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    Author(s): Warren P. Clary; Nancy L. ShawJonathan G. DudleyVictoria A. Saab; John W. Kinney; Lynda C. Smithman
    Date: 1996
    Source: Res. Pap. INT-RP-492. Ogden, UT: US. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 32 p.
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
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    To find out if a depleted riparian system in the sagebrush steppe of eastern Oregon would respond quickly to improved management, five management treatments were applied for 7 years, ranging from ungrazed to heavily grazed treatments, including in some cases, planting of woody species. While the results varied, all treatments were too limited to significantly restore the damaged areas within the 7-year span. Although some improvements were made in woody plant densities, little meaningful change occurred in the frequencies of herbaceous wetland plants, densities of small wildlife, or stream channel morphology. We concluded the restoration would take many years, possibly decades, without increased revegetation efforts and continued reductions in grazing in this riparian system damaged over 150 years.

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    Clary, Warren P.; Shaw, Nancy L.; Dudley, Jonathan G.; Saab, Victoria A.; Kinney, John W.; Smithman, Lynda C. 1996. Response of a depleted sagebrush steppe riparian system to grazing control and woody plantings. Res. Pap. INT-RP-492. Ogden, UT: US. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 32 p.

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    livestock grazing, riparian restoration, Salixlasiandra, Salixexigua, Poa pratensis, Agrostis stolonifera, small wildlife, stream channel

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