Spruce Mountain Site

Location: Elko County, ~ 40 miles from Wells, NV
Land Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office
SageSTEP Site Manager: Neil Frakes
Plots: Three 50-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical)
Elevation: 6900-7400 ft
Topography: 3-35% slopes; NE, E, SE, S aspects
Common Vegetation: Utah juniper, singleleaf pinyon pine, curlleaf mountain mahogany, Wyoming big sagebrush, black sagebrush, green rabbitbrush, bitterbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass, Indian ricegrass, needleandthread, long-leaf phlox, mat buckwheat, yellow eyed cryptantha
Soils: Loamy-skeletal, carbonatic, mesic
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
Treatment Schedule: This site was never treated as planned, due to litigation in 2008. All three plots were measured in 2006, and data remain part of database.

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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