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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Development of a Decision-support System for the Ecologically-based Management of Cheatgrass- and Medusahead-infested Rangeland

Location: Range and Meadow Forage Management Research

Title: Directing succession using grazing in an EBIPM program

Author
item Smith, Brenda

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 25, 2011
Publication Date: February 2, 2012
Citation: Smith, B.S. 2012. Directing succession using grazing in an EBIPM program [abstract]. 65th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts. Paper No. 0005.

Technical Abstract: Invasion of rangeland by annual grasses has become one of the most serious and catastrophic problems in the western United States. Annual grasses displace desired plants and create monocultures that do not provide adequate plant cover for the entire year. Using the ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) framework is a dynamic planning process to account for the high level of ecological complexity on our rangelands. Grazing is a component of EBIPM and grazing can be used to create open niches for desired species, reduce seed production and controls or prevents annual grasses. Grazing is quite possibly the most critical and useful strategy managers can utilize for invasive species but details on how exactly to implement grazing in an integrated program and especially for invasive annual grasses are often missing in management guidelines. This guideline offers information to 1) gain understanding of the value of grazing as a management tool, 2)understand how grazing fits into the ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) system, 3)offer specifics about the principles of grazing annual grasses, 4)recognize distinct management goals and their associated grazing strategies, and 5)offer examples of annual grass grazing programs.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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