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Effect of burn season and grazing deferment on mountain big sagebrush plant communities

posted on 2024-02-20, 15:49 authored by Hailey WilmerHailey Wilmer, Devan A. McGranahan, Corey A. Moffet, J. Bret Taylor

Relative species and cover group data from a four-year long replicated experiment comparing the effects of season of fire (spring or fall) and sheep grazing deferment on sagebrush-steppe rangelands in east Idaho, USA. Study conducted by USDA-Agriculture Research Service Range Sheep Production Efficiency Research unit staff at the US Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois, ID. Deferment treatments included either no grazing for one or two growing seasons after fire, or no deferment, in which domestic sheep returned in the season after fire. Data also include species lookup table, precipitation data, and data library.

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource Title: Species Lookup Table File Name: SpeciesListPrint2.csv Resource Description: Species code and cover group code table

  • Resource Title: Data dictionary File Name: DataDictionary_SFF_2023.xlsx Resource Description: Data dictionary for data tables

  • Resource Title: US Sheep Experiment Station Long Term Precipitation Record (inches) File Name: PrecipUSSESInches.csv Resource Description: US Sheep Experiment Station Long Term Precipitation Record (inches). Collected at Station Headquarters near Dubois, Idaho.

  • Resource Title: Relative Cover Data by Species File Name: FoliarCoverSpecies.csv Resource Description: Relative cover data by species (codes). See species lookup table for species names.

  • Resource Title: Relative cover data by cover groups File Name: FoliarCoverGroups.csv Resource Description: Relative foliar cover data summarized by cover type. See species lookup table for species names.


USDA-ARS: 5364-31610-003-00D


Data contact name

Wilmer, Hailey

Data contact email


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Intended use

These vegetation cover and precipitation data are used to understand fire-grazing interactions on sagebrush steppe.

Use limitations

Data are not appropriate to estimate other rangeland outcomes of fire-grazing interactions other than species composition, diversity, rangeland cover.

Temporal Extent Start Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

grazing; Artemisia tridentata; sheep; rangelands; Idaho; range livestock; steppes; public lands; vegetation cover; species diversity; atmospheric precipitation; fire season

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 215

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Wilmer, Hailey; McGranahan, Devan A.; Moffet, Corey A.; Taylor, J. Bret (2023). Effect of burn season and grazing deferment on mountain big sagebrush plant communities. Ag Data Commons.