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Subalpine meadow plant communities in Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 2011-2012


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Lee, S.R., Berlow, E.L., Ostoja, S.M., Brooks, M.L., Génin, Alexandre, Matchett, J.R., and Hart, S.C., 2017, Subalpine meadow plant communities in Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 2011-2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This publication presents data collected within meadows from samples used to assess meadow plant community responses to recreational pack stock as part of a USGS Natural Resources Preservation Project. High elevation meadows are a vital ecological component of mountain systems throughout western North America. They provide critical habitat for wildlife, supply key ecosystem services, and are favored destinations for people visiting the mountains. The biophysical characteristics of meadows are highly variable, especially related to hydrologic regimes and associated plant community types. In the semi-arid landscape of the Sierra, water availability operates at multiple scales strongly influencing meadow plant community structure. Among [...]


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These data were collected to investigate the potential impacts of recreational pack stock on plant communities. Future research could be used for comparison of meadow communities over time.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7RR1WQK

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