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    Author(s): W. M. Johnson; Elbert H. Reid
    Date: 1964
    Source: Journal of Range Management. 17(3): 137-141.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    This paper indicates a method of judging range condition of grassland areas in the ponderosa pine forest of the Colorado Front Range based on relative herbage production of desirable forage species. The loop method of Parker (1951) is now widely used in range management. Data obtained by the method include measurements of vegetation (cover index, composition, and vigor) and soils and erosion (bare ground and litter). Vigor is represented by leaf-height measurements of the major forage species. Guides for using these data for estimating range condition and trend in range condition on many plant types have been developed. However, improvement of these range condition guides is desirable.

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    Johnson, W. M.; Reid, Elbert H. 1964. Range condition classification of bunchgrass range at the Manitou Experimental Forest in Colorado. Journal of Range Management. 17(3): 137-141.

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    classification, bunchgrass range, herbage, range mangement

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