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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Restoring and Managing Great Basin Ecosystems

Location: Range and Meadow Forage Management Research

Title: Revegetating medusahead-invaded sagebrush rangelands in the Intermountain West

Authors
item Davies, Kirk
item Johnson, Dustin -

Submitted to: Natural Resources Conservation Service Western States Area Workshop
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: November 19, 2013
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Citation: Davies, K.W., Johnson, D.D. 2013. Revegetating medusahead-invaded sagebrush rangelands in the Intermountain West. Natural Resources Conservation Service Fact Sheet. 3.

Interpretive Summary: Revegetation of medusahead-invaded rangeland is needed to increase forage production, decrease the risk of wildfires, and improve wildlife habitat. Successful revegetation starts with effective control of medusahead. Prescribed burning followed by a fall application of a pre-emergent herbicide has been demonstrated to effectively control medusahead. Desired vegetation should be seeded one year after pre-emergent herbicide application to reduce herbicide damage to seeded species. Post-seeding management should include spot-spraying medusahead patches in the revegetation project and short-term rest from grazing to allow seeded vegetation to establish.

Technical Abstract: Revegetation of medusahead-invaded rangeland is needed to increase forage production, decrease the risk of wildfires, and improve wildlife habitat. Successful revegetation starts with effective control of medusahead. Prescribed burning followed by a fall application of a pre-emergent herbicide has been demonstrated to effectively control medusahead. Desired vegetation should be seeded one year after pre-emergent herbicide application to reduce herbicide damage to seeded species. Post-seeding management should include spot-spraying medusahead patches in the revegetation project and short-term rest from grazing to allow seeded vegetation to establish.

Last Modified: 12/21/2014
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