pic1 pic2Invasive annual weeds such as cheatgrass and medusahead wildrye have taken over millions of hectares of rangeland in the Great Basin sagebrush steppe.  Restoration of these rangelands is hampered by a generally dry climate and very high annual and seasonal variability in weather.  The purpose of this website is to provide timely and site-specific information about long-term patterns of weather and microsite variability for rangeland restoration planning and management.

Restoration-specific weather and microclimatic information can be used to develop long-term adaptive management strategies for rangeland restoration planning; to evaluate historical weather effects on past restoration-management activities; to understand spatial patterns of ecosystem resilience and resistance to weed invasion; and to put short-term scientific studies into the context of longer-term expectations for weather variability at a given field site.

Future enhancements to this site will include:

  • Educational modules for undergraduate and graduate restoration courses
  • Expansion of weather tools for seasonal forecasting applications
  • Climate-change scenarios for adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • Location-specific Ecological Site Description supplements for restoration planning
  • Weather and climate database support for additional rangeland and natural resource management applications