Mechanical removal of vegetation by chainsaw, mastication, discing, or other means can be an effective way to control shrub and tree cover in Great Basin ecosystems. Mechanical treatments are not as heavily regulated as the use of herbicides or prescribed fire; however, it is still important to consider the effect they may have on wildlife, watersheds, and the ecosystem as a whole. The resources listed below are intended to provide a brief introduction to the types of regulations that do exist and other considerations that may be important to the successful implementation of mechanical vegetation treatments.

Forests and Rangelands Tools
This page, produced by the US Departments of Agriculture and the Interior, lists a number of resources relevant to fuels management, including a Forest Operations Equipment Catalog that gives detailed information on the tools used for mechanical treatments (harvesters, mulchers, skidders, etc) and studies on their effectiveness.  Links to documents such as the Woody Biomass Utilization Desk Guide can also be found here.

Memorandum of Understanding on Policy Principles for Woody Biomass Utilization for Restoration and Fuel Treatments On Forests, Woodlands, and Rangelands
The US Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy and the Interior signed this MOU to encourage the utilization of woody biomass byproducts resulting from restoration and fuels treatments.  The MOU gives a brief historical background and lists the principles guiding this policy with examples.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Practice Standard: Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment
This document contains criteria, considerations, plans, and other information that the NRCS has set forth related to grazing and the implementation of mechanical treatments.

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