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Biogeochemical and ecological impacts of livestock grazing in semi-arid southeastern Utah, USA

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Richard L Reynolds, Jason C Neff, and Daniel P Fernandez, Biogeochemical and ecological impacts of livestock grazing in semi-arid southeastern Utah, USA: .

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Relatively few studies have examined the ecological and biogeochemical effects of livestock grazing in southeastern Utah. In this study, we evaluated how grazing has affected soil organic carbon and nitrogen to a depth of 50 cm in grasslands located in relict and actively-grazed sites in the Canyonlands physiographic section of the Colorado Plateau. We also evaluated differences in plant ground cover and the spatial distribution of soil resources. Results show that areas used by domestic livestock have 20% less plant cover and 100% less soil organic carbon and nitrogen compared to relict sites browsed by native ungulates. In actively grazed sites, domestic livestock grazing also appears to lead to clustered, rather than random, spatial [...]

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From Source - Mendeley RIS export <br> On - Tue May 10 11:02:41 CDT 2011

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