What is the Resilient Landscapes Resource List?

In planning and implementing conservation across the sagebrush sea, our partners often find themselves lost in a sea of science and resources. To help our partners access the latest science and tools related to sagebrush, wet meadow, and wetland conservation in the Western U.S., we created a one-stop-shop for these key resources. Use this curated (not exhaustive) list to search and sort resources by region, topic, and resource type to find the resources you need.

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Title Author Year Topic Region State Resource Summary Link
Wildlife Corridors and Route Finder USGS Game Corridors Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This tool allows users to view wildlife corridors and migration routes in the Western U.S.
Wildland Fire Trends Tool USGS 2023 Fire & Fuels Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The Wildland Fire Trends Tool (WFTT) is a data visualization and analysis tool that calculates and displays wildfire trends and patterns for the western U.S. based on user-defined regions of interest, time periods, and ecosystem types.
Wetland Evaluation Tool Intermountain West Joint Venture, WAFWA 2023 Wetlands Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool To understand how wetland drying is affecting the Intermountain West, IWJV researchers are using satellite imagery to monitor the timing and duration of seasonal flooding on both natural and agricultural wetland habitats (the latter being primarily flood-irrigated hay or grain fields flooded postharvest) from the mid-1980’s to the present-day. This data is being shared with our partners through the Wetland Evaluation Tool (WET).
Threat and Resource Mapping Seed Zone Map USFS 2022 Native Plants & Restoration Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This TRM Seed Zone Map allows end-users to view and acquire data on seed zones for use in plant material development, gene conservation and native plant restoration activities. Users can also evaluate seed zones in relation to other map services and wildland threats such as climate change projections or wildfire risk.
Southern Rockies Reforestation Tool USFS 2022 Native Plants & Restoration Southwest Multiple Data Source or Tool The Southern Rockies Reforestation Tool (SRRT) identifies climatically and topographically suitable sites to plant ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings after wildfire in the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA.
Seedlot Selection Tool USFS 2022 Native Plants & Restoration Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a web-based mapping application designed to help natural resource managers match seedlots (seed collections from a known origin) with planting sites based on climatic information.
SageDAT USGS Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool SageDAT is a platform that provides accessible data and tools related to sagebrush ecosystems and facilitates collaboration between scientists and managers. https://sagedat.org/
Sagebrush Ecosystem Data Viewer USGS 2022 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool Use the Sagebrush Ecosystem Data viewer to view over 50 datasets included in the SageDAT data sharing platform.
Sagebrush Conservation Efforts Database USGS & USFWS 2023 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The Conservation Efforts Database Sagebrush Module is designed to capture any action or effort related to the conservation, enhancement, or restoration of sagebrush habitats or activities that benefit the sagebrush species.
Sagebrush Biome SHC Layer Visualizations Interactive Map USFWS 2023 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This tool allows visualization of a variety of sagebrush-related data products, including those related to the Sagebrush Conservation Design, invasive annual grass estimates, tree cover, core areas for priority bird species, etc.
Sage Grouse Initiative Interactive Web Application Sage Grouse Initiative 2022 Sage-grouse Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This web map application for the NRCS-funded Sage Grouse Initiative visualizes, distributes, and interactively analyzes spatial data produced by the SGI’s science team. Additional information on the data available in the map can be found here: https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/sgi-map-description-and-instructions/
Resilient Land Mapping Tool The Nature Conservancy 2022 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This tool created by the Nature Conservancy maps resilient lands, lands with microclimatic diversity and low levels of human modification provide species with connected, diverse climatic conditions they will need to persist and adapt to changing regional climates.
Rangeland Condition, MonItoring, Assessment, and Projection Data Viewer USGS Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool View USGS RCMAP data, including percent cover of shrubs, sagebrush, bare ground, herbaceous species, and litter and change in these components over time.
Rangeland Condition, MonItoring, Assessment, and Projection Data Download USGS Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool Download USGS RCMAP data products, including percent cover of shrubs, sagebrush, bare ground, herbaceous species, and litter and change in these components over time.
Rangeland Analysis Platform NRCS, BLM, University of Montana 2021 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool Fast, powerful, and free, the Rangeland Analysis Platform is an innovative online tool that quickly visualizes and analyzes vegetation data for the western US. Use the app to examine trends at the pasture, ranch, watershed, or county scale. Datasets include: continuous vegetation cover, annual and 16-day aboveground biomass.
Oregon Explorer Maps & Tools Institute for Natural Resources Sagebrush Ecosystem Great Basin Oregon Data Source or Tool A list of tools for mapping, data viewing, and tracking in Oregon. Examples include Wildlifre Risk Explorer Map, SageCon Landscape Planning Tool, and Biodiversity Map Viewer.
Landscape Explorer NRCS Working Lands For Wildlife 2023 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool Explore past and present landscapes from the Great Plains to the Pacific coast. This easy-to-use map uses historic and current aerial imagery to highlight how our landscapes have changed since the mid-20th century and how we can conserve our natural heritage.
