Plants and Plants Communities

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  1. Article by Susan Ballinger, Shrub-steppe Plant Adaptations
  2. Article by Susan Ballinger, In Appreciation of Sagebrush
  3. Article by Susan Ballinger The Amazing Tale of Sagebrush Galls.
  4. Plants of the Shrub-steppe.  Susan Ballinger and Julie Sanderson’s introductory presentation about our local shrub-steppe ecosystem and its plant communities.
  5. common-shrub-steppe-shrubs Common Shrubs of Shrub-steppe Ecosystems.  Susan Ballinger’s photo field identification guide with a focus on key ID features.
  6. Pocket Guide to Sagebrush An illustrated identification guide to the 18 species of sagebrush native to the Western U.S .
  7. Shrub-steppe Species Cards. Artist-created life history mini-cards for common shrub-steppe plants and animals of North Central Washington
  8. What About Sagebrush? Resource Card Background Information.  Pacific NW National Laboratory.
  9. What About Bunchgrass? Resource Card Background Information.  Pacific NW National Laboratory
  10. What About Lupine? Resource Card Background Information. Pacific NW National Laboratory.
  11. Poster: Conserve Our Western Roots  Healthy soil literally provides the foundation for all life in the sagebrush ecosystem. Diverse native plants put down roots that protect our precious soils, help the land retain water, and support critical ecological functions and resilient landscapes.
  12. Eastern Washington’s Living Biological Soil Crust. Biological soil crusts are the community of organisms living at the surface of desert soils. Major components are cyanobacteria, green algae, microfungi, mosses, liverworts and lichens.
  13. A Field Guide to Biological Soil Crusts of Western U.S. Drylands Common Lichens and Bryophytes
  14. a summary paper about the ecology of big sagebrush that highlights the many other species that depend upon it.  A USFS Publication by Bruce L. Welch, plant physiologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Shrub Sciences Laboratory, 735 N. 500 E., Provo, Utah 84606.  Read a PDF here: Big sagebrush ecology summary paper USFS