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Effects of succession on species richness of the western juniper woodland/sagebrush steppe mosaic

Author(s): Stephen C. Bunting
Year Published: 1999
Description:

The development of mature juniper woodlands has often been associated with decreases in the herbaceous and shrub components of the community. This study focused on changes in species richness and diversity along a successional gradient at both the community and watershed scale in the Owyhee Mountains in southwestern Idaho. Community species richness was relatively constant across the sere. Community species diversity changed as species became less equitably distributed when juniper dominated the site in the later stages of succession. Landscape-scale species richness is predicted to be greatest when all successional stages are represented in the watershed.

Citation: Bunting, Stephen C.; Kingery, James L.; Strand, Eva. 1999. Effects of succession on species richness of the western juniper woodland/sagebrush steppe mosaic. In: Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard. comps. Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the Interior West; 1997 September 15-18; Provo, UT. Proceedings RMRS-P-9. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 76-81.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): Juniper woodland, Sagebrush steppe
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 12106
FRAMES RCS number: 13662
Record updated: Sep 8, 2017