LANDFIRE USDA & DOI Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This multi-partner program produces consistent, comprehensive, geospatial data and databases that describe vegetation, wildland fuel, and fire regimes across the United States and insular areas.
Land Treatment Exploration Tool USGS Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool To assist land managers with the rangeland restoration and/or rehabilitation planning process, this tool assembles for a given site past treatments from the Land Treatment Digital Library and wildfires and allows users to identify past treatments that most closely match your planned treatment area based on climate and topography indices.
Land Treatment Digital Library BLM & USGS Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL) catalogs legacy land treatment information on Bureau of Land Management lands in the western United States.
Invasive Annual Grass Spatial Dataset Compilation and Synthesis USGS 2022 Invasive Annual Grasses Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The USGS and partners provides guidance on spatial datasets that describe measurable aspects of invasive annual grasses (e.g., biomass or presence) across the western United Stated and beyond. The products developed through this project provide guidance to practitioners, biologists, and natural resource managers tasked with combating the spread of invasive annual grasses.
Geomorphic Sensitivity and Ecological Resilience of Great Basin Streams and Riparian Ecosystems: A Rapid Assessment Protocol Rocky Mountain Research Station 2022 Riparian & Wet Meadow Restoration Great Basin Multiple Data Source or Tool This protocol provides a multi-scale approach for assessing the sensitivity of streams and resilience of riparian ecosystems, including meadows, in upland watersheds of the Great Basin to disturbances and management actions. The target audience is managers and stakeholders interested in assessing and adaptively managing Great Basin stream systems and riparian and meadow ecosystems.
Fire Effects Information System USFS Fire & Fuels Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This database allows users to find fire effects and fire regime information by species common or scientific name.
Conservation science for flyway connectivity Intermountain West Joint Venture, WAFWA 2021 Wetlands Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool Check out this tool to explore data on Sandhill crane flyway connectivity, identifying key stopovers sites for cranes and wetland resiliency of those sites.
Conservation Efforts Database USFWS & USGS 2022 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The CED is a secure, cloud-based, spatially-enabled tool that can be used to document and track conservation actions across large, multi-jurisdictional landscapes. The tool allows users to upload and view data related to conservation actions, with separate modules for sagebrush, cutthroat trout, and Gunnison Sage-grouse.
Climate Smart Restoration Tool USFS 2022 Native Plants & Restoration Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool The Climate Smart Restoration Tool (CSRT) was developed to provide information on seed collection and transfer of native plants. The CSRT maps current and future seed transfer limits for plant species with or without genetic information using climate data generating from ClimateNA
Climate Engine Climate Engine 2023 Sagebrush Ecosystem Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool Climate Engine provides a user-friendly interface to view and analyze climate and vegetation data, including Landsat data, Rangeland Analysis Platform data, TerraClimate data, and more. Simple analysis can be done and exported.
Burn Severity Portal USFS & USGS 2021 Fire & Fuels Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This interagency burn severity portal provides comprehensive access to federal burn severity data. Information about the various burn severity mapping programs and access to current and historical data products are provided.
BLM Wildfire Risk Assessment Story Map BLM Fire & Fuels Rangewide Multiple Data Source or Tool This ESRI Story Map provides a summary of the methodology, data layer inputs, and data processing techniques used in the BLM Wildfire Risk Assessment. It is intended to be used as a communication tool internally within the BLM and externally with the public.
Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool Utah State University Riparian & Wet Meadow Restoration Rangewide Other Data Source or Tool The Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT) is planning tool intended to help researchers, restoration practitioners and resource managers assess the potential for beaver as a stream conservation and restoration agent over large regions and watersheds.
Working Science for Working Landscapes: Valuing Private Land and Seasonal Water Availability in Wetland Conservation Efforts Intermountain West Joint Venture, WAFWA 2021 Wetlands Rangewide Multiple Factsheet Learn how conservation efforts on private lands adjacent to Wildlife Refuges in the Southern Oregon and Northeastern California (SONEC) region provide critical habitat for water birds.
Vulnerable, Valuable, Variable: Science-Based Assessments of Riparian and Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems Rocky Mountain Research Station 2020 Wetlands Rangewide Multiple Factsheet In this Science You Can Use (In 5 Minutes) factsheet, learn about how Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are working together with the Intermountain Region and National Forests to identify drivers, identify stressors, and evaluate current conditions of riparian and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.
Threat-Based Land Management in the Northern Great Basin: A Field Guide Johnson et al. 2019 Sagebrush Ecosystem Great Basin Multiple Factsheet This field guide to threat-based land management in the Northern Great Basin presents a simplified framework to help land managers assess and monitor these threats at large scales.
