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Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Cheatgrass Die-Off Areas in the Northern Great Basin

Dates

Start Date
2011-09-01
End Date
2012-06-15

Summary

Cheatgrass began invading the Great Basin about 100 years ago, changing large parts of the landscape from a rich, diverse ecosystem to one where a single invasive species dominates. Cheatgrass dominated areas experience more fires that burn more land than in native ecosystems, resulting in economic and resource losses. Therefore, the reduced production, or absence, of cheatgrass in previously invaded areas during years of adequate precipitation could be seen as a windfall. However, this cheatgrass dieoff phenomenon creates other problems for land managers like accelerated soil erosion, loss of early spring food supply for livestock and wildlife, and unknown recovery pathways. We used satellite data and scientific techniques to map [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Bruce K Wylie, Stephen Boyte, Donald Major
Funding Agency :
Northwest CSC

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NW-2011-6_Invasive_Cheatgrass_RobbHannawacker_NPS.jpg
“Invasive cheatgrass - Credit: Robb Hannawacker, NPS”
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projectStatusCompleted

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totalFunds97750.0
annualBudgets
year2011
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Additional Information

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urlhttp://www.doi.gov/csc/northwest/upload/NW-CSC-Science-Agenda-2012-2015.pdf

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