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    Author(s): Carolyn A. F. Enquist; David F. Gori
    Date: 2005
    Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 359-363
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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    Grasslands in the Apache Highlands ecoregion have experienced dramatic changes. To assess and identify remaining native grasslands for conservation planning and management, we used a combination of expert consultation and field verification. Over two-thirds of native grasslands have experienced shrub encroachment. More than 30% of these may be restorable with prescribed fire. Private land accounts for more than half of open, non-shrub invaded native grasslands. Almost 95% of the private lands in this study have no legal protection. Over 25% of all native grasslands are contained in the Apache Highlands ecoregional analysis’ top two priority conservation areas.

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    Enquist, Carolyn A. F.; Gori, David F. 2005. An assessment of the spatial extent and condition of grasslands in the Apache Highlands ecoregion. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 359-363

    Keywords

    grasslands, conservation, management, shrubs, prescribed fire, encroachment

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