West Box Elder - Utah CBCP

    West Box Elder

    Please note: the Box Elder Adaptive Resource Management (BARM) group is now part of the West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management (WBECRM) group.

    Meetings

    • Next Meeting: September 19, 2017, beginning at 6 PM at the Park Valley School.  
    • Webcast locations available upon request. Contact Diane Tanner for more information at:  wboxwatershed@gmail.com

    To be placed on mailing list and or for specific meeting location and times please contact: Dave Dahlgren at dave.dahlgren@usu.edu

     

    Conservation Plan


    West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Plan, January 2013

    Reports


    • Cook, A.A., T.A. Messmer, and M.R. Guttery. 2017. Greater Sage-grouse Use of Mechanical Conifer Reduction Treatments in Northwest Utah.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:27-33  
    • Sandford, C.P., M.T. Kohl, T.A. Messmer, D.K. Dahlgren, A.Cook, and B.R. Wing.  2017. Greater Sage-grouse Resource Selection Drives Reproductive Fitness Under a Conifer Removal Strategy.  Rangeland Ecology & Management 70(1):59-67.  
    • 2016 Accomplishment Report, West Box Elder Section, entire LWG report
    • Small, Justin R. and Terry A. Messmer. 2016. Greater Sage-grouse responses to pinyon-juniper removal: mitigating resistance in an anthropogenic altered landscape. 2016 Annual Report.
    • Sandford, Charles P. 2016. Greater Sage-Grouse Vital Rate and Habitat Use Response to Landscape Scale Habitat Manipulations and Vegetation Micro-Sites in Northwestern Utah. M.S. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan.
    • 2015 Accomplishment Report, West Box Elder section
    • Charles Sandford. 2015 Annual Report. Effects of Pinyon Juniper Removal on Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Habitat-use and Vital Ranges in Northwestern Utah.
    • Sandford, C., D. Dahlgren, and T. Messmer. 2015. Sage-grouse Nests in an Active Conifer Mastication Site. The Prairie Naturalist 47:115-116. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Dahlgren/publications
    • Avery Cook, 2015. Greater Sage-grouse Seasonal Habitat Models, Response to Juniper Reduction and Effects of Capture Behavior on Vital Rates in Northwest Utah. M.S. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan.
    • Thesis defense presentation by Avery Cook, 2015. Greater Sage-grouse Seasonal Habitat Models, Response to Juniper Reduction and Effects of Capture Behavior on Vital Rates in Northwestern Utah.
    • Charles Sandford and Terry Messmer. 2014. Effects of Pinyon Juniper Removal on Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Habitat-use and Vital Rates in Northwestern Utah. 2014 Annual Report.
    • Brian Wing, 2014. The Role of Vegetation Structure, Composition, and Nutrition in Greater Sage-Grouse Ecology in Northwestern Utah. Master's Thesis, Utah State University, Logan, UT.
    • 2014 Accomplishment Report, West Box Elder CRM section
    • 2013 Public Lands Foundation Award given to West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Group.
    • Graham, Stephanie E. 2013. Greater sage-grouse habitat selection and use patterns in response to vegetation management practices in northwestern Utah. M.S. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan.
    • Avery Cook, Brian Wing, and Terry Messmer. 2013 Annual Report.Demography, Vital Rates, Habitat-Use, and Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-Grouse in the Raft River Subunit Management Area,West Box Elder County, Utah - Phase 2.WRI Project ID 2192.
    • 2012 West Box Elder CRM Sage-grouse Accomplishment Report
    • Eric Thacker, D.R. Gardner, T.A. Messmer, M.R. Guttery, and D.K. Dahlgren. 2012. Using Gas Chromatography to Determine Winter Diets of Greater Sage-grouse in Utah. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:588-592.
    • Stephanie Graham, Todd Black, and Terry Messmer. 2012 Annual Report.Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) habitat selection and use patterns in response to vegetation management practices inWestern Box Elder County, Utah.
    • Avery Cook, Brian Wing, Todd Black, and Terry A. Messmer. 2012 Annual Report. Demography, Vital Rates, Habitat-Use, and Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-Grouse in the Ruby Pipeline HUC 8 Watershed: Phase 1. WRI Project ID: 2119
    • Planning priorities June 19, 2012 Presentation and Tables
    • Plan Inventory Analysis Update given April 17, 2012.
    • Noxious Weed Plan, February 2012 by Box Elder County Weed Department.
    • Key Principles of Grazing Management, February 2012 by UGIP Technical Committee.
    • 2011 Accomplishment Report, BARM section
    • Stephanie Graham. 2011. Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) habitat selection and use patterns in response to vegetation management practices in Western Box Elder County, Utah. Annual report of research.
    • 2011 Presentation to County Commission
    • Stephanie Graham. 2011. Mitigating threats to Greater sage-grouse through shrub-steppe habitat manipulations. Presentation given at the USU Wildland Resources Graduate Student Symposium.
    • 2010 Accomplishment Report; BARM section
    • Thesis by Ron Greer (2010) Ecology and Seasonal Habitat Use Patterns of Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse in Northern Utah. Utah State University.
    • Dissertation by Eric T. Thacker (2010) Greater Sage-grouse Seasonal Ecology and Responses to Habitat Manipulations in Northern Utah. Utah State University.
    • 2008 BARM Annual Report of USU Research Studies
    • 2008 BARM Accomplishment Report; BARM section
    • 2006-7 Accomplishment Report; BARM section
    • 2007 BARM Annual Report of USU Research Studies
    • Thesis by Jan S. Knerr (2007) Greater Sage-Grouse Ecology in Western Box Elder County, Utah. Utah State University.

