Influence of livestock grazing and protection from livestock grazing on vegetational characteristics of <i>Bouteloua eriopoda</i> rangelands

TitleInfluence of livestock grazing and protection from livestock grazing on vegetational characteristics of Bouteloua eriopoda rangelands
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsAtwood TL
Number of Pages155
Date Published1987
UniversityNew Mexico State University
CityLas Cruces, New Mexico
Thesis TypePh.D. Dissertationpp
Call Number00010
Keywordscattle grazing, Bouteloua effect, dissertation, dissertations, grass, Bouteloua, rangeland,also SEE <GRASSLAND, SHRUBLAND>, rangeland,vegetation characteristics, theses, thesis
AbstractThis study, conducted on Bouteloua eriopoda rangelands in southern New Mexico, was initiated in an attempt to quantify the effects of livestock grazing and protection from grazing on the vegetational characteristics of these ranges....Density and frequency of perennial and annual forbs, and shrubs showed no relationship to either protection or grazing. It was concluded that livestock grazing is an important management tool in maintaining Bouteloua eriopoda rangelands, probably due to the species low tolerance to, and slow recovery from, drouth when ungrazed.