Browse evaluation of tall shrubs based on direct measurement of a management objective

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Compiled by: Stanley G. KitchenRosemary L. PendletonThomas A. Monaco, and Jason Vernon


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The monitoring of Geyer willow was based on the following management objective: Browsing will prevent fewer than 50 percent of Geyer willow shrubs from growing taller than 3 m . Three questions were addressed: (1) Is browsing a potential factor? (2) If so, can young plants grow taller than 3 meters? (3) If not, is browsing the dominant factor? All shrubs were intensely browsed. With a post-browsing growth rate of 5.0 cm per yr, no shrub could grow 3 m tall. Analyses of stem growth rate excluded dominant roles for climate and plant vigor. Browsing and stem age were the dominant factors that limited growth to 3 m tall.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Browse evaluation of tall shrubs based on direct measurement of a management objective
Series number USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-52. 2008
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Title Proceedings—Shrublands Under Fire: Disturbance and Recovery in a Changing World
First page 115
Last page 122
Conference Title 2006 Shrub Symposium
Conference Location Cedar City, UT
Conference Date June 6-8, 2006
Country United States
State Montana
Other Geospatial Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area
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