Kori Blankenship

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The Nature Conservancy
1575 NW Elgin Avenue
Bend , OR 97701, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Comparing Locally Derived and LANDFIRE Geo-Layers in the Great Basin, USA
Pages: 126-127
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0502126

Locally derived maps of pre-European settlement vegetation patterns (Biophysical Setting-BpS) and Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC) were compared to concomitant products from LANDFIRE for the Wassuk Range in western Nevada, USA. While Biophysical Settings between the two sources matched approximately half of the time, only 2.5 % of the area matched both FRCC and BpS simultaneously. The poor FRCC performance is largely due to undetected and extensive cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) cover, overestimation of perennial native grass in extensive shrublands, and mapping confusion between true pinyon-juniper woodlands and areas where trees have encroached into native shrublands.  [Read More]

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