Stansbury Site

Location: Tooele County, UT, east of Skull Valley Road ~35 miles from Grantsville, UT
Land Management Agency: USDA Forest Service, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
SageSTEP Site Manager: Maggie Gray
Plots: Four 12.5-acre core plots (Control, Burn, Mechanical, Bull Hog™)
Elevation: 5600-6000 ft
Topography: 8-30% slopes, primarily W aspect
Common Vegetation: Utah Juniper, mountain big sagebrush, antelope bitterbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass
Soils: Very gravelly loam
Fire Regime: Historically ranging from 20 to >100 years. Woodland invasion suggests that the majority of these communities have not burned since the late 1800s. As woodlands gain dominance, the fire regime shifts to infrequent, high-intensity fires.
Representative Land Base: Several million acres in western UT, northeastern NV, and southern ID
Grazing: Grazing began near plots in 2017, and so all plots were fenced in 2018, to eliminate grazing effects.
Treatments Implemented: Fall 2007. For more information about treatments, click here.
Wildfire Activity: All Stansbury plots burned completely in July 2009, but site will continue to be monitored for wildfire effects

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

© Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP)
Site Designed by Kite Media