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    Author(s): Patricia Manzano; Rurik List
    Date: 2006
    Source: In: Basurto, Xavier; Hadley, Diana, eds. 2006. Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings. RMRS-P-40. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 43-47
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Grasslands are areas dominated by grasses and herbs with few or no trees. Grasslands receive too much rain for a desert environment and too little for a forest. Temperate North American grasslands, especially, have undergone changes on a continental level. Their high productivity and fertility, added to their level topography and lack of trees, make them ideal sites for farming and ranching. The transformation and loss of grasslands is causing the loss of species that depend on them, including grasslands birds, prairie dogs, and the black-footed ferret, the most endangered mammal of North America.

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    Citation

    Manzano, Patricia; List, Rurik. 2006. Grasslands of Mexico: A perspective on their conservation (Los pastizales del norte de Mexico: Una perspectiva para su conservacion). In: Basurto, Xavier; Hadley, Diana, eds. 2006. Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings. RMRS-P-40. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 43-47

    Keywords

    semi-arid grasslands, endangered species, sustainable ranching, Mexico-U.S. borderlands

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