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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: REDUCING THE IMPACT OF INVASIVE WEEDS IN NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS RANGELANDS THROUGH BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AND COMMUNITY RESTORATION

Location: Pest Management Research Unit

Title: Choosing a reclamation seed mix to maintain rangelands during energy development in the Bakken Rangelands

Author
item Espeland, Erin

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 25, 2013
Publication Date: February 1, 2014
Repository URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/58854
Citation: Espeland, E.K. 2014. Choosing a reclamation seed mix to maintain rangelands during energy development in the Bakken Rangelands. Rangelands. 36(1):25–28.

Interpretive Summary: Pipelines across the eastern Montana- western North Dakota portion of the northern Great Plains, known as the Bakken, are proliferating due to continuing oil and gas development. Pipelines are linear disturbances that are reclaimed after construction, and they impact a large number of livestock producers. While livestock are usually removed from pastures during the construction phase, proper reclamation and revegetation paired with informed grazing management may return pastures to use quickly and profitably. Research is needed to determine how the simultaneous seeding of an annual cover crop with desired perennial grasses can enhance livestock production while ensuring the success of perennial grass forage species.

Technical Abstract: Pipelines across the eastern Montana- western North Dakota portion of the northern Great Plains are proliferating due to continuing oil and gas development. Pipelines are linear disturbances reclaimed after construction, and they impact a large number of livestock producers. While livestock are usually removed from pastures during the construction phase, proper reclamation and revegetation paired with informed grazing management may return pastures to use quickly and profitably. Research is needed to determine how the simultaneous seeding of an annual cover crop with desired perennial grasses can enhance livestock production while ensuring the success of perennial grass forage species.

Last Modified: 11/23/2014
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