Contact: Liza Lester
Ecological Society of America
Caption: A sea of non-native crested wheatgrass (left) fills the path of the Poison Creek fire, which burned on the remote Owyhee High Plateau, tucked into the southwest corner of Idaho, in 1996. Nearly two decades later, in 2011, an abrupt transition to healthy sagebrush still marks the edge of the fire. The Jarbidge Mountains sit on the horizon.
Credit: Robert Arkle
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