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    Author(s): Loren St. John; Dan Ogle
    Date: 2009
    Source: Tech. Note TN Plant Materials No. 16. Boise, ID; Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. 16 p.
    Publication Series: Technical Bulletin
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    According to the National Interagency Fire Center, between 1998 and 2008 there were on average 65,581 fires per year and an average of 6,114,135 acres burned each year in the United States. Rangelands in the western United States have been invaded by many annual weed species including cheatgrass, an introduced winter annual grass that produces large quantities of highly flammable fuel and has been one of the major causes of the increase in wildfire in the western United States. It is estimated that over 76 million acres are either infested with or susceptible to cheatgrass invasion (Pellant, 1996).

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    Citation

    St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan. 2009. Green strips or vegetative fuel breaks. Tech. Note TN Plant Materials No. 16. Boise, ID; Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. 16 p.

    Keywords

    green strips, fuel breaks, fire, rangeland

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