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Research Project: Development of Ecological Strategies for Invasive Plant Management and Rehabilitation of Western Rangelands

Location: Great Basin Rangelands Research

Title: Breaking the cheatgrass fire cycle

item Harmon, Daniel - Dan
item Clements, Darin - Charlie

Submitted to: The Progressive Rancher
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/24/2021
Publication Date: 9/7/2021
Citation: Harmon, D.N., Clements, D.D. 2021. Breaking the cheatgrass fire cycle. The Progressive Rancher. 21(7):12-16.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The accidental introduction and subsequent invasion of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) throughout millions of hectares of Intermountain West rangelands has resulted in astronomical changes to many plant communities. Resource managers need tools to conduct aggressive and effective weed control practices on cheatgrass-infested rangelands to improve restoration/rehabilitation efforts. The Society for Range Management-Nevada Section held a field tour on June 10, 2021on rangelands near Battle Mountain, NV. The tour included the use of livestock to reduce cheatgrass fuels as well as pre-emergent herbicides and seeding methodologies to control cheatgrass, improve perennial grass, shrub and forb seeding success levels to aide in the rehabilitation of disturbed rangelands and improve sustainable grazing practices and wildlife habitat. Topics from cheatgrass fuels reduction by targeted grazing to improving the seeding of native perennial grasses was covered. The tour was well received by numerous attendees and represented practical on-the-ground successes in rangeland rehabilitation.