Competition Between Big Sagebrush and Seeded Grasses on Foothill Ranges in Utah
AuthorCook, C. W.
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CitationCook, C. W. (1963). Competition between big sagebrush and seeded grasses on foothill ranges in Utah. Journal of Range Management, 16(5), 245-250.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
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