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Chapter 12. Seedbed preparation and seeding practicesAuthor(s): Stephen B. Monsen; Richard Stevens
Source: In: Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., comps. Restoring western ranges and wildlands, vol. 1. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-136-vol-1. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 121-154
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionSelection and use of seeds of different species must be carefully considered in range and wildland improvement projects. The selection of species to be planted in any restoration program usually takes place after the decision has been made to restore or rehabilitate an area, and the objectives of the project have been determined. However, availability of seed and planting stock can delay and alter seeding programs. Seeding and planting involves an introduction of seeds and plants to a site that alters existing plant communities and influences successional processes. Most seeding projects are conducted only once, and the plant communities that ultimately develop are dependent upon the initial success of the plantings. In contrast to natural seedings that normally produce only a few new seedlings each year and may or may not alter plant composition, artificial seedings, if successful, create a dramatic and immediate change in community composition.
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CitationMonsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard. 2004. Chapter 12. Seedbed preparation and seeding practices. In: Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard; Shaw, Nancy L., comps. Restoring western ranges and wildlands, vol. 1. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-136-vol-1. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 121-154
Keywordsrehabilitation, revegetation, plant ecology, seed, plant communities, wildlife habitat, invasive species, equipment, plant materials, native plants
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