• Why are Proposed Public Land Transfers a Source of Extreme Conflict and Resistance?

      Wayland, T.; West, L.; Mata, J.; Turner, B. L. (Society for Range Management, 2018-04)
    • Impacts of Wild Horses, Cattle, and Wildlife on Riparian Areas in Idaho

      Kaweck, M. M.; Severson, J. P.; Launchbaugh, K. L. (Society for Range Management, 2018-04)
      Our study confirms that grazing by cattle and horses can negatively impact riparian ecosystems if not properly managed. Population levels and grazing patterns of wild free-roaming horses limit management options, potentially leading to rangeland and riparian degradation. Grazing by wild free-roaming horses and cattle in riparian areas caused streambank disturbance and reductions in stubble height and herbaceous biomass. Both wild free-roaming horses and cattle affected riparian attributes while wildlife had little effect. Horses had a greater negative impact than did cattle when examined on an individual animal basis. Managers and ranchers in areas with wild free-roaming horses will need to consider potential impacts of unmanaged wild free-roaming horses in combination with livestock to mitigate the cumulative effects of multiple species of grazers on riparian condition.
    • Tanglehead in Southern Texas: A Native Grass with an Invasive Behavior

      Wester, D. B.; Bryant, F. C.; Tjelmeland, A. D.; Grace, J. L.; Mitchell, S. L.; Edwards, J. T.; Hernández, F.; Lyons, R. K.; Clayton, M. K.; Rideout-Hanzak, S.; et al. (Society for Range Management, 2018-04)
      Tanglehead is a native bunchgrass with a pan-tropical distribution. Historically, tanglehead was common but not abundant in southern Texas and was considered a decreaser whose presence indicated good range condition. Beginning in the late 1990s, the Texas Coastal Sand Plain ecoregion witnessed dramatic increases in the abundance and distribution of tanglehead: thousands of acres of former grasslands were replaced by dense monotypic stands of tanglehead, reducing habitat quality for livestock and wildlife. Our research has focused on understanding factors related to tanglehead's expansion, its effects on habitat quality, and management practices that can improve range condition and habitat quality. The Authors
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      Sheley, R. (Society for Range Management, 2018-04)
    • Browsing the Literature

      Germino, M. (Society for Range Management, 2018-04)