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Notes from the Manitou Experimental Forest

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
The Manitou Experimental Forest is a branch of the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. It is in the Pike National Forest, 28 miles north and west of Colorado Springs. This experimental area of 26 square miles was established in 1936 to study problems of watershed management, grazing, and other kinds of land use in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.

Grass - the West’s greatest commodity

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
To the stockman there is no sight more beautiful than a range producing an abundant growth of good forage on which good livestock is making him a living. The above scene illustrates the luxuriant forage which can and should be obtained on most of our mountain ranges.

Return of abandoned fields to forage production can be hastened by reseeding

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
The favorable climate and natural beauty of the ponderosa pine zone throughout Colorado led to intensive settlement of most of the 4 million acres which it occupies. Along with settlement came agriculture and cultivation. The better lands were used for the production of potatoes, lettuce, grain and other crops adapted to the climate or needs of the settlers.

Studies show cattle shrink 47 pounds in corral overnight

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
During a study of range management at the Central Plains Experimental Range in northeastern Colorado, observations were made on the amount of shrink of yearling Hereford range cattle held overnight in a dry lot. As transactions with cattle often must consider shrink under somewhat similar conditions, this information will interest buyers and sellers alike.

It pays to stock your ranges conservatively

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
If a section of your mountain grazing land yielded an income of $316, $592, or $478 in a given year, depending upon the manner in which it was stocked, you would have felt badly, indeed, if you hadn’t secured the maximum return. Yet many stockmen are still taking a limited return each year because they do not realize the importance of good grass management or because they are not aware of the land potentialities.

Efficient cattle production on Colorado ranges

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
As an aid to securing increased efficiency in range cattle production, this bulletin presents some of the latest results of investigations made in Colorado by the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. These results have been obtained on short-grass ranges and on ponderosa pine-bunchgrass ranges and are applicable in general to most of the plains and mountainous areas of the State.

Rangeland water developments at springs: best practices for design, rehabilitation, and restoration

Publications Posted on: February 13, 2020
Springs serve an ecologically important role as perennial water sources, essential habitat for native species, and support for stream flow. Spring developments on rangelands provide water to livestock and wildlife. Thoughtful design of sustainable developments will supply water to livestock and wildlife while maintaining the intrinsic ecological functions and values of springs.

Simulation techniques in forest-range management

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
Apollo 11, the first manned flight to the surface of the moon, was a spectacular feat. A major reason the flight was so successful was that Apollo 11 had already made the trip a great many times - theoretically in a computer. What a mess the first flights must have been! But, they were made without loss of astronauts, resources, or time. The technique used by NASA is available to, and being used by, managers and scientists in many fields.

Ground markers aid in procurement and interpretation of large-scale 70 MM aerial photography

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
Butcher paper, surveyor stakes, lath strips, plastic letter-number codes, paper plates, and drop-panel markers were all useful for marking range ground features, providing strict flightline control, and interpreting resultant aerial photographs. All markers were both highly detectable and resolvable at the largest scale of 1:600. All markers remained visible, yet some became less resolvable, at the smaller scales of 1:2400 and 1:4600.

Nail-board method of root sampling

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
A method of exposing root systems of individual plants or plant communities has been developed and used successfully at the Manitou Experimental Forest in Colorado. Called the nail-board method, it incorporates techniques used by Pavlychenko (1937), Weaver and Darland (1949), and especially adapts those of de Roo (1957). Soil monoliths containing root samples are excavated in a nail-studded frame.

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