juniper effects on hydrologic and vegetative processes.  These watersheds will be monitored for 15-20 years to document juniper effects on timing and amount of streamflow and vegetation recovery following juniper control.

 

In July 2004 NWRC hosted a tour of the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed for 18 staff members from The Nature Conservancy.  The TNC staff members were attending a meeting in Boise to coordinate fire-research and management of TNC land holdings and requested a tour of the NWRC prescribed-fire program.  The tour visited the site of a previous NWRC fire study and discussed NWRC research in invasive weeds, wild and prescribed fire, and water quality.

 

 



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