Overstory-understory relations in pinyon-juniper woodlands in New Mexico
AuthorPieper, R. D.
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CitationPieper, R. D. (1990). Overstory-understory relations in pinyon-juniper woodlands in New Mexico. Journal of Range Management, 43(5), 413-415.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractHerbage biomass for blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis [H.B.K. Lag]), pinyon ricegrass (Piptochaetium fimbriatum [H.B.K.] Hitche.), New Mexico muhly (Muhlenbergia pauciflora Buckl.), other grasses and forbs was estimated on 25 pinyon-juniper stands of varying overstory cover on the Fort Stanton Experimental Ranch in south-central New Mexico. Negative 2nd degree polynomial curves best expressed the relationships between total understory and blue grama biomass and overstory canopy cover. Positive polynomial relationships were shown for cool-season graazs, New Mexico muhly, and pinyon ricegrass. Reducing pinyon-juniper canopy cover would likely increase blue grama production and reduce production of New Mexico muhly and pinyon ricegrass.