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South Dakota rangelands: More than a sea of grassAuthor(s): F. Robert Gartner; Carolyn Hull Sieg
Source: Rangelands. 18(6): 212-216.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionPresettlement explorers described the region’s landscape as a “sea of grass.” Yet, this “sea” was quite varied, and included a wealth of less obvious forested communities. Both physiographic and climatic gradients across the state of South Dakota contributed to the development of variable vegetation types of South Dakota. The diverse flora truly identifies the state as a “Land of Infinite Variety.” Variations in climate, soils, and topography help to accentuate this label. Large herbivores such as bison and periodic fires ignited by lightning and American Indians also contributed to the formation of the pre-settlement landscape.
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CitationGartner, F. Robert; Sieg, Carolyn Hull. 1996. South Dakota rangelands: More than a sea of grass. Rangelands. 18(6): 212-216.
Keywordsrangelands, vegetation types, South Dakota
- Incorporating historical ecosystem diversity into conservation planning efforts in grass and shrub ecosystems
- Flora and fauna associated with prairie dog colonies and adjacent ungrazed mixed-grass prairie in western South Dakota
- Towards place-based borderlands grassland conservation (Hacia la conservacion de pastizales en tierras fronterizas)
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