OSU research points to ways to slow wildfires in critical sagebrush rangelands

Trainees in the Bureau of Land Management's Vale District firefighter school get ready for the fire season in 2020. (The Enterprise/FILE)

Nearly 45% of historic sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin – 200,000 square miles of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming – have been lost to invasive plants, grasses and wildfires, according to the federal Bureau of Land Management.

To slow the frequency and severity of such fires, scientists at Oregon State University undertook a 10-year study of the long-term effects of popular fire prevention and mitigation methods to see which ones were successful over many years, and which only had short-term impacts.

In a new report . . .