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Disturbance characteristics, vegetation and biocrust cover from the northern Great Basin (USA) 2012-2013


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Condon, L.A., 2018, Disturbance characteristics, vegetation and biocrust cover from the northern Great Basin (USA) 2012-2013: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Fifteen fires from the Chronosequence dataset (see Knutson et al. 2014) were visited in 2012 and 2013 and surveyed for cover of lichens and mosses. Fires were selected to cover the range of average precipitation for each of three water years following fire, fire severity, time since fire, season of ignition, total acres burned and grazing intensity. Cattle grazing was characterized by distance from water sources for cattle, cow dung density counts and Animal Unit Months from the Rangeland Administration System of the Bureau of Land Management. Fire was characterized by whether or not a site burned, time since fire, the area burned, and an estimated amount of shrub cover consumed by the fire as compared to seemingly comparable unburned [...]


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The purpose of the dataset is to determine the influence of mosses, lichens and native bunchgrasses on site resistance to cheatgrass invasion in the presence of cattle grazing and fire.



  • Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)
  • USGS Data Release Products



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DOI doi:10.5066/F72Z14S7

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