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The response of Thurber's needlegrass to fall prescribed burning

Author(s): Kirk W. Davies, Jonathan D. Bates
Year Published: 2008

Thurber's needlegrass (Achnatherum thurberianum [Piper] Barkworth) is an important component of many sagebrush communities in the Intermountain West. Prescribed fall burning is often implemented in sagebrush plant communities to mimic historic wildfires, improve wildlife habitat, and increase livestock forage production. Burning is used because it shifts dominance from sagebrush to herbaceous vegetation. The effects of prescribed fall burning on Thurber's needlegrass are largely unexplored.The purpose of this study was to determine the response of Thurber's needlegrass to prescribed fall burning.

Citation: Davies, Kirk W.; Bates, Jonathan D. 2008. The response of Thurber's needlegrass to fall prescribed burning. Rangeland Ecology & Management. 61(2): 188-193.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): Sagebrush steppe, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 11454
FRAMES RCS number: 10640
Record updated: Mar 20, 2018