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Keyword: seral stages

Wildlife associations in Rocky Mountain juniper in the northern Great Plains, South Dakota

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2006
Rocky Mountain juniper is an important habitat component in the northern Great Plains. These woodlands provide vertical and horizontal vegetative structure that enhances wildlife use. Ecological approaches to managing habitats require understanding relationships between wildlife species and succession in plant communities.

Seral stage classification and monitoring model for big sagebrush/western wheatgrass/blue grama habitat

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2006
An ecological classification model for seral stages was developed for big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) shrub steppe habitat in Thunder Basin National Grassland, Wyoming. Four seral stages (early to late succession) were defined in this habitat type. Ecological seral stages were quantitatively identified with an estimated 92% level of accuracy when this model was applied in the field.

Bird community relationships to succession in green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) woodlands

Publications Posted on: May 04, 2006
We studied the relationship between breeding birds and seral stages of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) woodlands in central South Dakota between 1990 and 1992. Stands of early seral green ash undergoing primary succession had few small trees with western snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis) in the understory. Some early seral green ash stands resulted from retrogression and had large trees with grass understory.

Applicability of Montreal Process Criterion 2: Productive capacity--to rangeland sustainability

Publications Posted on: May 04, 2006
Rangelands provide habitat for a wide array of plants and animals and forage for both domestic and wild herbivores. Estimating the cumulative area of rangeland in a country (Indicator 10) is complicated by how rangeland is defined and the scale at which range sites occur and are classified.