Increase of mequite on a southern New Mexico desert grassland range

TitleIncrease of mequite on a southern New Mexico desert grassland range
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1960
AuthorsWright RAnderson
Number of Pages55
Date Published1960
UniversityNew Mexico State University
CityLas Cruces, New Mexico
Thesis TypeM.S. Thesispp
Call Number00596
Keywordsbrush control,Prosopis, cattle, Prosopis distribution, dissertation, dissertations, Prosopis, cattle, Prosopis, distribution, theses, thesis
AbstractThe encroachment of mesquite onto the desert grasslands of the Southwest has reduced the carrying capacity of a considerable portion of these grasslands. The purpose of the present study is to supply some of the information that will supplement studies concerned with the improvement of mesquite-infested ranges. Grazing by domestic livestock, climatic change, and suppression of grassland fires are each considered as a possible primary cause of the increase of mesquite on the Jornada Plains. The author concludes that grazing by domestic livestock, and the associated mesquite seed dissemination, was the most likely of the three factors to have disrupted the balance and allowed mesquite to extensively invade this area.