South Ruby Mountains

South Ruby Mountains Site

Location: Elko County, ~ 40 miles from Wells, NV
Land Management Agency: USDA Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ruby Mountains Ranger District
SageSTEP Site Manager: Neil Frakes
Plots: Three 50-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical)
Elevation: 6500-6700 ft
Topography: 8-31% slopes of varying aspect (N, NW, W, SW, and S)
Common Vegetation: Utah juniper, singleleaf pinyon pine, Wyoming big sagebrush, green rabbitbrush, bitterbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass, Indian ricegrass, needleandthread, long-leaf phlox, mat buckwheat, yellow eyed cryptantha, tailcup lupine, arrowleaf balsamroot, columbia puccoon, blue flax, long-flowered bluebells
Fire Regime: Historical fire return interval of 30-40 years. Woodland invasion and canopy closure have significantly increased the risk of less frequent, catastrophic fire in these communities.
Representative Land Base: Vast acreages in both the High Central and High Calcareous Provinces
Grazing: Plots are located within active grazing allottment and will be fenced for duration of the study.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2008. For more information about treatments, click here.
Wildfire Activity: 50% of Mechanical Plot burned in wildfire 2019.
Unplanned Management Activity: South Ruby control plot was inadvertedly clearcut in spring 2017, but will continue to be monitored in future. A new control plot was established in the summer of 2018, adjacent to the existing mechanical plot.

Updated 2009


Jim McIver
SageSTEP Project Coordinator.
Oregon State University
Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center
PO Box E
Union, Oregon 97883
(541) 562-5396

Lael Gilbert
SageSTEP Outreach Program Coordinator
Utah State University
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5215
(435) 797-8455

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