[PCA] ARTICLE: USDA-NRCS: Evaluating Plant Materials to Slow the Spread of Wildfires in the West

Park, Margaret E margaret_park at fws.gov
Tue Jun 1 12:19:09 CDT 2021


USDA-NRCS is currently looking into the attributes of certain plants that are native to the Great Basin to be used as a green strip, a type of firebreak, where plants are strategically placed to slow the advancement of a fire.  For example, a recent study<https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/idpmcsr13531.pdf> out of the Aberdeen Plant Materials Center revealed that the native wildflower, curlycup gumweed<https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/DocumentLibrary/plantguide/pdf/pg_grsq.pdf> (Grindelia squarrosa), had better traits for fire suppression and resistance than many of the most used species, such as crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum), Siberian wheatgrass (A. fragile), and Russian wildrye (Psathrostachys juncea)-all non-native to the United States. This information is being used to update technical notes and practice standards in the west.

Link to article: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/plantmaterials/home/?cid=NRCSEPRD1784029
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