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Agricultural Research Service

Title: The United States Sheep Experiment Station: Shedding Light on Rangeland Ecosystems and Their Management.

Authors
item Seefeldt, Steven
item Laycock, William - USFS /U OF WY (RETIRED)

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: May 15, 2005
Publication Date: February 1, 2006
Citation: Seefeldt, S. S., Laycock, W. 2006. The United States Sheep Experiment Station: Shedding light on rangeland ecosystems. Rangelands. 28:30-35

Interpretive Summary: A long history of research at the United States Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) provides a foundation for understanding ecosystem processes and the consequences of management practices and disturbance. Research at the USSES, a working sheep station, is focused on how to measure vegetation, what influence climate has on vegetation, what role fire plays in the ecosystem, how exotic weeds invade, and how sheep grazing can be used to improve rangeland ecosystems. Research at the USSES, with its long history of excellent science, is resulting in products that will help scientists and land managers develop science-based strategies that will maintain and improve our rangelands for generations to come.

Technical Abstract: A long history of research at the United States Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) provides a foundation for understanding ecosystem processes and the consequences of management practices and disturbance. Research at the USSES, a working sheep station, is focused on how to measure vegetation, what influence climate has on vegetation, what role fire plays in the ecosystem, how exotic weeds invade, and how sheep grazing can be used to improve rangeland ecosystems. Research at the USSES, with its long history of excellent science, is resulting in products that will help scientists and land managers develop science-based strategies that will maintain and improve our rangelands for generations to come.

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