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Sacaton Riparian Grasslands

Mapping Distribution and Ecological Condition using State-and-Transition Models in Upper Cienaga Creek Watershed

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2012, 2013, Sacaton Riparian Grasslands: .

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Riparian grasslands dominated by big sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) once covered floodplains across the southwest, but have been reduced to some 5% of their historical extent. Sacaton stands that remain provide key resources for watershed function, wildlife, and livestock—yet may need special management to sustain these benefits. This report describes mapping methods and management recommendations that can be applied to riparian grasslands throughout the region. By examining sacaton grasslands in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, this project also refines methods for evaluating ecological condition, and provides managers at this site with detailed maps of both high-quality habitat and restoration needs.

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languageEnglish
noteTiller, R., M. Hughes, and G. Bodner. 2012. Sacaton Riparian Grasslands: Mapping Distribution and Ecological Condition using State-and-Transition Models in the Upper Cienega Creek Watershed. The Nature Conservancy, Tucson, Arizona. 45 pp + appendices.
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valueThe Nature Conservancy in Arizona
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valueTucson, Arizona, USA

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conference7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts
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noteIn: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Tiller, Ron; Hughes, Melissa; Bodner, Gita. 2013. Sacaton riparian grasslands of the Sky Islands: Mapping distribution and ecological condition using state-and-transition models in Upper Cienega Creek Watershed. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 410-424.
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