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Removal of perennial herbaceous species affects response of cold desert scrublands to fire

Author(s): Jeanne C. Chambers, David Board, Bruce A. Roundy, Peter J. Weisberg
Year Published: 2017
Description:

Two of the primary global change factors that threaten shrublands worldwide are loss of native perennial herbaceous species due to inappropriate livestock grazing and loss of native shrubs due to altered fire regimes.We asked: (1) how do the separate and interacting effects of removal of perennial herbaceous species and burning influence relative abundance of plant functional groups over longer time frames; and (2) how do interactions between perennial herbaceous species removal and burning differ along environmental gradients? We discuss implications of our findings for ecosystem resilience to these disturbances.

Citation: Chambers JC, Board DI, Roundy BA, Weisberg PJ. 2017. Removal of perennial herbaceous species affects response of cold desert scrublands to fire. Journal of Vegetation Science, 10p. Doi: 10.1111/jvs.12548
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Invasive Species, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 16529
FRAMES RCS number: 24509
Record updated: May 24, 2018