Comparing Ground Cover Conditions and Greater
Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two
Management Systems

Open Range Consulting...
Total # Of Males on Leks over 17 Yrs on Three Creeks and DLL
600
500

300

Three Creeks (6 leks)
DLL (10 leks)

200
100

2...
Landcover
Juniper

Perennial Grass
Tall Sagebrush
Sagebruhs Acres

300

Acres/Male on Leks (2007)

250
200
150
100
50
0

DLL

Three Creeks

Males/Lek (2007)
45

Males/Lek

...
Percent Cover

% Sagebrush Cover betw 2 Landcover Types

25
20
15
DLL
10

3 Creeks

5
0
Tall Sagebrush

Short Sagebrush

L...
Landsat scale
From Hunnicutt 1992

Early Brood
Nesting

Late Brood

90m

Less heterogeneous

More heterogeneous
Sagebrush Class Comparison (Within 2 Miles of Leks)

80%
Percent of Area Occupied

70%
60%

50%
40%
30%
20%
10%

0%

0%-10...
Males on Leks
Herb

2005

2004

2003

2005

2004

2003

Treatments

10

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

20

2002...
Percent Sagebrush
Coverage

Different Management
Three Creeks
• Mostly Public
• Season Long Grazing
• 6.75 Acres/AUM
DLL
•...
Conclusions
Conclusions
Provide Spatially Explicit Vegetation Maps At All Scales
Population Area, Core Area, Seasonal Habi...
Comparing  Ground Cover Conditions and Greater Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two Management Systems by Gregg Simonds and ...
Comparing  Ground Cover Conditions and Greater Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two Management Systems by Gregg Simonds and ...
Comparing  Ground Cover Conditions and Greater Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two Management Systems by Gregg Simonds and ...
Comparing  Ground Cover Conditions and Greater Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two Management Systems by Gregg Simonds and ...
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Comparing Ground Cover Conditions and Greater Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two Management Systems by Gregg Simonds and Eric Sant, Open Range Consulting

  1. 1. Comparing Ground Cover Conditions and Greater Sage‐Grouse Lek Counts Between Two Management Systems Open Range Consulting Gregg Simonds & Eric Sant October, 2013
  2. 2. Total # Of Males on Leks over 17 Yrs on Three Creeks and DLL 600 500 300 Three Creeks (6 leks) DLL (10 leks) 200 100 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 0 1994 Total Birds 400
  3. 3. Landcover Juniper Perennial Grass Tall Sagebrush
  4. 4. Sagebruhs Acres 300 Acres/Male on Leks (2007) 250 200 150 100 50 0 DLL Three Creeks Males/Lek (2007) 45 Males/Lek 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 DLL Three Creeks
  5. 5. Percent Cover % Sagebrush Cover betw 2 Landcover Types 25 20 15 DLL 10 3 Creeks 5 0 Tall Sagebrush Short Sagebrush Landcover Types
  6. 6. Landsat scale From Hunnicutt 1992 Early Brood Nesting Late Brood 90m Less heterogeneous More heterogeneous
  7. 7. Sagebrush Class Comparison (Within 2 Miles of Leks) 80% Percent of Area Occupied 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 0%-10% 10%-20% 20% and Greater Cover Class DLL Three Creeks
  8. 8. Males on Leks Herb 2005 2004 2003 2005 2004 2003 Treatments 10 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 20 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 0 1995 MALES ON LEKS 60 34 50 32 40 30 28 30 26 24 22 20 % HERBACEOUS COVER Males on Leks & Herbaceous Cover
  9. 9. Percent Sagebrush Coverage Different Management Three Creeks • Mostly Public • Season Long Grazing • 6.75 Acres/AUM DLL • Mostly Private • Mgt.Rest,Treatments • 4.4 Acres/AUM
  10. 10. Conclusions Conclusions Provide Spatially Explicit Vegetation Maps At All Scales Population Area, Core Area, Seasonal Habitats Can Describe Area Functionality Cover, Diversity, Food Can Make Relationships Between Management Action and Habitat Cond Grazing and Treatments Provide Baseline Information and Provide Timely Updates Cheaply For Regional and Local Planning and Mitigation Crediting

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