• Fairy Rings and Wildlife

      Stelfox, J. G.; Stelfox, D. (Society for Range Management, 1979-11-01)
      Fairy rings 25×30 m in diam were observed on southwest-facing grasslands of the Rock Creek drainage of Montana at the 1,450-m elevation on May 20, 1970. Within the stimulated growth portion of the rings there was 5 to 9 times as much new grass growth in proportion to old standing litter than outside the rings. Protein, calcium, and phosphorus values were 3.7, 1.6, and 3.9 times higher, respectively, for the new forage on the rings than for the old forage elsewhere. Deer use of the ring area was more than twice as great as that away from the rings, according to fecal group counts.