Great Basin ecosystem

Understanding the broader ecological impacts of PJ removal

Assessing small and large-scale effects on insects, small mammals, herps, birds, and bats

Kevin Shoemaker and Danielle Miles

Thousands of acres of pinyon and juniper woodlands (PJ) will be removed over the next four years to support targeted wildlife populations, notably Greater sage-grouse. We are investigating the effects of PJ removal on insect communities and the bats and reptile species that rely upon them using a rigorous experimental design. Insects can serve as useful indicators of natural disturbances, provide critical pollination services, and represent a major wildlife food resource for many species,…