Enhancing Spatial Heterogeneity of Grazed Landscapes: Implications to the Fire Fuel Matrix and Avian and Insect Communities
23. The intensity of grazing can affect the diversity of the biological community, and the distribution of vegetation following grazing may have direct impacts on the community composition of both insects and birds. Few studies have examined how the spatial distribution of vegetation affects multiple trophic levels simultaneously. We therefore propose to examine how light and moderate grazing in sagebrush-dominated landscapes affects 1) the spatial distribution of vegetation and 2) insect and bird diversity.