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    Author(s): Deborah M. Finch; Gale L. Wolters; Wang Yong; Mary Jean Mund
    Date: 1995
    Source: In: Finch, Deborah M.; Tainter, Joseph A., tech eds. Ecology, diversity, and sustainability of the Middle Rio Grande Basin. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-268. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 133-164.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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    Human populations have increased dramatically along the Rio Grande since European settlement. Human use of water for irrigation and consumption, and human use of land for agriculture, urban centers, livestock grazing, and recreation have changed Rio Grande ecosystems by altering flood cycles, channel geomorphology, upslope processes, and water quality and quantity. Such abiotic changes have influenced the biological diversity and ecological functions of the Middle Rio Grande Basin, altering the distribution, structure, and composition of riparian plant and animal communities.

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    Finch, Deborah M.; Wolters, Gale L.; Yong, Wang; Mund, Mary Jean. 1995. Plants, arthropods, and birds of the Rio Grande [chapter 7]. In: Finch, Deborah M.; Tainter, Joseph A., tech eds. Ecology, diversity, and sustainability of the Middle Rio Grande Basin. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-268. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 133-164.

    Keywords

    Rio Grande, sustainability, riparian, environmental history, climate change, pinyon-juniper, desert grasslands, ecosystem restoration

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