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dc.contributor.authorDavies, Kirk W.
dc.contributor.authorBates, Jonathan D.
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Richard F.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-05T07:38:38Z
dc.date.available2020-09-05T07:38:38Z
dc.date.issued2006-11-01
dc.identifier.citationDavies, K. W., Bates, J. D., & Miller, R. F. (2006). Vegetation characteristics across part of the Wyoming big sagebrush alliance. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 59(6), 567-575.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/06-004R2.1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/643111
dc.description.abstractThe Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. Wyomingensis [Beetle A. Young] S.L. Welsh) alliance is the most extensive of the big sagebrush complex in the Intermountain West. This alliance provides critical habitat for many sagebrush obligate and facultative wildlife species and serves as a forage base for livestock production. There is a lack of information that describes vegetation cover values, characteristics, diversity, and heterogeneity of the Wyoming big sagebrush alliance. This study describes vegetation cover values and defines distinct associations for intact, late-seral Wyoming big sagebrush plant communities across part of its northwestern range. We sampled 107 Wyoming big sagebrush plant communities. Total herbaceous cover values were variable among sites with differences between sites exceeding 700%. Mean sagebrush cover was 12.3% with 90% of the sites producing 6% to 20% cover. Tall forb (.18 cm) cover averaged 1.9% and 90% of the sites varied between 0.2% and 5.6% cover. Five associations delineated by dominant perennial bunchgrass species were identified: ARTRW8 (Wyoming big sagebrush)/PSSP6 (Pseudoroegneria spicata [Pursh] A. Löve, bluebunch wheatgrass), ARTRW8/ACTH7 (Achnatherum thurberianum [Piper] Barkworth, Thurber’s needlegrass), ARTRW8/FEID (Festuca idahoensis Elmer, Idahofescue), ARTRW8/HECO26 (Hesperostipa comata [Trin. Rupr.] Barkworth, needle-and-thread), and ARTRW8/PSSP6-ACTH7 (a codominance of bluebunch wheatgrass and Thurber’s needlegrass). Our results suggest when the vegetation cover values proposed for sage-grouse are applied as requirements at or above the stand level, they exceed the ecological potentialof many of the sites sampled.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectArtemisia tridentata spp. wyomingensis
dc.subjectcover potential
dc.subjectplant associations
dc.subjectvegetation cover
dc.subjectsage grouse
dc.titleVegetation Characteristics Across Part of the Wyoming Big Sagebrush Alliance
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Rangeland Ecology & Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.description.admin-noteLegacy DOIs that must be preserved: 10.2458/azu_jrm_v59i6_davies
dc.source.volume59
dc.source.issue6
dc.source.beginpage567-575
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-05T07:38:38Z


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