CitationYoung, J. A., & Clements, C. D. (2007). Cheatgrass and grazing rangelands. Rangelands, 29(6), 15-20.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractThe presence of annual grasses creates a controversy between livestock men and grazing administrators involving the following question: Do annual grasses indicate overgrazing? Would the annual grasses be largely absent from Nevada ranges if there had been no grazing? Should the carrying capacity of a range predominantly annual be based upon the perennials? Has anyone a practical method by which annuals can be replaced and perennials reestablished in a density which would permit saying that the range had been brought back to its pioneer carrying capacity? Is it reasonable to look at a range and if annuals predominate say the range is overstocked and reduction in livestock numbers should be made? … And if the answers are largely negative, will we not then have to live with the annuals and learn to make the most profitable use of them?