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20Mojave Desert Fire Ecology Workshop 2013

Presentations and photos from the 2013 Mojave Desert Fire Ecology Workshop are now available. Follow the link to see the powerpoint presentations, photos, and videos presented at the April workshop at Lytle Ranch. If you have questions about the presentations, see our collaborators link to reach many of the workshop participants.

Mojave Desert Fire Ecology Workshop; April 16-17, 2013 @ Lytle Ranch Preserve
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

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See below for driving directions from St. George.


Background:  The emergence of invasive grass-fire cycles is changing the frequency, size and intensity of desert wildfires.  Expansive fires have the potential to destabilize desert ecosystems as native desert biota are poorly adapted to fire and are slow to recover following disturbance.  Efforts to stabilize and begin the process of restoring burned Mojave shrublands have largely been unsuccessful.  Because large-scale fires in deserts appear to be a relatively new phenomenon, its underlying causes and consequences are still poorly understood.  However, current research is providing key insights into how climatic factors, plant invasion, and fire are altering the Mojave Desert ecosystem, while identifying where there are opportunities for mitigation and restoration.


Purpose: The objective of the workshop is to bring researchers and land managers together in a field setting to discuss fire ecology and restoration strategies.  At the core of the workshop will be a series of field trips on the Beaver Dam slope where participants will see first-hand how fire is changing the Mojave Desert landscape.  Participants will visit long-term research study plots to examine contributing factors and consequences of fire in the Mojave Desert.  Inexpensive and simple methods for monitoring post-fire ecosystem stability will be demonstrated as a part of the field trip experience.



Tuesday April 16

Session I: Mojave Desert Fire Ecology

12:30-1:00 Climate change: Rick Gill

1:00-1:30 Fire effects on soil processes and soil crusts:  Zach Aanderud, Larry St. Clair

1:30-2:00 Climate driven invasive grass-fire cycles: Kevin Horn

2:00-2:30 Pollination and plant reproduction in burned Mojave landscapes: Sam St. Clair, Terry Griswold

2:30-3:00 Post-fire animal ecology: Brock McMillan

3:00-5:00 Field Tour of the 2005 Fires: discussion of responses and recovery on BLM land

5:00-6:30 Dinner

6:30-8:00 Field Tour and Discussion: Long-term experimental studies at Lytle Preserve

8:30-9:15 Fireside discussion of the history of the Beaver Dam Wash and Lytle Preserve with Stan Welsh


Session II:  Management and Restoration

7:30-8:00 Breakfast

8:00-8:30 Plant invasions and red brome control: Phil Allen

8:30-9:15 Mojave fire history, fire effects on vegetation and post-fire seeding treatments: Matt Brooks

9:15-9:45 Plant materials: Matt Robbins and Blair Waldron

9:45-10:15 Outplantings: Lindsay Chiquoine

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Landscape Conservation Forecasting: Elaine York, Louis Provencher

11:00-11:30 Post-fire management decision making: Mark Brunson

11:30-12:10 Group discussion: meeting synthesis and next steps

12:10-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Field workshop: Post-fire ecological monitoring

 Note: Discussion leads will take 15-20 minutes to provide background and pose critical questions with the remaining time left for group discussion where all participants are invited to share their insights and perspectives.


Driving Directions:

From St. George:

  1. Head east 0.2 mi
  2. Turn left onto S 400 E 0.1 mi
  3. Turn left onto E 700 S 0.7 mi
  4. Turn right onto S Bluff St 2.1 mi
  5. Slight left onto W Sunset Blvd 4.1 mi
  6. Continue onto E Old US Hwy 91 1.2 mi
  7. Continue onto W Old Hwy 91 5.7 mi
  8. Slight left to stay on W Old Hwy 91 11.8 mi
  9. Turn right onto Lytle Ranch Rd 8.7 mi
  10. Turn right 1.7 mi
  11. Turn right 0.4 mi


Southern Nevada Restoration Team presents Advances in Restoration @ Las Vegas Interagency Office BLM Conference Rooms
Jul 25 @ 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Intended for:  agency staff, cooperators, volunteer organizations, students, other interested partners

Tentative Topics:

  • Tortoise PEP plants and seed increase projects
  • Restoration plant species:   genetic integrity, and weed inhibition
  • Plant salvage:  techniques for improved success
  • Irrigation:  innovative techniques and proven methods
  • Invasive species:  new information and technology
  • Post-fire restoration:  recent research, best practices
  • Climate change:  research, implications for restoration, facilitating habitat shifts
  • Biological soil crusts:  techniques for reintroducing BSCs on restoration sites
  • Drones:  using USGS unmanned aerial vehicles for surveying and monitoring

WebEx Link:

Audio Link:         Call in:  888-790-2388; Pass code:  2972879#

For more information or to RSVP, please contact:

John Jones, Interagency Restoration Coordinator


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