The Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program Database (CPNPP)


Project #: 508335  –   Updated: December 07, 2016


Andrea Kramer. 2012-2016. PINE RIDGE FIRE: NATIVE WINNER SEEDING TRIALS. Chicago Botanic Garden. With support from the Bureau of Land Management Plant Conservation Program.

Project Summary

This research was designed to identify how potential “native winner” species perform in post-fire revegetation conditions where cheatgrass is present, relative to the native species and sources that are currently available. We also tested whether the ratio of grasses to forbs impacts the outcome of revegetation efforts in habitat degraded by cheatgrass. For this, we worked with the BLM Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) following the July 2012 Pine Ridge Fire to establish three study blocks at a site with high percent cheatgrass cover, and monitored percent cover of sown and spontaneous plant species in all blocks in May and September 2013, June 2014, and May 2016. We aimed to identify which of the “native winner” species we sowed are able to germinate, establish, and persist at the site, and compare this with species and sources in the GJFO’s Broad Site seed mix. Ultimately, our goal was to help identify seeding sourcing approaches that can improve the long-term outcomes of revegetation efforts in cheatgrass-degraded habitat.

Project Conclusions

See results in attached document for details on establishment of seeded species over time in our study plots.


Targeted habitats:

    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Shrublands and Steppe

Targeted species:

  • Indian Mountain-ricegrass Achnatherum hymenoides
  • Hoary Tansy-aster Machaeranthera canescens
  • Yellow Spiderflower Cleome lutea
  • Prairie Flax Linum lewisii
  • Sand Dropseed Sporobolus cryptandrus
  • Common Yarrow Achillea millefolium
  • Heliotrope Phacelia Phacelia crenulata
  • Bottlebrush Squirrel-tail Elymus elymoides
  • Red Globemallow Sphaeralcea coccinea
  • Aspen Fleabane Erigeron speciosus
  • Sulphur-flower Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum
  • Western Wheatgrass Pascopyrum smithii
  • Dusty Beardtongue Penstemon comarrhenus
  • Woolly Plantain Plantago patagonica
  • Curly Bluegrass Poa secunda
  • Pinnate Tansy-mustard Descurainia pinnata
  • Common Sunflower Helianthus annuus
  • White-stem Stickleaf Mentzelia albicaulis
  • Hairy False Goldenaster Heterotheca villosa

Study Type

Post-fire revegetation seeding trials

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
3 study blocks established Yes

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Chicago Botanic Garden
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Andrea Kramer  (Conservation Scientist - Restoration Ecology)
Chicago Botanic Garden
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  • Nikki Grant-Hoffman and Anna Lincoln, at BLM Grand Junction Field Office
  • Jim Garner at Uncompahgre Project
  • Paul Krabacher at BLM Seed Warehouse
  • Ken Holsinger at BLM Montrose Field Office
  • Wayne Padgett at Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program

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