Habitat Relationships of Basin Wildrye in the High Mountain Valleys of Central Utah
CitationWalker, G. R., & Brotherson, J. D. (1982). Habitat relationships of basin wildrye in the high mountain valleys of central Utah. Journal of Range Management, 35(5), 628-633.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractHabitat relationships between stands of basin wildrye (Elymus cinereus) and adjacent sagebrush-grass steppe were studied in the Strawberry Valley of central Utah. Fifteen sites of basin wildrye and 15 adjacent sites of sagebrush-grass steppe were selected and sampled for various biotic and abiotic environmental variables. Stands of basin wildrye were dominated by this grass (90% composition). The adjacent sagebrush-grass steppe exhibited more diversity of species and life forms. Basin wildrye and badger diggings were correlated 95% of the time. Potassium concentrations (P<.05) and soil depth (P<.01) were significantly greater in the basin wildrye sites. Secondary successional patterns were observed on disturbed sites.