The Shape of Streams to Come: New decision tools for assessing watershed sensitivity and ecological resilience in the Great Basin Rocky Mountain Research Station 2022 Riparian & Wet Meadow Restoration Great Basin Multiple Factsheet In this Science You Can Use Bulletin from the RMRS, learn about a new decision tool for assessing watershed sensitivty an decological resilience in the Great Basin.
The Green Glacier: What Is Conifer Encroachment and Why Is It Bad? Sage Grouse Initiative 2021 Conifer Expansion & Removal Rangewide Multiple Factsheet In this SGI Ask an Expert, learn from NRCS sagebrush ecosystem specialist Jeremy Maestas about conifer encroachment. This is a great resource to share with the public or interersted patners to provide science-based information on this topic.
The Call of the Cranes: What Sandhill Crane Migration Can Tell Us About Water Availability in the West Intermountain West Joint Venture, WAFWA 2021 Wetlands Rangewide Multiple Factsheet Learn how new IWJV science identifies the landscapes that are most important for Sandhill Crane migration and the conservation practices that can conserve them.
Science You Can Use: The Shape of Streams to Come: New decision tools for assessing watershed sensitivity and ecological resilience in the Great Basin Rocky Mountain Research Station 2022 Riparian & Wet Meadow Restoration Great Basin Multiple Factsheet This Science You Can Use Bulletin features a multiscale approach to help land managers rapidly assess watersheds and categorize them based on resilience and sensitivity to disturbance. The framework is intended to help managers determine and prioritize where management actions are most likely to be successful.
Science You Can Use: The Rapidly Vanishing Pinyon Jays: Understanding their HabItat Use May Be the Key To Saving Them Rocky Mountain Research Station 2021 Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science You Can Use Factsheet addresses recent science on why pinyon jays, a woodland-obligate species throughout the West, is declining so rapidly despite widespread increase in their habitat.
Science You Can Use: Getting More Fire on the Ground: Landscape-Scale Prescribed Burning Supported by Science Rocky Mountain Research Station 2022 Fire & Fuels Rangewide Multiple Factsheet Prescribed fire can restore fire’s ecological role, and it increases the likelihood that fuels treatments will slow large wildfires and reduce their severity. This Science You Can Use Bulletin explores how the addition of fire in western landscapes can be successfully complemented with other tools and treatments to promote forests that are more resilient to future disturbance.
Science You Can Use: Can Fuel Treatments Change How a Wildfire Burns Across a Landscape? Rocky Mountain Research Station 2023 Fire & Fuels Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science You Can Use Bulletic covers research led by Rocky Mountain Research Station forester Theresa Jain with in collaboration with others to synthesize existing scientific literature on landscape-scale fuel treatment effectiveness in North American ecosystems through a systematic literature review.
Science You Can Use: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Understanding and Managing Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands in a Changing Climate Rocky Mountain Research Station 2021 Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This factsheet provides an overview of the ecology, history, and hydrology of semiarid woodland ecosystems, addresses threats to these systems, and providessome management considerations.
Science You Can Use: Balancing Bird Habitat and Conifer Removal in the Great Basin Rocky Mountain Research Station 2022 Conifer Expansion & Removal Great Basin Multiple Factsheet This Science You Can Use in 5 MInutes covers research led by Dr. Katherine Zeller on balancing conifer removal treatments for sage-grouse with habitat needs for other bird species. This research provides maps that managers can use to inform work on-the-ground.
Science To Solutions: Wildfire and Cheatgrass: New Science Helps Reduce Threats To Sage Grouse Sage Grouse Initiative 2014 Conifer Expansion & Removal Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science to Solutions factsheet reviews a new strategy helps land managers reduce impacts from two of the most daunting challenges facing sage grouse: the threat of large-scale wildfires and invasion of exotic annual grasses like cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) that can transform large expanses of sagebrush habitat into nonnative grasslands.
Science To Solutions: Sagebrush Songbirds Under the Sage Grouse Umbrella Sage Grouse Initiative 2016 Conifer Expansion & Removal Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science to Solutions factsheet reviews research examined whether benefits from sage grouse conservation extend to three species of sagebrush songbirds: Brewer’s sparrow, sagebrush sparrow and sage thrasher.
Science To Solutions: Sagebrush Rangelands Help Maintain Water AvailabilIty Sage Grouse Initiative 2017 Conifer Expansion & Removal Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science to Solutions factsheet reviews research demonstrating that removing encroaching conifer stands from sagebrush ecosystems can increase late season water retention in western rangelands by holding snow longer in the spring.
Science To Solutions: Private Lands VItal To Conserving Wet Areas Sage Grouse Initiative 2014 Wetlands Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science to Solutions factsheet reviews science demonstrating the importance of private lands to Sage-grouse conservation.
Science To Solutions: Conifer Removal Restores Sage Grouse HabItat Sage Grouse Initiative Conifer Expansion & Removal Rangewide Multiple Factsheet This Science to Solutions factsheet reviews key science on how targeted removal of encroaching conifers improves sage-grouse habitat.