Trainings & Additional Resources

This page is a collection of additional resources and upcoming or ongoing trainings related to Threat-Based Land Management.


Below is a list of ongoing or upcoming trainings related to Threat-Based Land Management for Uplands or Flowing Systems.

Threat-Based Land Management Course for Rangeland Management Using Google Earth Pro, GIS Online

Private and public land managers across the western sagebrush steppe closely observe how management impacts plant communities. Sometimes these observations are documented while other times they are not. Global Information Systems (GIS), such as Google Earth Pro (GEP) provide a powerful digital mapping platform to allow land managers to track, visualize and share inventoried and monitored data. Maps can serve as effective communication tools and GIS can allow managers to incorporate free extensive remotely sensed data that can aide land managers in rangeland management decisions, such as historic fire layers, soils data and fine fuels information.

Click the button below to access the self-paced course to equip land owners and natural resource professionals with a science-based framework and skills to develop land management plans and virtual maps of lands they manage. The online course will walk learners through principles needed to create effective land management plans using a Threat-based Land Management ecological framework, as well as skills directly related to creating a virtual map of managed land within GEP.

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Additional Resources

For a collection of robust educational resources for sagebrush landscapes, SageSTEP has several compiled bibliographies found at Several of those bibliographies are also listed below. NOTE: the SageSTEP servers are undergoing reorganization, so many of the links may be broken. We will update them as soon as they are back online.

The following resources and compiled bibliographies should be used in conjunction with the field guide and manager’s guide to provide additional background information on key concepts and we encourage individuals to utilize these resources. For ease of use we have hyperlinked the name of each reference to the source. While these do not represent an exhaustive compilation of the relevant literature, these resources should be more than adequate for filling in any background knowledge gaps a reader of this guide may need filled.

Primary Threats:
SageSTEP Threats to Sagebrush Ecosystems
Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Conservation Objectives: Final Report
Saving the sagebrush sea: An ecosystem conservation plan for big sagebrush plant communities

Invasive Annual Grasses
SageSTEP cheatgrass Bibliography
Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management
Field Guide for Managing Cheatgrass in the Southwest

SageSTEP pinyon and Juniper woodlands bibliography
Western Juniper Field Guide: Asking the Right Questions to Select Appropriate Management Actions
Biology, Ecology, and Management of Western Juniper

SageSTEP fire bibliography
A review of fire effects on vegetation and soils in the Great Basin Region: response and ecological site characteristics
Great Basin Ecology
SageSTEP Great Basin bibliography

Wildlife in Sagebrush Ecosystems
SageSTEP wildlife in sagebrush ecosystems bibliography
BLM Greater Sage-grouse bibliography
USFWS Greater Sage-grouse Review
USGS Greater Sage-Grouse: ecology and conservation of a landscape species and its habitats
Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome

State and Transition Modelling in Rangelands
How Rangelands Change Through Time (State and Transition Models) Collection of Relevant Research

Greater Sage grouse Habitat Assessment Framework
BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring
Resistance and Resilience
Using Resilience and Resistance Concepts to Manage Threats to Sagebrush Ecosystems, Gunnison SageGrouse, and Greater Sage-Grouse in Their Eastern Range: A Strategic Multi-Scale Approach
Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome

Ecological Site resources
What are Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs)?
Ecological site information system

Rangeland Monitoring
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring handbook

Sagebrush Steppe Plant functional ecology
SageSTEP Sagebrush Ecosystems and Restoration bibliography

Plant succession and Novel plant communities
Oxford Bibliography of Succession
State-and-Transition Models, Thresholds, and Rangeland Health: A Synthesis of Ecological Concepts and Perspectives
Climate-related range shifts –a global multidimensional synthesis and new research directions

Land Management and Objective Setting
NRCS Rangeland Literature Synthesis: Conservation Benefits of Rangeland Practices: Assessment, Recommendations, and Knowledge Gaps

Management and conservation practices
Sage-grouse Conservation: Linking Practices to Habitat Metrics

See appendices of the above report for a list of collected works on each of the topics below

  • Rangeland Fuels/Fire Risk Management (pages 110-113)
  • Grazing Management (pages 117-119)
  • Seeding Treatment (pages 124-128)
  • Mechanical treatments (Conifer management, shrub reduction, invasive management and wildlife habitat improvement) (pages 135-137)
  • Invasive Annual Grass Management: Herbicide Treatment (pages 141-142)
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