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In the American West, humans are changing the desert. Grass fires are becoming larger, more frequent and more intense. During 2012 there were multiple large fires burning in deserts and forests across the West. Native desert plants and animals are generally not adapted to fire and are slow to recover … Continue Reading

Virtual Visit

Thanks to Utahecosystems.org, you can take a virtual visit of our Rush Valley and Lytle Ranch research sites. At Rush Valley, west of Utah Lake, researchers began a large-scale study in 2012 to examine the interactions between fire, plant invasions, small mammals, and precipitation. This sagebrush-dominated site has extensive biological soil crusts. After the fire, … Continue Reading