    Minutes:

    2015 Notes from the field: April 2015, May 2015, June 2015

    Flagship Project

    Demography, Vital Rates, Habitat-use and Seasonal Movements of Greater Sage-Grouse in NW Utah

    This project seeks to answer questions on the demography, vital rates, habitat-use, and seasonal movements of sage-grouse in the Raft River subunit of the Box Elder Local Working Group area. The Raft River subunit roughly encompasses the area from Park Valley North to the Idaho border. The focus is on sage-grouse relationships to vegetation treatments (chemical, mechanical or fire-altered habitat), and investigation of diet components.Specifically, we will be determining forbs species that are important to pre-laying hens and hatched broods, and determining if those forbs are more prevalent in areas where sagebrush has been thinned. The ecological knowledge gained, especially knowledge specific to the population in question, will allow management actions to be applied effectively and efficiently to benefit both sage-grouse and forage quality and quantity.

    To answer questions about the ecology of sage-grouse in the Park Valley area, we will be trapping and installing radio collars on sage-grouse. We will follow these radio tagged birds over the following summer and winter to record year to year survival, breeding success, habitat use and seasonal movements.We will also be counting grouse pellets to compare areas that have undergone vegetation treatments in the past to areas that have unaltered sagebrush habitat to determine the effects on sage-grouse habitat use.

    This project will fill knowledge gaps outlined in the Box Elder Greater Sage-grouse Local Conservation Plan that have been identified as critical for implementing effective management strategies to increase populations of Sage-grouse in the management area. This study will also provide critical information on the effects of past habitat treatments on Sage-grouse to inform future planning decisions on the best practices for habitat improvement.

    Biography

    Justin Smallis a graduate student at Utah State University working on completing a M.S. in Wildlife Biology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Washington State University in May of 2013. Prior to returning to college, Justin managed several large scale projects in both the private and public sector. First, he worked for the Water Resource Department of the Turlock Irrigation District in Northern California as a compliance field technician and helped implement a state grant program called the Tail-Water Run-Off Initiative. He was personally involved in organizing and scheduling meetings with landowners, handling conflicts or disagreements over compliance issues, and overseeing the compliance construction progress. Next, he managed several large scale residential housing projects in both Wyoming and California. After graduation, Justin worked for the University of Idaho in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conservation Service traveling throughout the state of Idaho conducting vegetation trend monitoring and inventory on federal, state and private rangelands. Most recently, Justin worked for Northwest Management, Inc. as a forester/environmental consultant/wildland firefighter on private, tribal, state and federal lands. Justin is an avid outdoorsman that loves hunting, fishing, backpacking and exploring wild places with his wife and three children. He is interested in animal behavioral ecology and human- wildlife conflict mitigation. Justin is looking forward to working with private landowners of the Box Elder County SMGA. Justin can be reached at wildoutdoors@live.com

    Photo of Justin Small
    photo of Charles Sandford

    Charles (Charlie) Sandford recently graduated from the Wildland Resources Department at Utah State University with a Master’s in Wildlife Biology. He graduated from New Mexico State University, with a Bachelor’s in Wildlife Management and a minor in Range Science in 2012. He has worked as a wildlife technician with the BLM for 2 years in New Mexico, the USFS in Montana, and most recently on a sage-grouse research project with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. He has also worked as a wildland firefighter, and as a ranch-hand in central Montana. He is interested in population ecology, as well as large scale habitat management and conservation to meet the needs of both wildlife and livestock. Charlie was researching the vital rate response of sage-grouse to juniper encroachment and removal. Charlie can be reached at nmsuchuckles@gmail.com.